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IBM loses mainframe docs down the back of the web, customers cry 'sabotage'

Earlier this month, IBM's attempt to redesign its website broke links to product documentation – and all hell broke loose. On the IBM-MAIN mailing list, z/OS mainframe customers decried the changes as sabotage. People looking for IBM tools have been unable to find them. One aggrieved individual urged SHARE, an independent …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Jun 2018
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NAB mainframe turns its TOESUP* after power outage, offline 7 hours

The National Australia Bank has been sharply criticised after a seven-hour outage on Saturday that took down its ATMs, EFTPOS, Internet banking, mobile banking services, and call centre operations. The bank has pointed to a problem in its Melbourne mainframe system as the cause of the outage. By knocking out payment …
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Honey, I shrunk the mainframe: Fujitsu freshens up GS21 kit

Mainframes never die, though their architecture has been eclipsed for years. In Fujitsu's case, the GS21 2400 and 2600 mainframe models have become smaller and, we're told, faster and more secure with the arrival of the 3400 and 3600. The GS (Global Server) mainframes are sold mostly in Japan and have roots in Amdahl …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018
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IBM swings shrink ray from workforce to mainframes

IBM has shrunk its z-series mainframes to fit 19-inch racks, the size used by just about every other server in the world. The new z14 range includes the ZR1, a single-rack machine said to improve on the smallest Z13 by improving throughput by 10 per cent while doubling memory to eight terabytes. The ten-core CPU hits 5.2Ghz – …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2018
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IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

IBM topped analyst expectations in its third quarter of the year, but still couldn't shake a run of falling revenue that now stands at 5 and a half years long. Big Blue credited strong returns from its cloud and cognitive businesses along with a boost from its recent mainframe refresh in helping it top $19bn of total revenues …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017

Mainframes are hip now! Compuware fires its dev environment into cloud

In an attempt to entice new blood to those dinosaur systems of record known as mainframes, Detroit software firm Compuware has moved its development environment to the cloud. The company's flagship mainframe Agile/DevOps product Topaz is now available on Amazon Web Services. As Compuware and competitors such as IBM and Micro …
Andrew Silver, 2 Oct 2017
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Mainframes, PCs, mobes tickle Fujitsu revenues in the right direction

Despite a mild slump in its x86 server sales, Fujitsu revenues increased for its first fiscal 2017 quarter by 2.5 per cent to $8.3bn (¥922.6bn), accompanied by a rebound in profits. Operating profit rose year-on-year from -$123.3m (-¥13.7bn) to $44.1m (¥4.9bn) – a welcome turnaround. In its technology solutions business: …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2017
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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

IBM has launched its latest, newest, biggest, baddest mainframe, the z14 system. It features the next generation of IBM's CMOS mainframe chip technology, with 10-core processors using 14nm silicon-on-insulator technology, and running at 5.2GHz, claimed to be the fastest processor in the industry. Each core has hardware …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2017
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Hitachi exits mainframe hardware but will collab with IBM on z Systems

Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software. Hitachi has been in the mainframe business for 50 years and currently its AP series of systems are sold to major organisations across Japan. Hitachi Data Systems used to sell Hitachi-made IBM plug- …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017
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Analyse this: IBM moves Watson machine learning to mainframes

IBM is adding the machine learning technology from Watson to its z/OS mainframe for smarter, faster analytics of transaction data. Big Data analytics is typically applied to unstructured data in the Hadoop world. By contrast, older data warehousing and business intelligence (DW/BI) products are applied to structured data in …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017
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Bank tech boss: Where we're going, we don't need mainframes

Dutch finance giant ING is moving away from mainframes as “aggressively” as it can, rejecting vendors’ hopes that a little sprinkling of Agile dust will give the venerable platform a new lease of life. Speaking at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London on Thursday, Ron van Kemenade, CIO ING Bank, detailed the bank’s …
Joe Fay, 1 Jul 2016
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DevOps isn't just about the new: It's about cleaning up the old, too

As one of my coworkers used to say when confronted with The Latest Development Improvement Methodology: “Why don’t you come down here and chum this stuff?” – except he used the language of a sailor. In trying to implement the latest breakfast cereal agenda, DevOps, one of the primary chumming tasks is dealing with all your “ …
Michael Cote, 12 Apr 2016

Micro Focus spends $540m to add Serena its software brand museum

Micro Focus International is splashing out $540m to scoop up Serena Software – or more specifically, its recurring maintenance revenues, to add to its stable of once great, now slightly dusty software brands. LSE-listed mainframe specialist Micro Focus is simultaneously raising $216m in a placing to help pay for the deal, …
Joe Fay, 22 Mar 2016

Oracle adds own cloud tier to its mainframe VTL

Oracle has updated VSM 6 to v7 four years after VSM 6 was launched, adding beefier CPUs, greater scale and auto-tiering to Larry’s own cloud. VSM is a deduping virtual tape library (VTL) or disk array with a tape library interface, and up until now has been for mainframes only. It can write data to an attached tape library …
Chris Mellor, 2 Mar 2016
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Penguinistas slide into a big, blue mainframe ocean

The Open Mainframe Project, launched in August 2015, has announced its development goals for 2016. The Linux Foundation collaboration is designed to help Tux get its flippers around big iron. When it was launched at LinuxCon in Seattle last year, its backers included IBM, CA, CompuWare, BMC, SUSE and others. Apart from the …

Ah, that new 'baby' mainframe smell: IBM shows off z13s

IBM’s new entry-level mainframe, the z13s, makes its debut next month and the company’s press blurb makes for instructive reading, not least because it has very little to say about the actual spec. Instead, there is much enthusiasm about the security features and services assembled for the z Systems server family. The server …
Drew Cullen, 16 Feb 2016
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IBM dons winter gear, gives Emperors and Rockhoppers a refresh

IBM’s Linux on the mainframe portfolio has had a mid-winter brush up, with new tools and a 50 per cent increase in the number of Linux flavours it supports. The vendor said it would optimise two of its recently acquired technologies for LinuxONE: Cloudant, the enterprise grade NoSQL database it bought in 2014, and Strongloop, …
Joe Fay, 26 Jan 2016
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All Systems z are Go: IBM ports Google language to mainframes

IBM has been spotted bringing the open-source Go programming language to its System z mainframes. Big Blue made its port available via a GitHub repository and its Linux on IBM z Systems project – which is working on bringing across various other packages, too. Developed by Google and released in 2009, Go is designed with an …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2016

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