Welcome to the first mainframe blog on developerWorks originated by the IBM Systems and Technology lab in China.
We established our mainframe team in the IBM Systems and Technology lab in China in 2010. Our mainframe team has grown to about 200 engineers working on the z/OS and z/VM operating systems. Together with our IBM Software Group colleagues, who are working on major IBM middleware products like DB2 and WebSphere, we have almost 500 IBM engineers and developers in China developing operating systems and middleware for IBM’s mainframe.
There are two reasons why IBM built such a large mainframe development team in China. First there is incredible talent in China and we want to explore this talent in our development laboratories. The second reason is our existing and future mainframe customers in China. Mainframes are very critical for many large customers in China and over the last couple of years we won several new customers in China deploying mainframes to run their critical businesses on it. We want to have local engineers and developers in China supporting our mainframe customers and listening to them about future needs and requirements in our product set.
We plan to use developerWorks to post technical papers and discuss hot technical topics in Mandarin language. The audience for this website is IT staff from existing mainframe customers, future and potential new customers, business partners, software vendors, as well as professors and students. We are very interested to get your comments about our posts and would like to understand what is hot for you, so that we can tailor our articles and technical materials to your needs. This new forum is supposed to further develop the dialog and discussion between the mainframe community in China and the local mainframe experts in the lab.
The mainframe has a long heritage starting its journey with the introduction of System/360 in 1964. Since then the mainframe re-invented itself many times and is the de facto gold standard in enterprise computing. The mainframe brings together decades of development and leadership in virtualization, workload management, I/O throughput, security and business resilience. Those capabilities are key to create an optimized infrastructure, to integrate operational data with analytics, and to enable cloud delivery. The demand for smarter solutions that leverage large volumes of data is pushing enterprises to deliver higher service levels with 24x7 availability, security, and scale. The mainframe is the best environment to address those business needs.
There is a Chinese expression"不到长城非好汉". In my mind the statement is true for IT professionals and the mainframe as well!
Welcome again to our new forum. I am looking for your active participation to strengthen our mainframe community in China.
Greater China Group Systems and Technology Lab
Director Operating Systems Development