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Microsoft's attack on the Mainframe.

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These picture were taken at the Las Vegas Airport last week just before the Gartner's 26th Annual Data Center Conference. It is quite clear that the Mainframe is on Microsoft's radar!
Mainframes? Just say no!Mainframes? Just say no!

New virtual user group launched for IMS professionals

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IMS (IBM’s Information Management System) is in use at an estimated 95% of Fortune 1000 organizations, and IBM has recently announced Version 10 of the software (see http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/ims/v10/). Yet there are very few Web-based resources available for IMS professionals. iTech-Ed is therefore pleased to announce the launch of Virtual IMS Connection at www.virtualims.com to help fill in this gap. Virtual IMS Connection is an independently-operated vendor-neutral site run by and for the IMS user community.

IBM 'Gas Gauge' monitors mainframe energy usage

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The Environmental Protection Agency in August asked server manufacturers to develop "miles per gallon" ratings for their equipment that would provide users with accurate assessments of energy efficiency. IBM on Thursday announced that it would begin providing typical usage ratings for its line of z9 mainframe computers..

The usage ratings were developed using data collected from more than 1,000 z9s deployed to customers since May 11 when IBM added a "mainframe gas gauge" feature to the computers that monitors energy usage and cooling statistics. As a result, IBM has found that typical energy use by the systems is normally 60 percent less than the maximum ratings.

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IBM Wheels Up Heavy Guns To Defend its Mainframe Monopoly

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IBM Wheels Up Heavy Guns To Defend its Mainframe Monopoly
— IBM has amended its eight-month-old patent infringement/breach of contract suit against Platform Solutions Inc (PSI), the start-up that would deprive Big Blue of its ritzy mainframe monopoly if it gets half a chance. IBM is intent that PSI never gets that chance. IBM has not only amended its complaint it's also changed its tone. No more pussyfooting around. It's a lot more strident now. It accuses PSI, which is backed by Intel and Goldman Sachs, among others, right upfront of theft. It claims, 'Even the limited discovery produced in this case to date confirms that PSI has been engaged in the long-term, systematic theft of IBM's trade secrets, IBM's confidential documents, IBM's copyrighted software and IBM's patented intellectual property, which continues through to this day.'

IBM revamps mainframe OS

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IBM has taken the wraps off a new version of its mainframe operating system, which has been designed to make it easier to port Unix applications onto Big Iron servers. The upgrade also includes scalability and security improvements.

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