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EDITOR'S DESK PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIE ENGEBRETSON ANDERSON Looking to the Cloud for Support T he cloud has changed how I live my life. When moving across the U.S. from Florida to Minnesota this past winter to take my new job as managing editor of this magazine, I relied on information in the cloud for so many aspects of the 28-hour road trip. I could access my music to keep me entertained on the drive. I could view documents such as my moving company information or hotel reservations from my phone that I had saved on my laptop before packing it away. My driving companion, my mother, could easily access the information as well. And when searching for moving companies, I collaborated with a friend in a shared spreadsheet comparing options. In short, the cloud made my move go much smoother. Access to the cloud has become so commonplace and expected by customers that IBM is focusing efforts on making it more available to clients while maintaining the worldclass service and security users come to expect. Announced April 8, the IBM Enterprise Cloud System offers a converged stack of System z* hardware, IBM storage and software in one package, allowing clients to be up and running quickly. IBM is responding to clients' desires to build private and hybrid cloud infrastructures while keeping the quality and scalability offered by System z. Read about the new system in "A Cloud in a Box" on page 32. As transactions continue migrating to the wireless realm, cloud enablement has become a highly anticipated feature for users of the new CICS* application server. This cloudenabled server offers clustering capability, meaning that it can handle failures not only at the application level, but also at the system level, decreasing downtime and increasing reliability, as seen on page 36. And IBM is working with managed service providers (MSPs) to bring the mainframe to clients that might not have the need for an entire mainframe of their own. Find out why MSPs are migrating to System z to bring quality service to others on page 14, and how IBM is providing cloud support to those clients. Also in this issue, read how Tucson, Ariz.-based SinfoniaRx moved to the IBM Enterprise Linux* Server to enable future growth while staying within a single computing footprint (page 27), the importance of finding information in unstructured data (page 18) and how new software provides information directly to the processor to make its computing smarter (page 46). Now that I've settled into my new home and job, I'm still using the cloud. It's becoming more ingrained in how I use technology and information seamlessly across all parts of my life. Valerie Dennis // Managing Editor CONTRIBUTORS Peter Szwed Lego league volunteer Author of the Tech Corner article on page 50, Peter Szwed spends Sunday afternoons from September to February coaching a FIRST Lego League (FLL) team in Rhinebeck, N.Y. FLL teams consist of children ages 9 to 14 that build and program a Lego Mindstorm robot to execute a set of challenges based on a research theme. The teams also choose and research a topic on the theme and develop an innovative solution for presentation to a judging panel. 6 // MAY/JUNE 2014 Brian R. Prasky Intelligence creator Brian R. Prasky, co-author of the Administrator article on page 46, recently built a cognitive house. Beyond doing physical work on the house, he also designed and wrote the back-end server code to control devices in every room and learn relationships between occupant behavior and device behavior in the house, thereby allowing the house to learn about its occupants and interact with them.

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