IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Readership Survey - September/October 2017 - SR5

Several concerns around security were top of mind, which isn't
surprising given that 54 percent
of respondents currently deploy
security solutions and another
8 percent say they plan to do so
within the next 12 months. In
their security-related answers to
the business challenge question,
they specifically wanted to better
understand how to maximize
their level of mainframe security.
They are also struggling to
convince upper management
of the risks behind a security
breach-after all, mainframe's
high level of security is one of the
key features for the platform. If
higher-ups can't grasp what can
happen on less-secure platforms,
they won't understand why the
mainframe is so important when
it comes to security defenses.
IBM's Nick Sardino, program
director, IBM Z* Offering Management, offered some advice
for those looking to convince
management of the value of the
platform's security. "Security
is architected into the entire
platform from the microprocessor
and firmware, the hypervisors
and OSs, and all the way into the
applications and middleware,"
he says. The IBM Z platform
also delivers security at an 81
percent lower cost and is 8x more
resistant to security threats than
competitive platforms, according
to Sardino.
While the IBM Z high level of
security is reassuring, it's important for clients to also employ
security best practices. This
means implementing pervasive
encryption, multifactor authentication and conducting regular

"Security: making executives
and management understand
the risks and impact of a
security breach."
-Anonymous

audits of security controls including identity governance. "Even
with the rich security features
of IBM Z, organizations should
apply the same security practices
to their mainframe as they do to
the rest of their environment,"
Sardino says.

Cost and Skills
While readers fully understand
the value of the mainframe,
convincing others-especially
management-is a whole new
ballgame; they need some selling

points, and they need more
information.
Paul Gandolfo, principal
performance analyst, Ericsson,
elaborates on his struggle with
reducing mainframe costs. "Over
the last five to 10 years, our
company has focused on reducing mainframe costs. But now,
it's a combination of reducing
costs and/or trying to get off the
mainframe," he says. "I love the
platform, but for these migration
attempts to stop, I think IBM
really needs to focus on reducing
mainframe costs. This could be
as simple as IBM allowing people
to run more workloads on IBM z
Integrated Information Processor
and IBM zEnterprise* Application
Assist Processor, or clarifying
mobile workload pricing."
Mainframe costs might seem
higher than other platforms, but
that's not really the case when
you drill down into specifics,
according to Sardino.

Why a Readership Survey?
When a magazine's content doesn't interest readers, it becomes nothing
more than words on a page. IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition,
takes its readers seriously, and set out to uncover their biggest challenges,
knowledge gaps and areas of interest. This year, 147 IBM Z* readers shared
their insight, providing a plethora of data.
Doug Rock, publisher of MSP TechMedia, the company that produces
IBM Systems Magazine, emphasizes how important it is to meet readers'
needs. "Our objective is to provide our readers with the content they value,
via the format and frequency they desire," Rock says. "For some that means
print magazines, others prefer to receive content via email newsletters,
podcasts, webinars, social media channels or another of the many options
we provide. Some may choose all of the above."
-K.M.

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