IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2017 - 6
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIE ENGEBRETSON ANDERSON
Ahead of the Times
first learned about Linux* in 2000 while attending
a science and technology university. Friends were
spending Saturday nights in their dorm rooms building
computer systems featuring a memorable penguin mascot.
I was mesmerized watching them develop, troubleshoot and
explore, feeling even then they were doing great things.
It seems like eons ago, and in technology terms, it was.
That was the same year Linux became available on the
IBM z Systems* platform. In the time since, technology has
changed tremendously, and IBM z* has led this, offering clients support for both traditional and new workloads, including cloud, DevOps and analytics, to keep ahead of today's
needs. Find out more in the cover story on page 28.
To support Linux on z Systems, the Open Mainframe
Project was developed under the stewardship of the Linux
Foundation. It comprises educational institutions, clients,
business partners, nonprofits and individuals who work on
open-source technical projects. Read more about the group in
the feature on page 34.
In this month's Tech Showcase on page 45, discover how
performing automated testing earlier in the DevOps cycle can
lead to improved quality and reduced risk.
The recently released IBM DB2* 12 is built to handle
large amounts of data for cloud, mobile and analytics. The
new version's features include performance enhancements,
customized fields and migration improvements. Read about
these and more on page 50.
When it comes to cloud, many options are available.
Learn what to consider when determining whether private or
hybrid cloud or a managed service provider is right for your
needs on page 18.
Technology has advanced significantly since 2000, and
I'm convinced my former classmates are doing great things
with their computer science degrees. And with Linux on
z Systems, clients can take advantage of new workloads to
accomplish more on the platform.
Valerie Dennis // Managing Editor
R Jonathan Gellin
Occasional Competitive Swimmer
Paula Ta-Shma, interviewed for the R&D article
on page 22, is a research staff member at
IBM Research-Haifa. She holds master's
and doctorate degrees in computer science
from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
For more on her research and how Apache
Spark enables the Internet of Things, visit
Jonathan Gellin, author of Tech
Showcase on page 45, was a
competitive swimmer in college. Every
few years he dusts off his goggles
and gets back in the water to train.
Since first participating in 2004, he has
many top-10 finishes to his name at
the U.S. Masters Swimming National
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