IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2018 - 4
Good Things in
hen I took a job as editor of a community newspaper back in the day, my
initial commute was over an hour each way (until my family resettled to the
new town). Because he was worried about me driving on the icy Minnesota
roads in winter, my husband insisted that I get a cellphone. I remember it well. My
bright, shiny phone was the size of a small brick, had less than 1 MB of memory and
little connectivity. I used it only in emergencies, like the flat tire I discovered on my
way to a rural feature story interview.
Fast-forward to today and my smartphone boasts 64 GB of
storage, a multicore processor, 4G connectivity and more. And
it's all packed into a slim form factor that's barely wider than
a bar coaster. The power at my fingertips is amazing and used
constantly to check the weather, see the latest Twins score,
read email and post pictures on social media.
Good things do come in small packages. That's no more
true than with the new IBM Z* servers that were announced
last month. The z14* ZR1 boasts a new system design, including an industry-standard 19-inch rack with lower power costs
and a 46 percent smaller footprint, while also having a 10
percent larger capacity compared to z13s*. The LinuxONE*
Rockhopper II, also announced last month, provides the
most secure Linux platform for data-centric workloads, a
shared-everything architecture for higher resource utilization
and efficiency, and a competitive total cost of ownership when
compared to x86 servers. For more details on the two new
systems, see "Fresh, Flexible and New" on page 16.
Because we know how important Linux* is to IBM and to
our readers, we also take a deeper dive into why clients rely
on Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE to deliver business value.
Today's demanding workloads require a flexible approach
for DevOps and deployment. IBM Z clients reap the benefits
of flexibility by running Linux along with traditional IBM Z
OSes. Read "Flexibility Counts" on page 20 to learn more.
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In this issue's Trends article on page 6, find out how IBM
LinuxONE and IBM Linux on Z were built to support a high
performing and secure microservices cloud. In Administrator on page 35, read about how enterprises of all sizes are
working to ensure they're capable of utilizing cloud and
mobile technology securely. IBM's answer is the z14 ZR1.
This single frame model delivers secure capabilities in a
smaller, industry-standard frame. The Tech Corner, page 30,
discusses IBM Db2* V12 for z/OS* and its ability to handle
the enormous amounts of data and extreme sizes required
for mobile applications.
The only thing constant in technology is change. That's
true of my smartphone but it's also true of the IBM Z platform. The technology keeps getting better to enable even
greater innovation for clients. What do you think of the new
systems? Drop me a line and let me know. I look forward to
hearing from you.
Evelyn Hoover // Content Director