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Managing CICS performance with Workload Manager

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Workload Manager (WLM) has been a blessing for the mainframe. Before WLM there was Systems Resource Manager, which was full of cryptic parameters with vague interactions between them. Back in the '80s, a systems programmer might agonize for weeks before making a simple change, only to become reacquainted with the law of unintended consequences. WLM simplified things quite a bit, enabling the performance analyst to set goals and letting the system manage them.
Robert Crawford, Contributor

H&W Joins the IBM Destination z Community, Provides System z Solutions

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BOISE, Idaho (PRWEB) July 30, 2010

H&W Computer Systems, Inc. (H&W) today announced that IBM has named H&W a Destination z vendor. Destination z is a mainframe community focused on the IBM System z mainframe platform. By participating in the Destination z program, H&W will work with IBM and other vendors to improve and promote System z. As part of the effort, IBM has developed the Destination z website that provides more direct access to solutions, news, tips, and ideas related to System z.

zEnterprise Mainframe

zEnterprise Mainframe

Up to 80 5.2 GHz high frequency z196 quad core processor chips.

Memory: 32 GB to 3056 GB.

IBM launches zEnterprise 196 'data center in a box'

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The zEnterprise 196 was designed to reduce data center costs and complexity, and IBM poured roughly $1.5 billion into R&D as well as input from 30 of its customers. Where raw processing power is concerned, the zEnterprise consists of 96 quad processors running at 5.2 GHz each with access to up to 3TB of memory. This makes the zEnterprise about 60 percent faster than the z10 series it supersedes; all the while using the same amount of power.

IBM Investigated by EU Regulator Over Mainframe Computer Market

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International Business Machines Corp., the world’s biggest provider of computer services, is being investigated by the European Union for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the market for mainframe computers.

The probe follows complaints by a pair of software makers and involves two separate investigations, the European Commission said in a statement. IBM said that the probe was the result of a campaign by “satellite proxies” of competitors led by Microsoft Corp.

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