IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014 - (Page 8)

IBM PERSPECTIVE Sunny Outlook on the Mainframe W eather is dangerous. We've seen its power in recent superstorms-where even a few hours' warning can mean the difference between life and death. The IBM mainframe plays a role in making those warnings possible today with the U.K.'s Met Office. Web and mobile devices. And it handles the Web traffic spikes that severe weather brings. With so many people depending on the Met Office, the reliability of the mainframe remains integral to their strategy for the future. With the mainframe, the Met Office: ĀÃ *HQHUDWHVÃZHDWKHUÃUHSRUWVÃ that impact businesses and governments around the globe ĀÃ *HQHUDWHVÃDYLDWLRQÃUHSRUWVÃ that save the airline industry millions of dollars each year by informing airlines of the best routes to fly based on wind patterns and storms ĀÃ *HQHUDWHVÃIRUHFDVWVÃ based on more than 10 million daily weather observations ĀÃ $QDO\]HVÃWKHÃũůÃ3%ÃRIÃ data produced by global climate research The mainframe has been at the core of the Met Office's mission for more than 40 years. It consistently delivers business value and generates a majorLW\ÃRIÃWKHÃRUJDQL]DWLRQùVÃ revenue even as IT trends change. Today, the Met Office is consolidating workloads back onto the mainframe to avoid the unseen 8 // JULY/AUGUST 2014 costs of distributed commodity infrastructure and to gain the reliability and manageability EHQHILWVÃRIÃDÃFHQWUDOL]HGÃDUFKLWHFWXUHÃEDVHGÃRQÃ6\VWHPÃ] Martyn Catlow, Met Office's SRUWIROLRÃOHDGÃIRUÃFHQWUDOL]HGÃ IT infrastructure, comments, "Commodity x86-based systems GRÃFRVWÃIDUÃOHVVÃWRÃDFTXLUHÃSHUÃ unit of capability, which drives a lot of people when making WHFKQRORJ\ÃFRPSDULVRQVÃ%XWÃ the longer-term costs, including support, infrastructure, environmental issues and mirroring IRUÃUHVLOLHQFHÃTXLFNO\ÃDGGÃXS "The amount of money you spend on distributed systems FDQÃEHÃVWDJJHULQJÃ

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Protecting information
IBM Perspective: Sunny outlook on the mainframe
Techbits: Watson: your personal shopper
Infographic: How the mainframe changed our world
Partner PoV: ISVs can help mainframe customers keep up with a rapidly evolving environment
Focus on Storage: IBM FlashSystem addresses storage and application performance issues
Currents: As data consumption expands, information protection policies must be put in place
Case Study: Credit Where Credit's Due: Isracard Group devises a novel way to verify its system integrity before disaster occurs
Cover Story: A Secure Fortress: The mainframe delivers the reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness your IT shop needs
Feature: Be Proactive in Risk Management: Protecting data is crucial as your business connects in ever-increasing ways along the access superhighway
Feature: Being Risk-Aware: New IBM and Ponemon study examines the economics of IT risk and reputation
Administrator: Active/Active Sites helps distribute workloads during outages
Tech Corner: A point-in-time tool, Runtime Diagnostics can find issues in a pinch
Solutions: Reflection 2014; CA Chorus; VFTP 3.0; Lifecycle Manager; STEPLIB-Rx; Ivory VisualConnect; Mainframe Abend Assist; Linux Enterprise Server Starter System for System z
Stop Run: Together, IBM executives Pat Toole Jr. and Pat Toole St. bring more than half a century of dedication to the company
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2014