Evangelizing Mainframe

An Unquestionably Good Response to the Dz ‘Ask the Experts’ Forum

Last month, Destination z asked mainframers to share their questions about the platform to help gauge what topics are top of mind in the System z community. The response has been very good, with about a dozen questions in the z&A forum and more sent via email.

Posted: 3/5/2013 1:01:01 AM by Mike Westholder | with 0 comments

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Why Linux on System z?

The numerous advantages of Linux on System z make the platform attractive from many angles—including performance, simplified management and a reduction in TCO.

Posted: 2/21/2013 3:32:14 PM by Dustin Shammo | with 1 comments

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What’s Skeuomorphism and Why Should I Care?

Basically, skeuomorphism is making one thing look like something else—like making the metal on the side of a ship look like it was made of wood, so the new ship looks like a much older type of ship. So what’s that got to do with computers?

Posted: 2/19/2013 1:01:01 AM by Trevor Eddolls | with 0 comments

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Balog: In a New Era of IT, zEnterprise is Ready

Self-proclaimed “infrastructure guy,” Doug Balog, IBM System z GM, proclaimed a new era of IT on Feb. 5 during the SHARE in San Francisco conference’s keynote, titled “Smarter Computing in an Era of IT.”

Posted: 2/12/2013 12:01:01 AM by Mike Westholder | with 0 comments

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Operations Must Overcome the Irrational 'Fear' of Applications

Effective application performance management needs cooperation between operations and development to achieve success, and in no small part the operations people need to take the first steps in making this happen.

Posted: 2/5/2013 12:02:25 AM by Philip Mann | with 0 comments

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Needing That Network Guy

Organizations need to be thinking about migrating from IPv4 to IPv6. However there are many issues of security and administration, and real-life difficulties with conversion work, and with users and applications being IPv4 and IPv6 compatible at the same time. In this post, we'll explore some solutions.

Posted: 1/22/2013 12:01:45 AM by Trevor Eddolls | with 0 comments

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It's a Big Pond ...

You might be wondering, “Why should I join a professional network?” When a fish is off on his own, he won’t have the benefit of the group. Challenges that arise might be harder to manage alone, and fish are better equipped to protect their territory in a group.

Posted: 1/15/2013 12:02:55 AM by Iris Rivera | with 1 comments

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System z for a New Generation!

I thought I’d share how I, at less than 30 years old, ended up on System z and have been thriving with the technology. I find the system to be incredible in its strengths and a staple for any modern organization dealing with the increasing technology requirements tasked toward enterprise computing.

Posted: 1/8/2013 12:02:42 AM by Dustin Shammo | with 2 comments

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Whatever Happened to the Network Guy?

Now that IPv6 is really here, organizations are going to have to deal with it. Where is the network guy when you need him?

Posted: 12/19/2012 1:05:34 AM by Trevor Eddolls | with 0 comments

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If an Outsourcer Fails, the Buck Still Stops With the CIO

If you’re the CIO or part of the internal IT team, you can’t avoid responsibility by telling end users or customers your external supplier has messed up—and it’s “not fair” to blame you. So it’s important to take control of the outsourcing relationship.

Posted: 12/12/2012 12:01:58 AM by Philip Mann | with 0 comments

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