On our Smarter Planet, the growth of information-centric processes is exploding. To handle vast volumes of data, users need a fast, secure, and available IT infrastructure. Oracle is one of the largest software providers in the world. Their latest database, Oracle 12c, has a version that runs on IBM zEnterprise systems. Mainframes like these process 70% of the world’s business data each day.
A partnership like this has brought results. Here are 5... [Continue Reading]
"Good things come in small packages." This is certainly true for IBM’s System z OSA-Express5S device, which is a powerful network control unit about the size of a paperback novel. Here are 5 things to know about OSA-Express5S features:
1. OSA-Express5S accesses intranets and the internet.
OSA devices are designed for high-speed communication in the mainframe enterprise backbone or between campuses, to connect server farms, or to consolidate... [Continue Reading]
IBM® Wave for z/VM® is a virtualization management solution for IBM z/VM and Linux on System z®. This virtualization management software provides a simplified and cost effective way for companies to harness the consolidation capabilities of the IBM System z platform and its ability to host the workloads of tens of thousands of commodity servers. IBM Wave for z/VM is a complete management solution for System z-based virtual server farms.
This simplified user interface can be... [Continue Reading]
What if someone handed you a puzzle piece with flames on it, then asked you if this was "good" news or "bad" news? How would you know? Maybe it's part of an image of a cozy fireplace (good news) or maybe it's part of an image of a fire that's broken out (bad news). To better understand the importance of the puzzle piece, you need some related puzzle pieces. Until you start bringing pieces together to see how they relate, it's almost... [Continue Reading]
Cloud computing is a way to dynamically allocate and deliver IT services in response to rapidly changing business needs without having to understand the technology itself. As the pace of business and society in general continues to accelerate, the physical and digital foundations on which progress depends are straining to keep up. Focusing on performance is key.
Here are 5 things to know about performance when using cloud computing.
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If you are looking for a business-critical x86 tower server to run infrastructure or virtualization applications, then consider the IBM System x3500 M4.
The x3500 M4 can be used for SAP applications, cloud computing, virtual desktop, business analytics, data management/storage, or even as a retail point of sale controller and server.
Here are 5 things to know about this high capacity server:
1. The x3500 M4 is a great platform for database and analytic applications
If you’re going to... [Continue Reading]
Wait, what? A Redbooks mobile app? You bet! The official Redbooks mobile app was recently released, offering all the capabilities of the Redbooks web site and more. Ninety-one percent of users keep their mobile device within arm's reach 100 percent of the time, and a typical user reaches for their mobile device 150 times a day. Now, when they reach for their device, they’ll be able to get the latest Redbooks technical enablement materials. Here are 5... [Continue Reading]
Bringing data into the IBM Intelligent Operations Center solution is a critical process. The information may come in different formats and from different kinds of sources. The requirements on how to import the data also vary. It is very important to understand the key considerations that should be taken into account when planning to connect to a new data source to import data into IBM Intelligent Operations Center . Here are five things to consider when you are planning importing data into IBM... [Continue Reading]
"What would happen if I had to restore my last save to tape that is 24 hours old?"
"How long could we keep our business up if our IBM i system were unavailable on a weekday?"
"With business all around the world, when are we supposed to do maintenance?"
Questions like these have become more and more important in the IBM i world—not only for large companies but increasingly in smaller businesses. PowerHA for IBM i provides a hardware based... [Continue Reading]
After long years of internal disks placed in enclosures, connected via the HSL or 12X loop, more and more options to connect external storage from a SAN have become available to IBM i customers. Here are 5 things to know about what the available options are and how they can help you to improve system availability and grow with your business:
1. Split apart the investment cycles for each component
Connect the storage via the standard fibre channel protocol to your... [Continue Reading]
I am always intrigued when reading about Smarter IT solutions that help solve real business challenges, especially the ones that are related with the well-being of our planet. One such solution was described in the recently published IBM Redpaper Foundational Ontologies for Smarter Industries , REDP-5081 and the associated IBM Redbooks Solution Guide... [Continue Reading]
IBM MessageSight is a secure, easy to deploy, appliance-based messaging server that is optimized to address the massive scale requirements of the machine-to-machine (M2M) and mobile use cases. It is designed to handle large number of connected clients and devices and process high volume of messages with consistent latency. IBM MessageSight is designed to reside at the edge of the enterprise and can extend the existing messaging infrastructure or can be used as a standalone messaging server. IBM... [Continue Reading]
The importance of modern computer networks is steadily growing as increasing amounts of data are exchanged over company intranets and the Internet. Understanding current networking technologies and communication protocols available for the IBM mainframe and System z operating systems is essential. Here are 5 things to know when setting up your network infrastructure with z/VSE.
1. z/VSE supports the hardware features of the latest IBM zEnterprise processors.
It... [Continue Reading]
Mainframe computers play a central role in the daily operations of many of the world's largest corporations. Modernization of applications can enable them to keep up with today’s challenging business requirements. This is the case with batch processing. Here are 5 helpful things to know about today's batch processing.
1. Batch processing is still a fundamental, mission-critical component of the workloads that run on the mainframe
A large... [Continue Reading]
Across human history, the most successful decisions made in the world of business have been based on interpretation of available data. The use of computers to implement IT solutions has commonly been about big data since coming of age in the 20th century. Technologies supporting data warehouses, data mining, and business intelligence have been with us for years, and manufacturing applications have long used analytics to respond quickly to variances found by sorting through large volumes of... [Continue Reading]