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And this included the support of IBM and Sirius, both of which offered to lend a hand when needed. An IBM zVM expert, for example, lives only an hour from Shelter’s data center and would come in to help where needed—and still comes in so IT staff can “pick his brain,” Giglio says. To review what Shelter had done, Sirius also sent an expert, who made only a few minor suggestions. “It was reassuring to have someone come in and validate our work,” Giglio remarks.

Although Giglio—who won an award for his paper, “The

Penguins Have Landed: Getting Started with Linux on System z,” from the Computer Measurement Group—says the company has been “slow yet deliberate” toward wider adoption of Linux on the z114, Shelter has made great strides without putting its production systems at risk. This is all part of his larger philosophy, which de-emphasizes best practices in favor of avoiding worst practices. “Best practices are really too expensive,” he says. “Instead, I prefer to avoid worst practices and say, ‘That’s not working out so well. Let’s stop doing it.’ In my book, that’s the best way to do things—which, come to think of it, is a best practice of sorts. But that’s for another day.”

Whatever the case, it’s clear that Shelter has taken the right road when it comes to deploying Linux applications on its z114. It could’ve hurriedly taken the big-bang route, but that might have ended in disaster. Now, with all of the proper skills and infrastructure in place, it can deliberately decide what it wants to move to the mainframe and when, without having to worry about another costly data center makeover.

Jim Utsler, IBM Systems Magazine senior writer, has been covering technology for nearly 20 years.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012

Editor's Desk: The Taste of Success
Dashboard: Pay by Phone - Current Conditions - Work Without Boundaries - Digital Personalities
IBM Perspective: The Performance of Many, the Efficiency of One
Trends: Why zBX Outperforms DIY When Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure
Q&A: Accurate TCO Analysis Demonstrates the True Value of System z
IT Today: IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Streamlines Software Delivery
Case Study: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Shelter Insurance employs a measured approach in adopting Linux on zEnterprise 114
Cover Story: Internal Transformation: System z is at the center of initiative, which has saved the company $100 million so far
Feature: Large Memory Tames Big Data: The System z stack evolves to deliver business value from more memory
Tech Corner: A More Effective Comparison Starts With Relative Capacity
Administrator: JES2 Helps Expedite the Relocation of Data Volumes
Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.0 - Vanguard Security and Compliance Solutions - MegaCryption DB - ASG-TMON for DB2 - Reflection Suite for X - Orchestrated IT
Advertiser's Index
Stop Run: Wreck Diving Brings IBMer Face to Face With Lost History
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IB Tape Storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Editor's Desk: The Taste of Success
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Dashboard: Pay by Phone - Current Conditions - Work Without Boundaries - Digital Personalities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IBM Perspective: The Performance of Many, the Efficiency of One
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Trends: Why zBX Outperforms DIY When Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Q&A: Accurate TCO Analysis Demonstrates the True Value of System z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IT Today: IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Streamlines Software Delivery
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Case Study: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Shelter Insurance employs a measured approach in adopting Linux on zEnterprise 114
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover Story: Internal Transformation: System z is at the center of initiative, which has saved the company $100 million so far
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Feature: Large Memory Tames Big Data: The System z stack evolves to deliver business value from more memory
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Tech Corner: A More Effective Comparison Starts With Relative Capacity
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Administrator: JES2 Helps Expedite the Relocation of Data Volumes
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.0 - Vanguard Security and Compliance Solutions - MegaCryption DB - ASG-TMON for DB2 - Reflection Suite for X - Orchestrated IT
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Advertiser's Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Stop Run: Wreck Diving Brings IBMer Face to Face With Lost History
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 56
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - BG2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IB Tape Storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T6
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