What can’t run on the Mainframe?
OK, we know about system Z’s heritage for running the big boys, and we have talked about how there are thousands of applications that have been certified over last few years for Linux on system Z.
…. But what about all of that .NET workload out there?
If you don't live in the Linux world, you may not know about the business partner Mainsoft which in the summer of 2008 announced the capability to port .NET applications to Java ones. A perhaps lesser known capability was announced that same summer when Novell announced the project for the Mono extension to SUSE Linux which enables .NET applications to run in a Linux environment. The project evolved so last spring Novell announced commercial support for Mono 2.4.
Here is a Hint: If you do start consolidation onto VM or Linux on Z, don’t overlook a key component of the project: monitoring. Take a hard look at Velocity Software, a partner started by ex IBMers that has worked with IBM since 1988, works with the system z labs, and has been involved in VM Early Support Programs since then too.
Note: Another important virtualization
management consideration dealing with multiple platforms is also reflected in
the creation of the IBM Systems Software organization. Covering
components from System Director, VM Control, and Active Energy Manager (to name
but a few), the portfolio addresses management, security, energy, availability,
virtualization and of course, operating systems.
For fun: Take a look at this video on You Tube: How IBM Software Works--- A nice summary of where IBM software is going.