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March, 2009


March 25, 2009  3:31 PM

Putting it all together: PSI, the mainframe, and blade servers

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

When IBM announced that it was buying Platform Solutions Inc. last year, most people thought Big Blue was doing it to shut PSI up. Before the acquisition, IBM and PSI were in a nasty legal fight over 1)

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March 20, 2009  12:57 PM

Mainframers’ reactions to an IBM-Sun merger possibility

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Here are some mainframers' reactions to the possibility of IBM buying Sun...

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March 19, 2009  6:18 PM

Letters: on open-sourcing the mainframe

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

We received some letters from readers this week in response to Robert Crawford's column on making the case for IBM to open source the mainframe. Here are two of them. --- I have 45 years in mainframes...


March 11, 2009  3:01 PM

Sun CTO: Cloud computing is like the mainframe

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Greg Papadopoulos, Sun Microsystems chief technology officer, gave the keynote address at the AFCOM Data Center World conference in Las Vegas yesterday. And during it, he compared cloud computing to the mainframe. What he said about cloud computing:...


March 9, 2009  9:50 PM

BMC aims to claim it can cut your mainframe MIPS

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Mainframe MIPS are like the stock market circa 2006, right? They never go down. But while one going down leads to a nationwide financial crisis, the other going down might lead to a companywide standing ovation. Cutting mainframe MIPS means money that went toward exorbitant software licensing...


March 9, 2009  9:47 PM

CA attacks the mainframe velociraptors

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Oftentimes when I talk to CA users -- whether they're running a mainframe, distributed systems or most often, both -- they're not sure of everything they have. That's one of the oft-cited criticisms of CA and other large third-party mainframe software vendors, that they're so bulky and difficult to...


March 8, 2009  2:53 PM

Run your blade server like it’s a mainframe LPAR

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

What if you could run your blade server as if it were an extension of your mainframe? The concept is there, the reality not too far away, according to IBM. At the Share mainframe user group conference...


March 5, 2009  9:14 PM

The prospect of Windows on an IBM System z mainframe

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

There's some hubbub around the Share conference in Austin this week around a session tomorrow morning by Mantissa Corp. The session is titled "x86 Virtualization Technology for System z." During it, the company's CEO, Gary Dennis, is expected to unveil...


March 5, 2009  6:19 PM

The status of the Share mainframe user group

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

AUSTIN -- Earlier today Share held a conference session on the status of the event here in Austin and of the group overall. There were only 636 full-week paid attendees at the show this spring, which was below their expectations (crowds did seem light in the...


March 5, 2009  4:20 PM

Linux on z/VM a big topic at Share this week

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

There are more than a dozen sessions here at Share in Austin this week on running Linux on the IBM System z within z/VM, big iron's virtualization operating system. Nationwide, John Deere, the list goes on and on. Yesterday I sat in on one of those sessions, where a systems engineer for a large...


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