In its continuing push to expand the reach of its System z mainframes, IBM is planning to release enhancements to more than 30 mainframe-based software offerings in 2009. IBM already has released 12 of those upgrades. The move comes as vendors such as CA, BMC Software and Unisys expand their mainframe offerings and HP tries to lure IBM mainframe users to its own Intel-based ProLiant and Integrity systems.
IBM is planning to roll out about 30
enhancements to a variety of software offerings for its System z platform in
2009, the latest move to extend the reach of IBM's
IBM already has launched the first 12 of
the enhancements, touching on Rational development tools, InfoSphere and Cognos
data management products, WebSphere transaction management offerings, and
Tivoli IT services management software.
IBM officials for several years have
touted a resurgence of the mainframe, pointing to the new workloads running on
the platform and the growth not only of the MIPS
that are shipping but also the increase in interest from ISVs. IBM
said it estimates that over the past year, another 150 ISVs have turned to the
System z platform, adding more than 1,000 applications that can run on the
Analysts have said much of the credit for the mainframe revival can be
attributed to specialty processor engines that IBM
has built to make it easier to run such loads as Linux and Java on the System z
Other vendors also are pushing the mainframe's growth. Software makers such
and BMC Software are adding more
capabilities to their mainframe management software, and Unisys late in May
and specialty engines.
IBM also has offered new services and
financing plans in hopes of enticing
businesses that use Unix-based systems
from Hewlett-Packard and Sun
Microsystems to migrate to the System z platform, though HP officials have
begun to fight back, attacking
for being less efficient and pricier than HP's own
Intel-based Integrity and ProLiant server families.
In its latest rollout of new capabilities, IBM
June 4 unveiled enhancements to Rational System Architect v11.3 and Rational
Focal Point for Product and Portfolio Management v6.4, which are designed to
improve IT budgeting and resource management through the use of strategy and IT
Rational Developer for System z v7.6
integrates with other Rational System z tools and third-party software to help
speed up the development of new workloads on the mainframe platform, lower
training costs and reduce MIPS
consumption. Rational Team Concert for System z v 2.0 is based on IBM's Jazz technology and integrates with
Rational Developer for System z to better support the building of
WebSphere Business Events v6.2.1 for
the z/OS operating system aims to make it easier for users to handle business
events using CICS applications, and CICS Transaction Server v4.1 is designed to
let users better handle regulatory compliance and changing demographics.
Enhancements to Tivoli products touch on Tivoli Omegamon monitoring
software, Tivoli Security Management for z/OS, Tivoli Key Lifecycle Management
for z/OS and Tivoli Workload Scheduler v8.5.