15 03, 2018

Mainframe batch challenges – and solutions

March 15th, 2018|Opinion|0 Comments

The ancient datacenter game of tug-of-war between the need for more computing power, and the need to more closely control ongoing IT costs is never-ending, and continues, as intensely as ever, in today’s large business datacenters. And with the mainframe enclosed firmly within its no-holds-barred silo, the game is more dramatic than it has ever [...]

1 03, 2018

High-Performance In-Memory Technology

March 1st, 2018|Opinion|0 Comments

Maximizing mainframe performance Maximizing mainframe system performance is an ongoing process, and amounts to a full-time job both for IT organizations running mainframe systems and for IBM. The z/OS operating system and the venerable Db2 database form the backbone of the most important IT assets possessed by almost all of the biggest banks, financial institutions, [...]

15 02, 2018

Hostbridge HTAC CICS SIEM applications

February 15th, 2018|Opinion|0 Comments

DataKinetics partner HostBridge has announced a breakthrough mainframe connectivity solution - a Transaction Analytics Connector (HTAC) - that allows SIEM applications (Slunk, etc.) to gain visibility into mainframe CICS applications. The HTAC addresses the ongoing problem of mainframe CICS applications appearing to be featureless black boxes from the perspective of SIEM applications. It leverages the [...]

27 01, 2018

DB2 Performance Optimization: Acceleration, Replication, cost savings

January 27th, 2018|Opinion|0 Comments

You run Db2 because you want the most powerful and best supported database in the industry: in terms of performance, reliability, availability and scalability.  And yet, with increasing demands on your systems due to increased mobile access, you need even more performance. Worse, costs are rising while your mainframe IT budget is not. These are [...]

8 12, 2017

In-memory technology: It’s new, and it’s not…

December 8th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Allan Zander We read a lot about in-memory technology these days, especially as it applies to Big Data and analytics. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing areas in all of computing, and has been since before Gartner identified it as such back in 2012. That should be no surprise to anyone since [...]

1 12, 2017

Four ways Mainframe shops can Embrace Mobile

December 1st, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Larry Strickland In today’s multi-platform, multi-OS and multi-data format corporate computing environments, there is a high demand to make the mainframe systems work with web, mobile devices and, potentially, any device that can be connected to the Internet-of-Things (IoT), in effect, extending the mainframe system to the “modern world.” In Part 1 of this [...]

24 11, 2017

Settling for less

November 24th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Keith Allingham I was reading the news on CNN recently about a power outage in California, which reminded me of some serious black outs in Costa Rica a while back. A friend was there on business, and it ruined an important business meeting that he had spent months setting up. It also reminded me [...]

17 11, 2017

The Third Platform and the Mainframe

November 17th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Allan Zander The Third Platform is defined as the interdependencies between mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, and information/analytics (big data), and possibly the Internet of Things (IoT). Here is a nice rendering of the Third Platform model from Forbes.com. It shows our new concerns: Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud (SMAC-IT) at the top level [...]

7 11, 2017

Money for Nothing

November 7th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Clive Catt My wife loves shopping – even for food; I don’t, but we need to get it done. Because we’re both busy with our jobs, we tend to do one big shop at the start of the month, to get much of what we need for the month. For the most part, that [...]

1 11, 2017

A Digital Transformation – It’s not just about platforms!

November 1st, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

Author: Larry Strickland The term “Digital Transformation” has been and continues to be mentioned practically everywhere within the industry at the moment. Depending on whom you talk to and why, you will get many different educated answers back on the definition of the term. […]