IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013 - (Page 6)

Inside this month’s issue Virtual Argument Over Cloud CONTRIBUTORS T Gary Puchkoff The plane facts In his spare time, Gary Puchkoff, co-author of this issue’s Trends article on page 12, likes to fly planes of various sizes. He earned his pilot’s license at age 17, and although he hasn’t flown in recent years, he plans to resume soon. On a much smaller scale, his hobbies include building and piloting remote-controlled aircraft and boats. Mike Baskey A tutor with his own horn Mike Baskey, author of the feature on page 26, spends much of his free time tutoring students in grades six to 12. For nearly a decade, he’s helped students with math as a volunteer in the Wappingers Central School District in New York. He’s also an avid cyclist and plays volleyball, basketball and the trumpet. Two years ago, he took up he cloud is ubiquitous these days. It’s grown beyond an IT trend du jour into a household term. I even found myself in a cloud computing showdown with a stranger at a class reunion last summer. My new acquaintance, who works in software marketing, quickly shifted the discussion to the merits of certain virtualization software options. As someone who focuses largely on hardware, I explained that software is undoubtedly important but virtualization starts with the platform. And, ultimately, it started with the mainframe—the godfather of virtualization decades ago. Unaware of IBM’s history and continued leadership in this area, she wasn’t convinced. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. Still, the chance to debate the merits of mainframe was a highlight of my evening. Not surprising, cloud and virtualization are highlights in this issue of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. We examine some of IBM’s software/hardware innovations to enable cloud solutions on the zEnterprise* System. Our cover story on page 20 examines the recent introduction of the IBM Entry Cloud Configuration for SAP Solutions on zEnterprise. This offering combines technology and services to automate, standardize and speed day-to-day SAP operations for greater efficiency and PHOTOGRAPH BY TRAVIS ANDERSON Editor’s Desk reduced complexity. Building upon that theme, “Reach Cloud’s Potential” on page 26 explores the capability of IBM SmartCloud* Foundation to exploit the zEnterprise platform and deliver efficient and cost-effective cloud implementations. Delving deeper, Tech Corner on page 32 examines workload management within a System z* virtualization environment. IBM research outlined in the article found the mainframe’s total cost of acquisition (TCA) was much lower than a competitor’s for handling various high-priority workloads. In one scenario, the System z virtualization platform’s three-year TCA was less than half. Those are compelling numbers— the kind you might want to keep handy if you ever find yourself arguing virtualization at a class reunion. Mike Westholder, Managing Editor kayaking. Contact Mike at 6 MARCH/APRIL 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Virtual Argument Over Cloud
IBM Perspective: The Perfect IT Combination
Data Display: IBM Mainframe: A Leader in Energy Efficiency
Trends: Batch Modernization Redefines Application Development
IT Today: Running Highly Stacked Workloads on System z Can Greatly Reduce Cost Per Unit of Work
Cover Story: Breaking Through Complexity: IBM Entry Cloud Configuration for SAP Solutions bring simplicity and efficiency
Feature: Reach Cloud's Potential: Build your IT environment with IBM zEnterprise and SmartCloud
Tech Corner: System z Virtualization Environment Provides Far Lower TCA Than Its Intel Alternative
Solutions: CA Database Management Solutions for DB2 for z/OS, and CA Mainframe Chorus; Attachmate Reflection 2011 R3; PerfTechPro for z/OS; Compuware APM for Mainframe
Advertisers Index
Stop Run
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Special Report: Mobile Mainframe
2013 Mainframe Buyer's Guide Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2013