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]
Qi Ye is a System z Senior IT Specialist working in GMU ATS as a System z architect in China. He has 8+ years of experience in System z technical support. He mainly focuses on System z hardware, z/OS, DB2 for z/OS, z/VM and Linux on System z. He currently provides pre-sales System z technical support to GMTs, including GCG.
This is my second time in Poughkeepsie working on an IBM Redbooks residency. I really enjoyed the residency to work with a group of smart people from different part of the world. It's a wonderful... [More]
I was recently reading a little about security and System z in the IBM Redbooks publication, Security on the IBM Mainframe, Vol. 1 - A Holistic Approach to reduce Risk and improve Security , SG24-7803, written by my colleague and fellow project leader, Axel Buecker. In the introduction, he wrote:
“Cyber security is a large concern to many organizations, whether they are commercial, governmental, military, and so on. There are unsolicited access attempts to the data on those mainframes, through illegitimate acts of... [More]
Eduardo Simoes Franco is a Consulting IT Specialist. His focus is on supporting and promoting IT Solutions
on the IBM System z platform. He has fifteen years of experience with IT Solutions and Linux,
starting in IBM as Linux on system z Specialist. He has CLA and LPI Certification.
Many people today ask whether the Mainframe -- now called IBM System z -- is ready for new technologies such as Cloud and Big Data. Only a little analysis is needed to see that Linux on System z is a perfect match for both... [More]
Willie Favero is currently an IBM Senior Certified IT Software Specialist and the DB2 for z/OS SME for the Data Warehouse on System z Swat Team at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. He is also a member of IBM's zChampion team, a representative for System z with IBM's Academic Initiative , an IBM Certified DBA for DB2 10 for z/OS, DB2 9 for zOS, and DB2 for z/OS Version 8, an IBM Certified DB2 9 and DB2 10 System Administrator for z/OS , and certified on DB2 UDB and DB2 for OS/390 Version 7.
It’s time to make a little trip over to... [More]
The IBM Redbooks team recently published IBM Redpapers related to IBM System z® qualified Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) vendor products for IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP). The papers highlight the System z Qualified test process and technical details of the DWDM vendor platforms that were tested.
GDPS is an enterprise-wide continuous availability (CA) and disaster recovery (DR) automation solution that can manage recovery from planned... [More]
Richard Lewis is an IBM employee who is part of the IBM Washington System Center, Advanced Technical Support Organization supporting z/VM and Linux on System z.
In August of this year IBM announced the acquisition of CSL International, a leading provider of virtualization management technology. As part of the sales enablement strategy for this new IBM technology, a team at the International Technical Support Organization (ITSO) in Poughkeepsie, NY, is beginning work to produce a Redbooks publication designed to help... [More]
My guest blogger for the next week or two is Mike MacIsaac, an IBM z/Vm and Linux on System z consultant working with the z/VM and Linux Lab-based services team in IBM Poughkeepsie, NY.
...We got funding this year to update "The Virtualization Cookbook", this time as an official IBM Redbooks publication. We have a great team of five residents representing four continents, IBM, Red Hat, SUSE and a customer. We have varying degrees of Linux and z/VM skills and four weeks to complete most of the work. We're... [More]
Livio Sousa is an Certified IT Specialist with with over 12 years of experience with high-end platforms, which encompasses servers, storage and networking equipment. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work with several different software platforms, such as z/OS, Unix, Linux and Windows as well as different hardware processor architectures such as the z/Archtecture and the IA-32 architecture and its extensions. For the past 10 years he has been working as a System z Client Technical Specialist, responsible for provisioning... [More]
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]
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]