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Database Performance

The 5 Key Factors for Database Performance

IT organizations are always chasing better performance. This involves monitoring, tuning, and improving all aspects of the IT infrastructure, encompassing servers, networks, applications, desktops, and databases. But let’s focus on the database, shall we? Five factors influence database performance: workload, throughput,[...]
Linux Containers

Mainframes, containers, and Linux

We all know why mainframes are good – all that reliability, availability, and security stuff that we’ve been hearing about for many years. The question then becomes: how can we make mainframes better? IBM’s new Z15 mainframe announcement shows how security can be enhanced[...]
Dev Ops

DevOps in the multi-platform Data Center

Positioned by some as the panacea of new-age IT management, promising shorter development times, improved business processes, reduced time to market, more engaged teams, greater business agility, and more, DevOps is all the rage. If you're not doing it, you're[...]

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How well is your mainframe outsourcer managing capacity and performance? – Part 2 – Understanding MIPS and MSU

Part 2: Understanding MIPS and MSU This is the second in a series of blogs about how to follow up on your mainframe outsourcer. The first blog was about why it is important to follow up, and some of the pitfalls[...]
New Normal

Modernizing Mainframe Access for the “New Normal”

Many enterprises that rely on IBM mainframes were caught out when the pandemic hit as they were not set up to enable large numbers of staff to access applications remotely. However, the enforced switch to home working has provided the[...]

Websphere Application Server – Now An Essential Part of z/OS

To many, z/OS is a legacy operating system where ‘old school’ technologies like CICS, COBOL and batch reign. Java, not so much. But tools and platforms usually found on Linux and Windows servers are now, not only present on z/OS, but[...]
Outsourcer Metrics

How well is your mainframe outsourcer managing capacity and performance? – Part 1

There are many reasons why companies choose to outsource their mainframe. One of the major reasons is economies of scale—cost per unit (e.g. per MIPS or MSU) for hardware and software falls dramatically as the mainframe gets larger. Similarly, the[...]
Data Breach

What was the cost of a data breach in 2020?

A data breach is every company's waking nightmare. What is the cost of a data breach for your company?Ponemon Institute and IBM Security released the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report. Interviews were conducted with more than 3,200 professionals[...]

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