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IBM feathers pillow with System z cash – but still losing sleep after 12 quarters of decline

IBM weathered a tough first three months of its fiscal 2015, reporting its twelfth successive quarter of year-on-year revenue declines. As has become a common refrain among tech execs, Big Blue CFO Martin Schroeter blamed some of the company's woes on unfavorable foreign exchange rates. But even correcting for currency …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
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IBM CEO doesn't forget Parris in Power and Mainframe top job lob

Back in April, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty switched the roles of her chief strategist and the head of Systems and Technology Group, and the changes are now rippling through the various IBM server divisions. Four months ago, long-time IBMers Tom Rosamilia and Rod Adkins switched desks. Adkins had been running Systems and Technology …
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IBM gooses 'business class' mainframes with z12 engines

IBM's System z mainframe business has recovered somewhat after stalling and not meeting expectations in the first quarter, and Big Blue is going to try to build some momentum by shipping a new line of midrange-class mainframes that sport lower prices than the current top-end zEnterprise EC12 machines announced last summer. The …
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Mm, Linux-on-mainframe admin brains: IBM wolfs down Israeli upstart

Here's something you don't see very often: IBM making an acquisition that has to do with its System z mainframes. This week, Big Blue snapped up Computing Solutions Leaders, which was founded in 2004 and which is located in Herzliya Pituach, Israel. The small company has expertise in managing Linux and virtualization on IBM …
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Unisys re-ups $650m deal to look after US taxman's big iron

National tax collection agencies were among the first organizations in the world to use IBM, Sperry, Burroughs, and other mainframes, and despite all the grumbling and grousing over the high costs of these venerable box, they have invested a fortune in COBOL applications and it is not so easy to ditch the mainframe as it might …
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IBM continues to squeeze blue blood from IT stones

As has been the case for so many quarters that it has become normal, IBM has managed to boost its profits even as its revenues were down a smidgen in the fourth quarter ended in December. Sales across IBM's vast portfolio of IT hard and softwares was off six-tenths of a point, to $29.3bn. But thanks to Big Blue's constant …
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Big mainframe shops embiggen, says BMC survey

Like mainframe-makers IBM and Unisys, BMC Software gets a sizable portion of its $2.12bn in annual revenues – and presumably a disproportionately larger portion of its profits – from those venerable old card wallopers all gussied up as modern servers. This is why BMC has been conducting surveys over the past few years on the …
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IBM's z12 mainframe engine makes each clock count

Hot Chips When you charge hundreds of thousands of dollars per core for an engine that is designed to run full-out all day doing online transaction processing and all night running single-threaded big batch jobs, you have no choice but to believe in higher clock speeds and doing anything and everything to boost that single-thread …
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IBM embiggens iron with System zEnterprise EC12 mainframe

Hot Chips The systems business is largely dominated by x86-based machinery these days, but Big Blue's mainframe unit is hanging in there after five decades and is still a bit of a mint. You put in $1bn every two years for hardware development, as IBM has done with the new System zEnterprise EC12, and you take out $7bn in ridiculously …
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IBM taps new execs to run Power Systems, mainframes

The executive who has been running IBM's combined Power Systems and System z mainframe units has taken a new high-level position working out Big Blue's overall strategy for the future for new CEO Ginni Rometty, and the company has appointed new leaders for its Power and mainframe units in the wake of that appointment. Tom …
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IBM heaves new System z minis at mainframe shops

In the hope of continuing the System z upgrade boom that started last summer, Big Blue has rounded out its lineup with a midrange – what IBM calls "Business Class" – mainframe, the System zEnterprise 114. The machine is more or less what the rumors of two weeks ago hinted it would be – although it turns out there are two …
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IBM preps mini-mainframe for launch

The word on the street is that Big Blue is getting set to launch the so-called Business Class iteration of its System z mainframe, a midrange-class machine to complement last year's System zEnterprise 196 server. The announcement is set for some time in July, most likely in the first week after the 4th of July holiday in the …
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IBM claims its big blue tools penetrate markets

It has become a habit of IBM to brag about how much market share its Power Systems servers are taking away from Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and Fujitsu as it closes out each quarter, and the fourth quarter was no exception for Big Blue. The Power Systems lineup includes older servers based on dual-core Power6 and Power6+ …
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IBM kills off Irish server works

The Irish Times reports that Big Blue is killing off the remaining server manufacturing jobs in its Emerald Isle factory, and shifting the server-making to its factories in Shenzhen, China. IBM's labor pool in Ireland is now estimated to be somewhere around 4,000 workers. That figure includes the 190 jobs subtracted this week …
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IBM's zEnterprise 196 CPU: Cache is king

Analysis IBM is a funny technology company in that its top brass doesn't like to talk about feeds and speeds and seems to be allergic to hardware in particular. Which is particularly idiotic for a hardware company that sells servers, storage, and chips. Thursday, in launching the new System zEnterprise 196 mainframe, IBM didn't say …
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Stayin' alive: Ten years of Linux on the mainframe

Comment It would be hard to find two technologies that would seem to be more diametrically opposed in the data center than the IBM mainframe and the open source Linux operating system. But the combination of the two, which then-IBM president and now IBM chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano championed (or more precisely, gets credit for …
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Neon updates zPrime mainframe accelerator

Neon Enterprise Software, the cheeky provider of the zPrime systems software that allows production work normally running on IBM z/OS mainframe engines to be dispatched to cheaper zIIP and zAAP co-processors on those mainframes, has tweaked the tool so it can now offload even more work to those cheaper engines. The zPrime tool …
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IBM greases mainframe app pipe

IBM is sweeping cobwebs off big iron with a host of new software products and updates aimed at streamlining maintenance and squeezing more workloads out of the System z mainframe. The company said System z has renewed life as a platform for its cost-cutting and consolidation values, but alas, software today requires better …
Austin Modine, 19 Nov 2009

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