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I now hate a particular major bank. I also hate an online small appliance and electronics retailer. And a Fortune 100 company that also has an online store. I hate them because they don’t know me. Most probably their artificial intelligence (AI) has been anything but intelligent with me. With their new and horribly misguided…

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If you’re running (or plan to run) Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for LinuxONE or for IBM Z, Red Hat offers compelling reasons to upgrade at least some of your Linux guests to RHEL 7.5, announced and available this week. Here are some highlights. Red Hat now supports RHEL running under the KVM hypervisor for…

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IBM is unveiling its newest mainframes today, the single frame IBM z14 ZR1 and IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II (LR1). I’d like to spend a few words explaining how uniquely interesting these machines are for industry solutions. These models are literally open. IBM’s partners and customers can now embed their own equipment within the single frame…

The post IBM ZR1 and LR1: Happy New Mainframe Day! appeared first on Millennial Mainframer.

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Somehow I missed the news that Visara announced an itty bitty (2U size) FICON-attached DASD (disk storage) unit: the Visara Vi-8810L. Visara also has a line of virtual tape products. They all seem to tick a lot of boxes for those organizations looking for small physical form factor storage options for z/OS, especially. IBM discontinued…

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(Updated below.) How would you like to run real, licensed z/OS and various middleware products such as CICS, DB2, MQ, IMS, WebSphere Application Server, plus lots of compilers, tools, etc? You can with the IBM Z Development & Test Environment, and you can do it all on your Linux laptop or PC. IBM licenses ZD&T…

The post Z Development & Test Environment: Your Personal Mainframe appeared first on Millennial Mainframer.

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After looking through IBM’s announcements and others’ reactions to them, let’s take a look at some of the “hidden technical gems” that might not yet be receiving fair attention. In no particular order: IBM and Splunk are working together more closely so that Splunk shops can easily incorporate mainframe-generated data into their operational analytics. The…

The post Digging into July 2017 IBM Z Announcements appeared first on Millennial Mainframer.

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It’s July 17, 2017. Happy New Mainframe Day, everyone! Like clockwork, at about 12:01 a.m. New York time, IBM issued this press release to kick off New Mainframe Day. I’ll have more details and comments to offer in due course. In the meantime, it’s clear what IBM is emphasizing: security. The new IBM z14 is…

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There are a couple speed bumps on the computing horizon: the years 2038 and 2042. Specifically, January 19, 2038, and September 17, 2042 (UTC dates). How dangerous these speed bumps will be depends on you, dear Millennial Mainframers. Maybe your parents had fun (or “fun”) getting ready for Y2K. Now it’s your turn to help…

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IBM is providing free “walk up” access to a real, live z/OS system in the cloud until at least August 31, 2017. You can get some hands on learning experience no matter what your skill level. Details are available here. Scroll down to the “Mainframe Contest Learning System,” and click on “Register now.”

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Back in February, 2017, IBM announced “Multi-Version Measurement” for all its z/OS and z/VSE customers. It’s available now. If you are a z/OS or z/VSE licensee, here’s the quick “executive summary”: order every new IBM software release for all your licensed IBM products through IBM ShopZ. To elaborate, why do I recommend an “order everything” strategy?…

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