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customers can access their systems
remotely, with Vissensa acting as
the conduit. Those on the other
end of the pendulum, who are
relying solely on behind-thescenes cloud, can trust Vissensa
to support everything for them. All
they have to do is log in to a portal.
This hybrid environment-
remotely or locally hosted or
completely supported-allows
Vissensa to offer services to
myriad clients, no matter their
requirements, such as application
type, preferred OS or favored
hardware platform. If a company
wants to run its own RPG-based
homegrown software on IBM i on
POWER*, it can, with Vissensa
supplying the OS and server if
needed and then establishing and
supporting cloud access to this
service. The same would hold for
IBM z Systems* customers, as well
as those relying on Windows* on
x86 or Linux* systems.
"This affords our clients a great
deal of flexibility. If they want
to run one application on one
platform and another on another
platform, they can. They don't
have to worry about being tied
to a single platform, hoping that
will serve all of their computing
needs," Groom notes. "We're their
single resource and offer servicelevel agreements, businesscontinuity and disaster recovery
services, SAN-based storage-
everything our clients need for
total flexibility and a trusted
system of record."

Vissensa's IBM z Systems environment
allows it to consolidate and coordinate
cloud activities, CEO Steve Groom says.

"We've proved at a commercial level that you can
mix and match and multimode different workloads
across a range of platforms."
- Steve Groom, CEO, Vissensa Ltd.

From Small to Massive
Based on its early success in
the cloud-computing services
business, Vissensa has only
continued to grow, which has
raised some critical issues in
the past year, such as how to
accommodate its ever-increasing
list of clients. It had several
options, including scaling out
by introducing more servers into
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the mix. But the company didn't
want to have to move in this
direction, citing spiraling costs
related to hardware purchases
and increased data center
energy consumption.
As a result, Vissensa
approached IBM about how
to best grow its computing
environment without breaking the
bank or cheapening its customers'
experiences. An obvious choice
soon bobbed to the surface-a
cloud-friendly IBM z Systems
environment that would allow
the company to consolidate and
coordinate its cloud activities.
As part of that, it chose
the Enterprise Cloud System,
along with a number of other
IBM systems including IBM
Flex System*, IBM BladeCenter,
IBM Power Systems* and IBM

System x servers and two IBM
System Storage* storage devices (a
Storwize* V7000 and a DS8000*).
The company's Enterprise Cloud
System deployment was the first
in the world, according to Groom.
Accompanying this, the
company also adopted a similarly long list of compatible
supporting software, such as IBM
PowerVM*, IBM z/VM*, Red Hat
and SUSE Linux on z Systems,
IBM Backup and Restore Manager
for z/VM, IBM Operations
Manager for z/VM, IBM Tivoli*
OMEGAMON* XE on z/VM and
Linux, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM Wave for z/VM and,
crucially, IBM Cloud Orchestrator.
Although the hardware
Vissensa owns and operates
is essential to its everyday
operations-especially given its


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: An important note
IBM Perspective: Transforming travel end to end
Partner PoV: Maximize the platform's business value by addressing challenges now
IT Today: Infrastructure matters: Myth or truth?
Case Study: Turning Complexity Into Simplicity: Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
Cover Story: Industry Importance: Applying disruptive technologies in a nondisrputive way helps mainframe clients achieve business efficiency
Feature: Security Notification: Mainframe companies must be proactive and educated in testing and protection, expert says
Feature: Industry Improvements: Clients from five key industries highlight what's possible with IBM mainframe
Tech Showcase: Businesses must look at the big picture to take advantage of analytics
HotTECH Products
Administrator: New technologies with the IBM z13 and DS8870 systems aim to reduce costs and improve resilience, scale and performance
Solutions: ARCAD- Anonymizer; FDRPASVM, MVT Vault, STEPLIB-Rx 3.1; Topaz, ISPW V4.4, Savvytest 2.1
Stop Run: 'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Editor's Desk: An important note
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - IBM Perspective: Transforming travel end to end
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Partner PoV: Maximize the platform's business value by addressing challenges now
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - IT Today: Infrastructure matters: Myth or truth?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Case Study: Turning Complexity Into Simplicity: Vissensa Ltd. deploys an IBM Enterprise Cloud System to relieve the IT burdens of its clients
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover Story: Industry Importance: Applying disruptive technologies in a nondisrputive way helps mainframe clients achieve business efficiency
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Feature: Security Notification: Mainframe companies must be proactive and educated in testing and protection, expert says
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Feature: Industry Improvements: Clients from five key industries highlight what's possible with IBM mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Tech Showcase: Businesses must look at the big picture to take advantage of analytics
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - HotTECH Products
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Administrator: New technologies with the IBM z13 and DS8870 systems aim to reduce costs and improve resilience, scale and performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Solutions: ARCAD- Anonymizer; FDRPASVM, MVT Vault, STEPLIB-Rx 3.1; Topaz, ISPW V4.4, Savvytest 2.1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Stop Run: 'Things just clicked' for IBMer looking for his path
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2015 - SE4
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