IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2014 - (Page 14)

TRENDS Bringing the MAINFRAME to the Masses Partnership with MSPs allows more companies to be on the platform than ever before D riven by a need to reduce business costs while delivering more value, IBM is helping managed service providers (MSPs) present businesses and individuals with the world-class quality of a mainframe, and the technical skills and knowledge needed to keep it functioning. Valerie Dennis is managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. MSPs offer a pay-as-you-go model to third-party contractors delivering services, applications and equipment to businesses, individuals or other service providers that don't have the resources to update and maintain a network of their own. To meet future demand and provide quality service today, MSPs want to work on the mainframe to meet their needs. By bringing their applications to a System z*, they can expand infrastructure while minimizing costs and downtime. 14 // MAY/JUNE 2014 MSPs are transitioning from a support position to become central influencers and buyers in IT infrastructure decisions. As their role grows, they must develop infrastructure solutions capable of supporting enterprise-grade applications underpinning a second wave of workloads moving to cloud. Through advances with Linux* on System z and the introduction of the Enterprise Linux Server, a new opportunity arose to bring MSPs onto the mainframe. Some companies took this as an oppor- tunity to leverage their expertise with the mainframe and their industry-specific knowledge to provide services to others, says Bryan Foley, program director, System z Stack Strategy and Portfolio Management. "Some are commissioned by their governments to serve as a central provider of services to other entities in that country or region. Others that are new to the mainframe understood the cost advantages provided by the mainframe compared to other platforms," he continues.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2014

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Looking to the cloud for support
Techbits: Calling Ugandan Government
Partner PoV: With the right approach mainframers can improve the application environment to better position themselves for the future
Trends: Partnerships with MSPs allows more companies to be on the platform than ever before
Currents: Figuring out the questions to be answered simplified the search for information within unstructured data
R&D: Science and serendipity meet at the IBM Accelerated Discovery Lab
Case Study: Good Medicine: SinfoniaRx improves patient services by moving to a zEnterprise 114 Enterprise Linux Server
Cover Story: A Cloud In A Box: Enterprise Cloud System is IBM's first converged mainframe offering
Feature: Reliability Amid Change: Develop cloud applications and meet consumer expectations with the IBM CICS V5.2 application server
Tech Showcase: Why enterprises are considering cloud
Administrator: In addition to increasing raw speed and feed, software can provide information directly to the System z microprocessor
Tech Corner: Flash Express provides increased system availability and resiliency during peak demand
Solutions: Accelerator for .NET 4.3; Ivory Data Hub v5.2.0; Savvytest 2.0 for z/OS; zHISR 2.0; Ivory Service Architect; SpaceFinder
Stop Run: Community orchestra inspires IBM data scientist Scott Spangler in work and life
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Special Report: Big Data's Competitive Advantage
Special Report: IBM Global Training
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2014