The world is becoming more digitized and interconnected, which opens the door to emerging threats, leaks and attacks. The average cost of a security breach in 2013 was $5.4 million US dollars 1 (USD)! Not to mention the impact a security breach can have on your company’s reputation and brand. Can your customers trust that their personal data is secure?
Analytics, mobile, social, and cloud computing all have one thing in common: They need a platform that has a deeply integrated security stack.
The IBM z13, IBM’s... [More]
The IBM z13, like its predecessors, is designed from the chip level up to support data processing. This includes a strong, fast I/O infrastructure, cache on the chip to bring data close to processing power, security and compression capabilities of the coprocessors and I/O features, and the 99.999% data availability design of the coupling technologies.
The figure below shows ten easy steps for implementing an I/O configuration for your z13. The numbered steps are described after the figure.
a. When planning to... [More]
Runtime Diagnostics is a “point-in-time” diagnostics tool that detects problems that could be contributing to system issues RIGHT NOW with the goal of finding the problems in sixty seconds or less. It has been available since V1R12 and as of V1R13, diagnoses seven types of problems which are documented in this IBM Redbooks Publication http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg248070.html?Open .
Is that all? Of course not! We are pleased to announce our eighth diagnostic event: JES2 Health... [More]
Data is growing at an unprecedented rate. With the introduction of mobile technologies and social media into our everyday lives new sources of data are eagerly captured and stored by organizations to improve their understanding of customer behaviors and needs. The need for personalization is paramount in remaining competitive and with establishing a unique connection with the customer.
The increasing volumes of data must be properly captured, stored, and managed for multiple processes to gain value and advantage from the data. The increased... [More]
The previous four posts in this blog series have touched on the demands of the modern workload generated by the acceptance of mobile devices into many aspects of our lives. We looked at the changes this has brought to organizations and how they might respond to the new order. But while we may have technical solutions available to satiate the demand, what changes are necessary in the capacity planning process?
Mobile devices have created the consumer expectations of immediacy in terms of information... [More]
The combination of versatility of the connectivity options, the use of open standards, and the separation of data processing and I/O operations.
Data is produced on an unprecedented scale and access to that data must be quick, safe and guarantee integrity. Data is an organization's most valuable asset in the digital age. As the growth continues it is essential that the technology improves to keep the organization competitive.
The most efficient IT infrastructures that handle today's workloads usually have well... [More]
Did you know that all IT vendor products must go through rigorous qualification testing before they are supported on IBM z Systems® platforms?
To acquire qualification, vendors obtain licensed IBM patents, intellectual property, and know-how. This licensing provides vendors access to the proprietary IBM protocols and applications that are used on z Systems platforms.
In this post we will look at the criteria and processes required to successfully complete the IBM z Systems Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™... [More]
The recently announced IBM z13, positioned to meet the evolving demands of the modern workload, and at the same time, continue to improve the more traditional and well established applications. It scales from a small singular deployment instance to serving global organizations.
The IBM z13 is a combination of enhanced technologies brought together in a single footprint. The design takes full advantage of the established foundations of z Systems and builds upon them. New functionality has been added to help with... [More]
Analytics is changing the face of business. Technology enablement has brought us to a new era, and the journey continues.
IBM z Systems and, in particular, IBM z13 with its new features and functions enable all of the advantages of improved performance and lowered costs, providing real-time analytics-based decisions.
With the many new features and functions of IBM z13, your organization's workloads will definitely benefit.
One of the new features/functions of the IBM z/13 includes the addition of SIMD-MASS and ATLAS... [More]
The rise in expectations shapes a new landscape for applications development and infrastructure management. The old must be merged with the new in a seamless fashion.
The challenge is to establish a new equilibrium by leveraging the full investment from existing applications and to build and integrate the new possibilities and technologies of mobile. However the challenge is much deeper than that, we must understand its true nature. On the surface we can expect to see the flowing demands:
As new mobile apps have found their way onto our devices so too has the amount of data we consume. Prior to 2007, did we know that booking a flight, choosing a seat, receiving an electronic ticket, making a payment, checking live flight status, and tracking a journey on our phones was just around the corner?
The scope of data consumed has increased to be more informative to the consumer. Competition for delivering information to our devices has intensified as marketers vie to attract our attention and win our focus and business. We... [More]
The Consequences of Change blog series
This mini blog series of 5 posts looks at the modern workloads organizations have to face today and touches on some of the points that have brought new challenges and new solutions to the our digital era.
The Consequences of Change Post 1 of 5: Behavioral Changes by Keith Winnard
In 2007 the invasion started. A revolution of gargantuan proportions began from a single presentation by one man. The impact would be global. Your life was about to change, the way you think was about to... [More]
With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, once again I read in the news from Mitchell D. Weiss, Credit.com on November 2, 2014 how consumer fear of credit card fraud now tops terrorism.
And from the banking analytics blog from FICO , I read about the four essentials for fraud detection
Fraud detection in real time.
Efficient rules engine.
Why aren’t more banks and retail operations thinking about... [More]
Have you ever found one of your LPARs running jobs that you never expected to see? Or maybe some smartypants using Job Classes reserved to High Priority Jobs? Maybe you spent money and/or time trying to have more control and avoid these situations. Now, there's a new assistance for these scenarios; JES2 and JES3 come with SAF protection for Job Classes.
Let’s consider an example. We have a MAS, all members in z11 mode, using JES2 or JES3, z/OS 1.13 and Joan. She found that the LPAR is very loaded and it takes longer to... [More]
Data grows all the time. There´s nothing you can do; so every day we struggle and adapt new technology; new hardware, new software, combine and exploit new features and enhancements, and data… keeps growing. You can´t just say: “Hey, wait a minute there!” Because all the business is moved by this data, and in order to be successful, this data needs to be converted into information fast. There´s no point talking about the terms and definitions here, what you need to know is z/OS brings you a better way to... [More]