The Path to Success is Innovation on the Modern Mainframe

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The mainframe is as critical today as ever to the global economy. Digital business is exploding and driving more applications with more transactions and data, causing IT shops to expend more effort to ensure critical business workloads are running at peak levels while delivering full availability (99.999%). BMC is highly focused on making sure … [Read more...]

Where’s the Ops in Dev Ops?

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Trying to take advantage of great Development without equally strong Operations is something like trying to row a boat on dry land. These days, there’s a tendency to overemphasize the Dev side of DevOps with folks simply expecting that the Ops side will be handled as efficiently and pretty much take care of itself. This occurs even at BMC where we … [Read more...]

The Subsystem Service Model: SOA for Mainframe Environments

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Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) has emerged as a popular standard to “modernize” legacy mainframe applications into today’s infrastructures. However, mainframes are often viewed as only “black box” service providers to the loosely coupled distributed applications. As a result, the efficiencies of SOA have not been realized on the mainframe … [Read more...]

Mainframe Best Practice: Increase Availability with Conditional IMS Utility Processing

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A little mainframe humor for you: “What are the fastest IMS reorganizations you’ve done?” Answer: “The ones you don’t do at all because they’re not needed.” Old joke, but still applicable. Today’s digital businesses need applications to be available 24x7 so that users can complete their business processing, but IMS maintenance activities can impact … [Read more...]

When Is zIIP Offload Not What It Seems?

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Minimizing the operating expense of your mainframe has never had a higher profile, nor been more important. Through the introduction of specialty processors (such as zIIPs), IBM has provided significantly lower cost hardware and the promise of dramatic savings in operational costs. The primary reason this is so attractive and cost-effective is not … [Read more...]

Two Secrets to Success in Managing Mainframe MLC Costs

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Mainframe Monthly License Charge (MLC) software costs are a fact of life in the mainframe world. Some bills can reach well over $1 million per month. It’s worth it because of the amazing reliability, security, and performance that DB2, IMS, CICS, and other MLC software provides to our critical global businesses. But each year, the pricing is … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Your Modern Mainframe

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A variety of challenges impact mainframe systems management and are driving companies to look for ways to meet the ever-increasing demands, speed, and complexity of digital business. IT budgets are tight. Skilled mainframe experts are retiring at a rapid rate and the solutions you use must meet the needs of a new generation of mainframe … [Read more...]