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"I think that clients are seeing that managing a large number
of x86 servers is cost prohibitive," says Ghearing. The System z

options by running a benchmark tailored to specific applications
and IT operating environments.

platform allows clients to consolidate the mixed workloads
of hundreds or even thousands of x86 servers onto a single

A Look Ahead

platform, providing an enormous performance boost in a

Working with ISVs gives IBM a clear idea of how their customer

highly efficient, scalable solution. Instead of trying to protect

base is using the System z platform and provides insight into

a high number of vulnerable servers, organizations need

the kind of upgrades needed in future releases. For example,

to secure just one mainframe,

since the release of the Linux

a technology so robust that

OS on System z, more than

it holds EAL5+ certification,

3,100 Linux-based solutions

the highest security rating for

have been developed, driven

commercial servers.

by customer demand. "The

From an end-user standpoint,

types of solutions we see being

it's appealing, but they still

brought on to the platform are

want access to their tr ied

really in line with what the

and tr ue x86 applications.

clients are demanding-things

IBM's technical enablement
programs focus on ensuring
that ISVs can also convert
t heir top x86 applicat ions
for use on the mainframe.
IBM's Chiphopper program,
for example, expedites the
migration of Linux technologybased solutions for the x86
platform to Linux on System z.
The Linux Test Drive gives ISVs
an opportunity to see how easy
it is to run Linux applications
on the mainframe. The goal is
to ensure that they can access

ISV Enablement Programs 101
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like mobile solutions and big
dat a," Ghear i ng ex pla i ns.
"Most recently, we've had a
couple of Hadoop solutions
for big data analysis. We see
many security solutions being
added to t he plat for m as
clients respond to government
requirements, especially in the
banking industry." He also cites
high growth in government
and f inancial solut ions in

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developing markets like China,
cent ral Europe and Lat i n
America.
And the ecosystem continues

all of the familiar tools on the

to expand. In 2013, 90 new ISVs

new platforms.
Given the current speed of business and the tight economy,

began working with System z and the ecosystem as a whole

neither clients nor software developers have time or resources to

released more than 1,000 new or updated ISV solutions

work with platforms that don't get the job done. IBM's technical

for the platform for a total of 7,600. When the objective is

advocate program involves pairing ISVs or end users with technical

simple, success follows, and here, the objective is quite clear,

experts from IBM's development labs to work on new products

adds Ghearing. "Our goal is to work with our ISV ecosystem

and services. The technical advocate serves as an inroad to the

to ensure that leading-edge solutions are available on the

development community. The program helps solve the initial

mainframe to address the business challenges being faced

problem but also provides input to IBM's engineering teams as they

by our clients."

begin development of next-generation hardware and software.
In fact, at IBM client centers around the world, clients and
ISVs who want to investigate a new solution can evaluate their

Kristin Lewotsky is a freelance technology writer based in
Amherst, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014

Table of Contents
ISV Solutions Put Mainframe in High Gear
Get the Most From the Solutions Edition
Company Showcases
21st Century Software
Action Software International
Applied Software Inc.
Advanced Software Products Group Inc.
Canam Software Labs Inc.
ColeSoft Markeing Inc.
CA Technologies
Compuware Corporation
CorreLog Inc.
Data 21 Inc.
Direct Computer Resources Inc.
DINO Software Corp.
Dovtailed Technologies
DTS Software
Enterprise Performance Strategies Inc.
Fischer International Systems Corporation
GFS Software Inc.
GT Software
Ingram Micro
INNOVATION Data Processing
MVS Solutions Inc.
PKWARE Inc.
Software Diversified Services
Serena Software
Sirius Computer Solutions
SysperTec
Top Gun Technology
TreeHouse Software
Tributary Systems Inc.
Trident Services Inc.
Vanguard Integrity Professionals
zCost Management
Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - ISV Solutions Put Mainframe in High Gear
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Get the Most From the Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Company Showcases
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 21st Century Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Action Software International
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Advanced Software Products Group Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Canam Software Labs Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - ColeSoft Markeing Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - CA Technologies
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Compuware Corporation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Direct Computer Resources Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Dovtailed Technologies
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - DTS Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Enterprise Performance Strategies Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - GFS Software Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - GT Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Ingram Micro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - INNOVATION Data Processing
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - MVS Solutions Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Software Diversified Services
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Serena Software
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Top Gun Technology
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Tributary Systems Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Trident Services Inc.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Vanguard Integrity Professionals
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - zCost Management
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - Solutions Edition - September 2014 - 39
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