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December 10, 2009  10:52 AM

IBM continues push of Linux on the System z mainframe

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
mainframe, zLinux

This week IBM continued pushing Linux on the System z mainframe, offering a Linux-based mainframethat comes pre-built with z/VM and other Linux-related features. The starting price, for a Business Class machine with two IFLs,...

August 18, 2009  5:35 PM

IBM announces System z “solution editions”

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
IBM System z mainframe hardware, Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), zLinux

IBM has announced seven different hardware and software packages that include the System z mainframe and target specific application workloads such as disaster recovery and data warehousing. The move is an effort by Big Blue to keep the mainframe relevant and attractive for whose who might...

July 28, 2009  4:06 PM

Report: IBM, Novell to cut SUSE Linux price on mainframe

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), linux on System z mainframe, Novell SUSE, zLinux

Timothy Prickett Morgan apparently got his hands on a Novell presentation about SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), its iteration of Linux that is the most popular distribution running on the mainframe on top of z/VM.

July 8, 2009  1:36 PM

z/VM 6.1 out by end of year

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
z/VM, zLinux

IBM announced yesterday that z/VM 6.1, the newest version of its mainframe virtualization operating system, will be out by year's end. The z/VM operating system has become more and more relevant over the past few years as companies have taken advantage of the virtualization appeal of the...

March 5, 2009  4:20 PM

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

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
linux on System z mainframe, zLinux

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...

March 2, 2009  8:01 PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield wins Share’s 2009 excellence award

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
mainframe user group share, zLinux

Mainframe user group Share just announced that Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina has won the group's 2009 Award for Excellence in Technology, mainly for its large-scale...

October 28, 2008  8:55 PM

A mainframe on layaway, and other IBM incentives

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
DataCenter, Mainframe specialty engine, z/VM, zLinux

In a move taken from auto dealerships and furniture companies, IBM is offering a way for mainframe users -- or wannabe mainframe users -- to get big iron now without having to pay for it until later. Last week

August 25, 2008  10:08 PM

More than half the mainframe MIPS IBM sells are Linux?

Posted by: Matt Stansberry

By some estimates, since this past February when the z10 was introduced, Linux has accounted for more than half the total mainframe MIPS IBM has sold since the

July 28, 2008  4:14 PM

IBM vs. Sun: The mainframe cage match

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
LPAR, z/VM, zLinux

I must admit. As a tech journalist, it's always fun to watch two vendors go at each other's throats. That is what has been happening recently between...


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