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 experience.
In this residency, I was working on a new IBM Redbooks project named Set up Linux on IBM System z for Production. From the name of this Redbooks publication, you've might already have guessed the contents of this book. Yes! In this book, we discuss all the considerations for moving business applications into production on the Linux on System z platform. It includes considerations of H/W planning, storage planning, Linux system planning, performance, software planning, accounting, zCloud and checklists, etc.
We also provided several suggested Linux architectures based on our experiences worldwide. Let me give you a couple of examples to help you understand what we were working on for this Redbooks publication. For example, based on the experiences from our worldwide clients, we introduced several of the most common Linux on System z architectures. In each architecture, we discussed characteristics such as reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) , network, management, maintenance, etc. Readers can reference our suggested architectures based on their own requirements.
As another example, Linux on System z can support different I/O channel types (FICON, zHPF and FCP) and corresponding disk types (ECKD and SCSI). We compared the different channel and disk types to help our readers understand their characteristics and differences. We hope we can help our readers select the most suitable architecture and understand the factors that need to considered before putting business applications into production. We also have provided some checklists in the book to assist our readers in planning to move to the Linux on System z platform.
In this residency, we had five people from different countries, including U.S., Brazil and China. They are JB Mills, Livio Sousa, David Sousa and Saulo Silva. Of course, we have our ITSO project leader Lydia Parziale. It's really a good experience to work with those smart people. They are really awesome. We worked together to discuss our client experiences, the book outlines and technical details. We were sitting around in a meeting room to design the scenarios, discussing the technical practice and even debating the most appropriate wording of a statement. I believe that is the beauty of a Redbooks residency. People from different countries with different backgrounds and expertise working together to contribute their knowledge, experiences and learn from each other as well. During the residency, we worked together; we ate together; we played together on the weekends. Having worked with those guys for four weeks, we’ve also built good friendships. I really like those guys! This is another benefit we have in the residency. And that friendship will continue in my life.
Poughkeepsie is a beautiful place. I love this place very much. It has beautiful seasons, especially autumn. Alongside the IBM office and hotel, it’s Hudson river. During the weekend, we can see beautiful scenes beside the river banks or on the bridges, including a pedestrian bridge.
I’m not sure if this is the longest pedestrian walkway in the world, but I’m sure this is the longest pedestrian bridge Ive ever walked before.
On one of the weekends, I accompanied my residence team members on a visit to a famous cheesecake factory -Carlos Bake Shop in New Jersey. The taste of Red Velvet was so wonderful that I cannot forget it. Here is the Red Velvet.
There are lots of places to visit in New York City. Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Wall street, 5th Avenue, Empire State Building and NY Central Park are definitely the landmarks of NY City. Of course, I think the museums in NY City are one of most attractive places that deserved to be visited. With an IBM badge, you can visit some museums freely. If you like visiting museums, you might spend a whole day in a museum. The museums in NY are really deserving of a visit. We also visited an air carrier museum. It’s also a very good place that deserved to visit.
I also went to the West Point Museum. It’s about 35 miles away from the Residence Inn hotel where I stayed. I really enjoyed the views when I was driving to West Point. I also recommend visiting that place.
Oh, wait, I almost forget to mention another exciting experience in Poughkeepsie. That is shopping! Yes.... There is a biggest outlets in the east coast of North America - Woodbury Commons. It’s about 35 miles away from IBM Poughkeepsie office. I can say you definitely can find what you want there. Shopping paradise? It is! I was always buying lots of stuffs for my family and friends. Explore it by yourself!
If you want me to summarize the experience of a Redbooks residency, I would like to say “Working hard, play hard!”. You can contribute there; you can learn much there; you can make good friends there; you can play hard there.
Chee (Qi) Ye