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Keeping Tabs on the Mainframe World

All of us like to keep track of things that interest us— be it Friday’s new movie release, that latest smartphone app, what’s new in Windows 7, or when iPhone 5 is going to be launched. Most likely, we also like to know what’s happening in our industry.

This blog post attempts to quickly recap some of the new launches/upgrades that have happened in the mainframe space recently. Here they are:

CA has upgraded the following products as part of their mainframe strategy:
  • DB2 for z/OS management tools
  • CA Integrated Data Management System
  • CA Endevor Software Change Management
  • CA Mainframe Software Manager
  • CA SYSVIEW Performance Management
  • 84 new additions to the mainframe 2.0-enabled software stack
  • CA Workload Automation update to include greater support for J2EE, relational databases and Web services
BMC has instituted a complete makeover of its Control‐M workload-scheduling product. It has also upgraded products relating to the performance and tuning of data on DB2, including:
  • BMC SQL Performance for DB2
  • BMC System Performance for DB2
  • BMC Recovery Management for DB2
Compuware has updated its mainframe workbench, which will now provide the user with an Eclipse‐based graphical interface to its mainframe products—Abend‐AID, Xpediter and File‐AID.

IBM has launched the zEnterprise 114 for mid-size computing organizations. It has also released DB2 10 for z/OS for increased performance, claiming a 5 to 10 percent saving in CPU. IBM Workload Deployer has also launched to provide organizations with a single platform to provision their workload requirements.

On the cloud front, IBM has announced its intention to release “SmartCloud,” its next-generation cloud offerings for private, public and hybrid clouds. It has also announced IBM’s involvement in the Cloud Standards Customer Council, which will tackle issues such as security, compliance, cloud management and reference architectures.

In the area of storage, IBM has announced several new tape offerings and solutions. These include:
  • An attachment to TS3500 tape library that can transport tapes between a maximum of 15 tape libraries
  • A new TS1140 tape drive, capable of storing two million times more data than the first tape drive
  • Enhancements to Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) and improvements related to data archiving and de-duplication
  • Announcement of the third-generation XIV Storage System
  • Release of mid-range Storwize Rapid Application Storage solution, which is a disk system touted to improve disk utilization and application throughput
My list might be incomplete. If I’ve missed any, please share other launches/updates in the comments.

Raghavendra Kulkarni is a mainframe technical specialist at the India-based IT-services company MindTree. He has more than nine years of experience in mainframe-related technologies and products. Currently engaged as a mainframe consultant, he is also a project manager and a pre-sales consultant. He can be reached at Raghavendra_Kulkarni2@mindtree.com.

Posted: 10/4/2011 7:31:54 AM by Ragavendra Kulkarni | with 0 comments

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