IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016 - (Page 8)

IBM PERSPECTIVE Elevating Open Source for the Enterprise I PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL BERNSTEIN BM has long been a champion of Linux* and the collaborative environment for technology development it supports. We first offered Linux on the IBM z Systems* platform more than 15 years ago and have seen its use grow to more than a third of our clients. Our commitment to Linux is only getting stronger as we enter the new era of hybrid cloud where organizations combine on-premises systems with the public cloud. Last year we launched IBM LinuxONE*, the world's most advanced line of Linux OS-only systems. IBM also enabled new opensource and ISV software for z Systems*, including Apache Spark, Node.js, Docker, MongoDB, MariaDB and PostgreSQL. More than 3,000 Linux applications can now run on IBM z Systems. This year, the ecosystem for IBM z Systems and LinuxONE continues to expand. We've optimized StrongLoop* and Cloudant*, making it easier to develop applications and access data. We've ported the Go language to the system and are contributing code back to the community. In addition, the company is already exploring ways to use blockchain open-ledger technology on IBM z Systems and LinuxONE to transform the way businesses process and reconcile complex contracts and transactions. These advances are promising because they eliminate the trade-offs many organizations had previously accepted. Organizations now have the agility and flexibility of open-source software along with the speed, scale and security of IBM z Systems and LinuxONE. The U.K. Met Office is taking advantage of the combination as it analyzes millions of data points each day to develop its forecasts. It's using open-source relational database PostgreSQL on IBM z Systems to store and analyze that data. This allows the Met Office to lower costs while achieving the speed and availability required to deliver forecasts that help save property and lives. LinuxONE also is providing an attractive option to companies new to the platform. Huaxia Express Technology Development Co. is using LinuxONE to deliver a new e-ticketing solution for a major passenger bus line in China. Nanchong Dangdai Transport passengers will have the convenience of buying tickets through a website, mobile app or even the WeChat social media channel. The new system will help the transport firm better understand customer needs and trends. ROSS A. MAURI General Manager, IBM z Systems and LinuxONE 8 // MAY/JUNE 2016 To enable more solutions like these, IBM plans to continue an aggressive expansion of the z Systems ecosystem and look for new ways to foster collaboration. Earlier this year, IBM contributed to the Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project the code for an anomaly detection engine that can help detect system issues and prevent failures before they happen. The LinuxONE Community Cloud, which provides test-drives of the LinuxONE system at no charge via the cloud, attracted more than 500 developers in 72 countries in its first three months. It's allowing developers to explore and create new applications with unprecedented access to the platform. If your organization is already running Linux on z Systems, now is the time to start looking at new ways to leverage your investment. If you're not running Linux on z Systems, encourage your developers to check out the capabilities through the LinuxONE Community Cloud ( The list of open-source and ISV software on IBM Systems continues to grow, providing options that can help take your system to new levels of flexibility and performance.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Flexible and agile environment
IBM Perspective: Elevating open source for the enterprise
Partner PoV: New information about threats in the z/OS system improves performance
The new IBM z13 can consolidate Linux workloads at a lower cost
Focus on Storage: IBM Spectrum Storage Suite offers a new way of licensing storage software
Cover Story: Achieving An Advantage: Linux on z Systems enables the API economy and microservices while enhancing hybrid cloud solutions
Feature: A Better Option: Businesses see an advantage to using Linux on z Systems over scale-out servers
Tech Showcase: CISOs can mitigate mobile security fears and prevent issues in the workplace
Tech Corner: IBM DB2 on z/OS V2.2 features space and storage ehancements
Administrator: IBM Multi-Factor Authentication fo z/OS helps maintain a secure infrastructure
Solutions: Universal Data Manager; OpenLegacy V3.0
Stop Run: 19-year-old mainframe enthusiast installs a z890 in his parents' basement
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2016