IBM partners up to make Linux mainframes more mainstream

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CA Technologies Joins Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project to Advance Innovation on the Mainframe.

NEW YORK, Aug 17, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — CA Technologies CA, +0.61% today announced it is a founding Platinum member of The Linux Foundation’s new Open Mainframe Project. The project is designed to create a collaborative environment among top industry leaders and academic institutions to drive both improvements and enterprise innovation on the mainframe. Unveiling the most secure Linux servers in the industry – The company is introducing two Linux mainframe servers – called LinuxONE – that are the industry’s most powerful[2] and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era.

International Business Machines Corp. said on Monday that it had launched a Linux-only system for mainframes, another sign that open source software is increasingly important to the way big companies approach information technology. The servers appeared to be designed for handling the massive scale common to mobile computing, given that they are based on IBM’s z13 mainframe computer, designed for high-volume mobile transactions, Reuters said. The collaboration with Canonical brings Ubuntu’s scale-out and cloud expertise to the IBM z Systems platform, further expanding its reach and support.

As CIO Journal reported in June, IBM has thrown its support behind Spark, an open source framework that can be used to quickly analyze large amounts of data. According to The Linux Foundation, 97 percent of hiring managers report they will bring on Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months. The Emperor is the bigger of the two, and according to IBM can handle up to 8,000 virtual machines or hundreds of thousands of containers, which wrap software in a complete file system that contains everything it needs to run.

Commerce Department to make sense of troves of economic data and help companies answer those kinds of questions, CIO Journal’s Angus Loten reports. “There are literally hundreds of data products coming out of the federal government every day,” says Ian Kalin, Commerce’s chief data officer. “We know the ecosystem of this data and we can help PayPal and others navigate that for exporters.” Judge blocks Kohl’s effort to keep CIO from joining Hudson’s Bay. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments.

LinuxONE Rockhopper, an entry into the portfolio, is designed for clients and emerging markets seeking the speed, security and availability of the mainframe but in a smaller package. A judge has blocked an attempt by retailer Kohl’s Corp. to prevent its former chief information officer from taking the same role at Hudson’s Bay Co., CIO Journal reports. Kohl’s says Janet Schalk, its former CIO, signed a one-year agreement that restricts the kinds of positions she could hold at competing companies after leaving Kohl’s. Protected-key, available on LinuxONE, provides significantly enhanced security over clear-key technology and offers up-to 28X improved performance over standard secure-key technology[3].

The New York Times writes about white-collar working conditions inside Inc., where the retail giant is taking advantage of the fact that data allows individual performance to be measured continuously. CEO Jeff Bezos told employees he doesn’t recognize the company described in the article, and asked employees to report any abusive behavior directly to human resources, GeekWire reported. Enabling greater access in the developer community, IBM’s contribution of mainframe technologies is the largest single contribution of mainframe code from IBM to the open source community. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. dominates the Chinese e-commerce market, but a swarm of industry newcomers are putting the company on high alert, reports the WSJ’s Kathy Chu and Gillian Wong. The greatest threat comes from longtime rival Inc., as well as increased competition from niche players including beauty products seller Jumei International Holdings Ltd. and discount fashion retailer Vipshop Holdings Ltd.

Marist College and Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies plan to host clouds that provide developers access to a virtual IBM LinuxONE at no cost. New financing models for the LinuxONE portfolio provide flexibility in pricing and resources that allows enterprises to pay for what they use and scale up quickly when their business grows. Modest apartment buildings that cater to middle-class and working-class families are becoming scarcer as fewer are built nationwide and older ones are demolished, the WSJ’s Laura Kusisto writes. For more information on the IBM LinuxONE Systems Portfolio, visit and follow the conversation at #IBMz, #LinuxONE and #LinuxCon Note to journalists and bloggers: You can view and download b-roll video footage on TheNewsMarket by clicking here:

Even though construction of multifamily rental properties is running at the highest level in decades, the overwhelming majority of new units are luxury, according to CoStar Group Inc. Construction costs are generally too high to justify building new complexes for low- and middle-income tenants, experts say, contributing to the scarcity.

ADP, a cloud-based provider of human resource services for more than 630,000 businesses, uses Linux on z Systems to help process payroll, benefits and other key employee services for more than 36 million people worldwide. “ADP is running some of the most critical and sensitive operations for our customers – no one wants to miss a paycheck. A scarcely-noticed data point released by China’s central bank Friday showed continuous outflow of capital from the country, which some analysts attribute to Beijing’s surprise move last week to devalue its currency. SinfoníaRx helps providers and their patients better manage care by looking at a patient’s full list of prescriptions to identify safety issues, gaps in care and better treatment options. “We serve more than 5 million patients who often have 10 to 15 prescriptions from multiple doctors and pharmacies.

We also have an IT environment that’s both flexible for developing applications and capable of scaling up without interruption as we add more patients.” – Kevin Barber, SinfoníaRx CIO. “Open source is about choice for customers, in software, hardware infrastructure, support and services. IBM and Canonical teaming to bring Ubuntu to z Systems allows customers to leverage the speed and security of z Systems, and the open-source software and tools of Ubuntu, to enhance the IT operations for a new universe of customers.” – Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical “As the one default database platform for leading Linux distributors, including Red Hat and SUSE, MariaDB is excited to support IBM LinuxONE. We’re excited to collaborate with IBM on their support for open source technology and to ensure an awesome Chef and IBM user experience for years to come.” – Matt Ray, Director of Partner Integration, Chef “2ndQuadrant is excited by combining the world’s most advanced open source database, PostgreSQL, with the world’s most efficient, trusted and secure server, the IBM z13.

The results of up to 2X throughput performance far exceed our goal, and we are pleased to partner with IBM for supporting IBM’s customers.” – Simon Riggs, CTO & Founder, PostgreSQL Development at 2ndQuadrant [2] Based on IBM tests that showed LinuxONE can perform 30 billion RESTful web interactions/day with Dockerized Node.js and MongoDB, driving over 470K database read and writes per second. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

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