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solutions," Schelling says. "We
only offer services that will make
our customers more efficient and
effective in their marketplaces."
Since 2012, for example,
Linux and open-source solutions
have become one of the
company's key focuses.
ICU also closely follows new
developments by investing in
new and modern enterprise
infrastructures using hybrid-cloud
technology, containerization
and blockchain. The LinuxONE
Rockhopper was one of these
new developments. ICU saw it as
a low-cost entry system it could
use to develop Linux and open
source solutions that match its
customers' specific requirements.
"We use the system for our
own development, to try out
new combinations of software
on the Z platform. We also use it
for all kinds of proofs of concept,
demonstrations and workshops
for our customers," Schelling
remarks. "We recently had a
group of 10 to 15 people from
one of our customers who visited
our office just to get a feel for a
LinuxONE and its possibilities."

Based in Almere, Netherlands,
ICU IT Services specializes in
developing next-generation
enterprise-scale IT solutions.

The Differentiator
Although ICU has always
supported the z/OS environment,
most of the work was conducted
on its customers' in-house
mainframe systems. This had
advantages, such as the ability
to gain a deep understanding of
the clients' z/OS application and
hardware environments, but also
pitfalls. For example, because ICU
didn't have its own IBM Z server,
development and testing of new
solutions couldn't take place
on ICU's premises, limiting the
possibilities in solution design.
With the growing popularity
of Linux, an increasing number
of ICU clients began asking how
this new tool could enhance
their operations. In response

to this, the company began
experimenting with Linux and
open source on x86 systems.
Therefore, when IBM began
offering Linux on Z and
LinuxONE, ICU wanted to
become part of the movement.
As Schelling explains, "Currently,
there are more than a few
companies in Netherlands that
are interested in doing things
with Linux on Z, which helped us
in our decision-making process.
We concluded that with a move
into the Linux space, it would
differentiate us from other Linux

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systems-development companies
in Netherlands. Today, we're one
of the few in Netherlands that has
a clear focus on Linux on Z and
LinuxONE."
ICU later agreed to become an
IBM business partner and use
the Rockhopper for new-solution
experiments, employee training
and client demonstrations for
Linux on Z and LinuxONE. As
part of that, the company decided
that it needed a "showroom,"
as Schelling puts it, where it
could demonstrate the power
of Linux on LinuxONE. In


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Secure Sharing in the Cloud
Partner POV: Winds of Change: Now is the time for digital transformation on IBM Z
IT Today: Solutions and Support: 5 reasons IBM Z makes technical and financial sense for clients
Focus on Storage: New Revolution: Storage technology shifts to accommodate cloud and cognitive demands
Case Study: A Proof of Concept: ICU IT Services expands its market base by embracing Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE
Cover Story: Building on the Future: IBM Cloud Private with IBM Z helps clients reap the benefits of cloud
Feature: Securing the Cloud: New and established IBM offerings to meet enterprise data protection needs
TECH Showcase: The Clock's Ticking: IBM framework helps clients prepare for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation
Hot Topics: Go With the Flow: z/OS v2.3 Migration book is transformed to a z/OSMF workflow
Administrator: Problem Pointer: Runtime Diagnostics with z/OS V2.3 offers new ways to discover issues
Solutions: DMX Change Data Capture, Syncsort; Enterprise 3.0, Micro Focus
Stop Run: Reg Harbeck
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Editor's Desk: Secure Sharing in the Cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Partner POV: Winds of Change: Now is the time for digital transformation on IBM Z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - IT Today: Solutions and Support: 5 reasons IBM Z makes technical and financial sense for clients
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Focus on Storage: New Revolution: Storage technology shifts to accommodate cloud and cognitive demands
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Case Study: A Proof of Concept: ICU IT Services expands its market base by embracing Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover Story: Building on the Future: IBM Cloud Private with IBM Z helps clients reap the benefits of cloud
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Feature: Securing the Cloud: New and established IBM offerings to meet enterprise data protection needs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - TECH Showcase: The Clock's Ticking: IBM framework helps clients prepare for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 38
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Hot Topics: Go With the Flow: z/OS v2.3 Migration book is transformed to a z/OSMF workflow
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Administrator: Problem Pointer: Runtime Diagnostics with z/OS V2.3 offers new ways to discover issues
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Solutions: DMX Change Data Capture, Syncsort; Enterprise 3.0, Micro Focus
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Stop Run: Reg Harbeck
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 2018 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
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