Top reads for the weekend 6/16

Another week and another round of interesting topics!

Here are some interesting news from the mainframe world that you may find interesting. Get ready …..

Six Critical Steps to Improving Mainframe Agility

Highlights:

Over the last year and a half, one of the few bright spots in IBM’s search for sustained revenue growth has been the z14 mainframe, which has achieved the strongest mainframe performance in decades following IBM’s highly successful z13 cycle

BMC’s 2018 mainframe survey results show 92 percent of respondents predict long-term viability for the platform—the third straight year that number has increased. Over the last year and a half, one of the few bright spots in IBM’s search for sustained revenue growth has been the z14 mainframe, which has achieved the strongest mainframe performance in decades following IBM’s highly successful z13 cycle

The mainframe has endured because it’s the ideal back-end system for managing proliferating workloads—it can process over one million transactions per second, largely fueled by the mobile megatrend. This is due to the platform’s superior reliability, availability, security and cost-effectiveness.

With the mainframe playing such a critical role in modern digital deliverables, it becomes imperative to consistently measure and improve mainframe software delivery velocity, quality and efficiency.

Futureproofing the legacy backbone: Virtualizing mainframes with Microsoft Azure – Part 1

Highlights:

Mainframes, first developed in the 1950s and controlled by punch cards or magnetic tape, evolved through the computing eras of the 1960s, 70s and 80s and are still used by enterprises and long-lived SMBs to process transactions and data or run mission critical apps.

But a shifting security landscape and changing skillsets as well as the cost and performance benefits of cloud are steering a growing number of organizations to virtualize their mainframes.

300,000 MIPs is a large mainframe. But no one takes 300,000 MIPs and puts it into a VM. The old adage, how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. This client has a large amount of MIPs but they are spread out over several Logical Partitions or LPARs. We take out one LPAR at a time.

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