IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2014 - (Page 28)

IBM'S SYSTEM Z PLATFORM HAS MANY MORE TRICKS UP ITS SLEEVE BY JIM UTSLER / ILLUSTRATION BY RYAN ETTER ome computing platforms-no matter how robust they were for their time-simply ceased to innovate and are now distant memories, except for serious techies who often keep examples of each on a dusty shelf somewhere. One notable exception to this is IBM's family of mainframes. Now 50 years old, it continues a long history of new and improved functionality. Business analytics is an example of this. Read a recent article about data and it's sure to mention big data-that is, the growing amount of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data flowing into data centers. Converting it to actionable knowledge is no small feat, as it requires increasing the S amounts of computational speed, system memory, storage and analytics-based insight. Tools such as the Hadoopbased IBM InfoSphere* BigInsights* tackle the four V's of big data-volume, variety, velocity and veracity-and allow organizations to view and act upon the many types of data that create threads of intelligent insight into, for example, customer credit card activity. "Think about the capability to drive a set of algorithms that would score an online transaction, a banking transaction or a credit card transaction while it's occurring to determine whether something is fraudulent. Using advanced business analytics, you'll have more intelligence about your data and many fewer false positives 28 // JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 than you have today," says Jeff Frey, IBM System z* CTO. Another hot topic is mobile computing, especially with the increasing proliferation of smartphones and tablets. Employees and customers alike want access to back-end data over Wi-Fi or cellular connections. Providing this raises serious concerns, the most notable of which is security. The IBM Worklight* offering helps address this. "One of the things we focus on is the ideas behind MobileFirst, which is a major strategic endeavor for IBM," notes Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow and VP, Innovation. MobileFirst is a comprehensive mobile portfolio that combines security, analytics and app development software with cloud-based services and deep mobile expertise.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2014

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: The father of innovation
IBM Perspective: Mainframe innovation continues
Trends: RDz family of tools helps organizations address new paradigms and business expectations
IT Today: Flash Express integrates secure, high-performance storage within System z
Case Study: Weather or Not: Met Office makes a cost-conscious and test-driven decision to consolidate Linux instances on the mainframe
Cover Story: The System z influence: How mainframe innovations have helped shape and reshape the IT world
Feature: Always moving forward: IBM's System z platform has many more tricks up its sleeve
Tech Corner: JES2 SAPI POST optimization can yield results
How To: How to successfully implement zBX hybrid computing
Solutions: Attunity Replicate 2.1, InSync Plugin, Storage Director 4.1
Stop Run: Coin collecting and history fascinate mainframe strategist
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2014