IBM Invigorates 50-Yr-Old Mainframe With New Mobile, Hadoop Support

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-04-08 Print this article Print

IBM said over the past five decades the mainframe has evolved with a steady stream of technical innovations that have helped businesses to continuously adapt to changing market demands. In addition to the mobile solutions, IBM announced new Hadoop, storage and security functionality on the mainframe.

IBM introduced zDoop software, where, working with Veristorm, IBM will provide a commercial Hadoop offering for Linux on System z. This allows clients to avoid staging and offloading of mainframe data to maintain existing security and governance controls.

IBM also announced that the next generation of flash storage on IBM DS8870 can provide faster time to insight with up to 4X the performance over SSD. And the company announced continuous integration for System z, which compresses the application delivery cycle from months to weeks or days.

Meanwhile, a new version of IBM CICS Transaction Server delivers enhanced mobile and cloud support for CICS, trusted by businesses running more than 1 billion transactions per day. The new IBM WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect offers rapid and secure enablement of Web, cloud and mobile access to z/OS assets. And the IBM Security zSecure SSE helps prevent malicious computer attacks with enhanced security intelligence and compliance reporting. zSecure can direct security events to QRadar SIEM to provide integrated enterprise wide security intelligence dashboard reporting, IBM said.

Meanwhile, to ensure that the mainframe maintains its staying power, IBM is contributing to training the next generation of mainframe users. The IBM Academic Initiative helps to provide schools with the education resources they need to introduce and develop enterprise-computing skills to students to help them gain exposure to job opportunities and careers. The program helps to facilitate student learning in high demand IT skills and links employers to available students and professional talent.

For more than seven years, IBM has worked with students, professors, businesses and universities to provide mainframe training and curriculum resources to more than 180,000 students at more than 1,000 schools in 70 countries.

As part of this continuing commitment to the growth and development of the mainframe ecosystem, IBM is also announcing three new on-line educational offerings. These Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOCs) are being provided through partnerships with Syracuse University, Marist College, and the Linux Foundation and will be made available in stages throughout the year. All courses are free and available to anyone, anywhere, at any time, IBM said.


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