IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2015 - (Page 4)

EDITOR'S DESK PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIE ENGEBRETSON ANDERSON Flexible Options I 've always wanted to live someplace where public transportation is accessible and easy. Moving to the Twin Cities, I was happy to learn the infrastructure here is such that I could take the bus to work-and beyond. My community also boasts great bike paths and lanes, light rail lines and regulated ridesharing options, all of which I use. I appreciate the reliability and flexibility these options provide, as I trust I will get to my destination in a safe and timely manner (barring traffic or weather delays). These qualities of reliability and flexibility are what Linux* on z Systems* users can expect and are embracing, as evidenced by the system's growth on the platform. This is why enterprise-grade Linux offers more choices for the mainframe. In the cover story on page 28, read how IBM is bringing more choices and flexibility for Linux users to create the right environment that works for them with the IBM LinuxONE* system. Options include new distributions, support for more databases and the addition of the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. Read more about KVM on page 36. In the feature on page 32, IBM Systems Magazine talks with Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation, about working with IBM to create the Open Mainframe Project focused on innovation and making available enterprise computing for everyone. Find out how one university is increasing school awareness by producing more personalized letters with information stored on the mainframe on page 24 and about IBM's roadmap for cloud innovation on page 12. In Currents on page 16, we highlight winners of the 2015 Mainframe Mobile App Throwdown. The winning app, developed by a team at Aetna, shows how lives can be saved through the development of a simple mobile app. That skill will continue to be important as mobile technology progresses. Speaking of skills, read our e-book focused on Mainframe-related skills organizations most highly value in today's marketplace ( Also included with this issue is the 2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition, featuring profiles of IBM business partners and their products and services. Be sure to check it out. The flexibility and reliability that public transportation provides is important to me. And with LinuxONE, each client can find the customized solution that is the right fit for their company. Valerie Dennis // Managing Editor Susan Schreitmueller Safari shutterbug Senior Cloud Advisor in the new IBM Cloud Business Unit and author of the Trends article on page 12, Susan Schreitmueller is an avid photographer. While on assignment with IBM Dubai, she went on multiple camera safaris. Africa now tops Australia as her favorite continent. R Seth Lowe People photographer Seth Lowe, photographer for the case study on page 24, is a Midwesterner raised around people who work with their hands. His passions are travel, telling stories and connecting with people. His dream is to own a breakfast cafe with a studio above it that has an after-school program to teach kids photography and video. 4 // SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 PHOTO COURTESY OF SETH LOWE CONTRIBUTORS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Flexible options
IBM Perspective: The full potential of Linux
Infographic: Differentiate your cloud services and drive margins sky-high
Techbits: The P-TECH fast track
Partner PoV: Virtualizing system software can help reduce data center costs
Trends: IBM has the roadmap you need to get to business innovation
Currents: Thanks to mobile apps, users can access IBM z Systems services and data
IT Today: A Cloud IT Optimization Assessment can help determine the right solutions
Case Study: Letters Home: Western Illinois University improves school-to-student interaction with more eye-catching financial aid documents
Cover Story: Linux Breakthrough: New IBM LinuxONE systems are enterprise-grade and built for business-critical applications
Feature: Community Partnership: The new Open Mainframe Project capitalizes on the strengths of z Systems and Linux to foster growth
Feature: A Matter of Standards: The KVM hypervisor extends familiar tools to Linux on the mainframe
Tech Showcase: Understanding VSAM can help you process and access information
Administrator: New zHPF protocols offer up to a 68 percent reduction in I/O service time for write operations
Solutions: Integration Link; SIEM Agent for z/OS
Stop Run: Software engineer notes creative side with musical instruments and choirs
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Mainframe Skills Special Report
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2015