Last time we talked about acquisitions, and then IBM sets up to acquire Sterling Commerce and extends the idea of extended business networks for B2B (a term you don't seem to hear as much as 10 years ago) interactions. Does this affect System z? Gee, let me think, what runs most large enterprises? Who is concerned with process flows, transactions, CRM, SCM, PLM, ERP etc and has more than one partner? With enterprise transformations squeezing costs and increasing speeds, it just might be an interesting one to watch.
On the news from 'what, IBM is involved in that?', Texas A&M works with IBM to speed up drug discoveries to deal with Tuberculosis, big blue is working with Guang Dong hospital for analytics of treatment efficiencies, Linux hits 10 years on System z, and System z Expo is only a few months out (October 4) and is now called System z Technical University.
(With a slogan of: z can do it!, I can't help but think of Adam Sandler movies with Rob Schneider saying you can do it! )
Has it really been 10 years for Linux on z? (OK, a couple of other nice links for Linux and System z: : datasheet, white-paper)
Linux has had a pretty large effect helping consolidation efforts, moving the open movement...
Another smaller milestone happened In the last couple of days as I saw an item in the Financial Times on Google moving only to either Linux or Mac systems.
Who would have thought all those years ago when IBM added Unix Systems Services, it would lead to where we are today?
Sidestep to a USS z/OS implementation redbook reference: Redbook where it notes:
"In 1991, the US Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Document 151 stated that MVS must incorporate support for popular UNIX interfaces. So began the challenge of including UNIX functionality into the MVS operating system. The first implementation was known as OpenEdition (or OE, or OMVS), then it became OS/390 UNIX System Services, and then finally z/OS UNIX System Services, as we know it today." (Open Edition first came out in MVS/ESA V4R3 in1994)
Happy Birthday Linux!!