IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - SE7

System z platform offers mobile technology and Hadoop-

Another motivation is to ensure that there are no surprises.

based solutions for big-data analytics. Regular hardware and

Advance testing of a new release by the ecosystem starts

OS releases keep the mainframe on the cutting edge. And,

about a year prior to launch with early beta software. By the

perhaps just as important, ISV partnerships ensure that

time the product reaches market, ISVs and end users have

the companies writing applications for use on System z are

confirmed that the applications will not only work with the

delivering advanced, high-value capabilities, as well.

new hardware and software, but that they will also work well.
"On day one when IBM issues the new release, we want clients

A Program With a Mission

to be confident that they will not run into any problems,"

It might take a village to raise a child, but supporting a

says Ghearing. "They will just continue to operate as they

business computing platform powerful enough to make a

have-even better, actually, because the ISV solutions will

difference in today's market requires a vibrant, industrywide

have exploited the new features of the hardware and the OS."

ecosystem. For much of the existence of the mainframe,

The latter is a key distinction Ghearing characterizes as

IBM has been developing that ecosystem. Today, hundreds

exploitation versus toleration. Toleration simply indicates

of vendor partners participate in a dialogue that goes both
ways. The ISVs weigh in on their needs and wants. IBM gives
them advance opportunities to work with upcoming hardware
and OS releases so they can develop applications that take
full advantage of every improvement. More important, the
collaboration ensures that the investment end-users make in
hardware and software delivers maximum value as quickly
and easily as possible.
The interaction remains close and active. Twice a year, IBM

"Nirvana is when we can sit down with
the client and show them that the ISV
solutions are exploiting the new stuff
as well. It helps them protect their
investment and helps them to fully get
value in the IBM technology."
- Larry Ghearing, IBM manager,
System z ISV technical enablement program

invites ISVs to its main System z development site in
Poughkeepsie, New York, for technical disclosure

software and hardware will function together.

meetings. For the better part of a week, collaborative

Exploitation indicates the client will really derive

discussions take place, engineer to engineer. In

significant value. "Nirvana is when we can sit down

addition, several teleconferences are held throughout

with the client and show them that the ISV solutions

the year to discuss new technology directions/futures.
It's a reciprocal interaction, balanced between IBM seeking
insights to optimize the platform for running applications

are exploiting the new stuff as well," he says. "It helps
them protect their investment and helps them to fully get
value in the IBM technology."

and IBM giving partners advance notice of hardware and
software changes so that they can optimize their solutions.

Porting Solutions

To maximize the benefit, collaboration with the ISVs begins

It wasn't so long ago that x86 server farms were the platform

three to five years ahead of a release. "There are cases where

of choice for some IT shops, allowing them to leverage huge

we have crafted our ultimate design based on feedback from

collections of commodity servers to attack computationally

the ISVs," says Larry Ghearing, IBM manager responsible for

intensive problems through sheer numbers of gigaflops. A

the System z ISV technical enablement program. "Conversely,

decade further along, users are beginning to realize that while

the ISVs look at our design and consider how they can exploit

more is sometimes more, not every type of "more" is a good

the new technology that is coming out."

thing. For every benefit that virtualized x86 systems provide,

If the memory size of the server changes, for example,

they also bring more administrative headaches; more time

ISVs might modify their application to take advantage of the

spent updating; more money spent on licensing, on cooling, on

increased memory available. Getting this type of information

power, etc. With rather less hullabaloo than in the early days

ahead of time allows them develop their applications to exploit

of the x86 trend, organizations have been quietly migrating

the technology.

back to platforms like System z.

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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Moving in the mobile world
IBM Perspective: Mobile money thanks to the mainframe
Partner PoV: A clean IT audit does not guarantee network or computer security
Focus on Storage: How Elastic Storage helps remove bottlenecks and lower costs
Currents: IBM Smarter Storage puts businesses in control of their data
Trends: Choosing the best proprietary or open-source applications
Case Study: Cooperative Consolidation: The Credit Union System of Brazil saves millions of dollars by virtualizing on the mainframe
Cover Story: The Mobile Mainframe: System z is a perfect fit for the growing trend
Feature: Connecting Applications and Data: WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect makes business assets accessible to mobile devices
Tech Showcase: How Linux on System z has become a go-to solution for businesses
Administrator: IBM tests show finding the optimal number of n-way processors helps maximize performance
Tech Corner: The new z/OSMF Workflows feature optimizes programming tasks
Solutions: OMC-FLASH 4.7.0; z86VM; Storage Director 4.2
Stop Run: IBMer's passion for engineering puts his house to work
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Editor's Desk: Moving in the mobile world
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - IBM Perspective: Mobile money thanks to the mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Partner PoV: A clean IT audit does not guarantee network or computer security
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Focus on Storage: How Elastic Storage helps remove bottlenecks and lower costs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Currents: IBM Smarter Storage puts businesses in control of their data
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Trends: Choosing the best proprietary or open-source applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Case Study: Cooperative Consolidation: The Credit Union System of Brazil saves millions of dollars by virtualizing on the mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover Story: The Mobile Mainframe: System z is a perfect fit for the growing trend
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 31
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Feature: Connecting Applications and Data: WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect makes business assets accessible to mobile devices
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Tech Showcase: How Linux on System z has become a go-to solution for businesses
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Administrator: IBM tests show finding the optimal number of n-way processors helps maximize performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Tech Corner: The new z/OSMF Workflows feature optimizes programming tasks
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Solutions: OMC-FLASH 4.7.0; z86VM; Storage Director 4.2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Stop Run: IBMer's passion for engineering puts his house to work
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition
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