IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018 - 19

"You get the benefits of a Swiss Army knife
on the mainframe and a missile with
the LinuxONE. In either case, you're
taking advantage of the latest and
greatest technology."
-Johan Schelling, managing partner and infrastructure solution architect, ICU

doing so, ICU became the first
company in Belgium, Netherlands
and Luxembourg to deploy a
LinuxONE system.
To get the Linux distributions
needed for setting up its first
Linux systems on the Rockhopper,
ICU turned to SUSE.
"The people at SUSE in the
Netherlands enthusiastically
replied to our request for some
help and assisted us in setting up
our first SUSE Linux environment
on our Rockhopper, supplying
us with their Linux distributions
and tools like SUSE OpenStack
Cloud, SUSE Manager and SUSE
Container as a Service. We used
these distributions and tools to
set up demo-environments for
high availability, private cloud,
Linux systems-management and
databases such as Oracle and
PostgreSQL," Schelling says.
ICU initially used the
solution to support training and
development environments.
By using it as the basis for an
exclusive laboratory setup,
the company's engineering
team could quickly expand
its knowledge base and Linux
expertise, which enables quicker
creation and implementation
of innovative solutions for
customers.
ICU expanded on this
development and training

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ICU became the
first company
in Belgium,
Netherlands and
Luxembourg
to deploy an
IBM LinuxONE
system

environment by adding a
demonstration infrastructure
that, using OpenStack,
spans both Intel* x86 and
LinuxONE environments. This
demonstration environment,
dubbed ICUBE-short for ICU
Build (your own) Environment-
is used to swiftly set up
temporary proof of concept/proof
of technology environments
for customers and also for
conducting workshops with
customers on special topics.
"With our OpenStack
environment, we created an
application-as-a-demonstration
environment we can expose to
customers. It's an environment
where they can select the software
and the tools they need, put them
on a canvas of sorts and then click
the deploy button," Schelling
explains. "The OpenStack
environment will then build the
environment for them and send
a notification saying, 'OK, your
environment is ready. These are
the credentials that you need
to log in. Go ahead and take a
look.' We are creating custom
applications using this method so
our salesforce can demonstrate to
our customers what they can do
with the system and what value
may be in there for them."
For the setup of this
demonstration environment,

ICU decided to create its own
private cloud environment with
OpenStack. The build of such
cloud environments is now fully
automated, which enables ICU
to set up a completely new cloud
environment spanning x86 and
LinuxONE within hours.
"We also started a new
collaboration initiative where
we're working together to sell a
total solution for consolidation
of Oracle databases on
LinuxONE. We now can cover
all organizational and technical
aspects of such a consolidation
project. This has really
strengthened the relationship
between SUSE and ICU, as well as
the other parties, of course."

Few Limitations
More importantly, though, ICU
is demonstrating to IBM Z users
and others that the mainframe
is much more flexible than
many other platforms out there,
especially with the introduction
of the z14 and the LinuxONE.
"For us, it's a great way of
showing that there are actually
very little limitations in what
you can do on a mainframe or
LinuxONE. In the end, it's just a
Linux system you're running on,
so if you can run a PHP or Java
application on an x86 Linux
machine, you could easily do
the same on Linux on Z or on
LinuxONE. You get the benefits
of a Swiss Army knife on the
mainframe and a missile with
the LinuxONE. In either case,
you're taking advantage of the
latest and greatest technology.
"And just so you know: We're
not just a business partner, we're
also a user," Schelling adds.
Jim Utsler, senior writer for
IBM Systems Magazine, has been covering technology for more than 20 years.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2018

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
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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
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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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