Today's Potpourri

1. Japan Airlines (JAL) becomes the latest customer to adopt z/TPF. z/TPF is IBM's extremely high performance transaction processing system, ideally suited for industries such as travel and transportation and financial services. JAL values z/TPF's 64-bit architecture, familiar Linux-based development tools, and sub-capacity pricing aligned with their business volumes. The full press release, in its original Japanese, can be found here. JAL is the largest airline in Asia and a member of the oneworld alliance.

There are signs Japan's traditionally ultra-cautious enterprise IT market is transforming as many Japanese companies become much more savvy, exploiting new technologies to help their businesses. For example, IBM has already sold new System z10 mainframes in Japan.

2. So what's the price for IBM's C/C++ compiler for z/OS, an IBM-MAIN forum poster asks. As little as $6 per month is the answer. I paid more for lunch today, and it wasn't nearly as good.

3. Slashdot picked up the New York Times story that Kevin refers to. Fortunately most of the Slashdot commenters know what they're talking about when it comes to mainframes, although a few still have strange misconceptions.

4. Blogger Arthur Cole waxes less sanguine than most about where the mainframe is headed. What do you think? Stephen Swoyer has a much different take.

5. IBM's relationship with ACI Worldwide is deeper and broader than ever. The two companies have an aggressive partnership to help financial services customers move electronic payment and ATM applications such as BASE24-eps to System z. Now IBM is taking over management of ACI's internal IT needs.

6. Interesting article about Marist College and their 700-odd Linux servers running on a single IBM System z9 mainframe. The article touches on the convenience of virtual firewall protections which Marist has implemented. Some of the servers support internal Marist administrative needs while most of them are available to students for classwork and other projects. All the servers live in harmony, and the students cannot change their own grades or tuition bills, for example.

by Timothy Sipples March 27, 2008 in Economics, Innovation, Systems Technology


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Thanks for the wonderful news from Mainframe world. I am a TPFer and good to hear JAL going z/TPF on internet.
Have a pleasant day!!

Posted by: Amit Kumawat | Apr 15, 2008 2:13:04 AM

It seems that z/TPF can now run MySQL. So MySQL and C++ for z/TPF development, and net new customers. very interesting.

Posted by: James Governor | Apr 18, 2008 8:53:34 AM

Good News for the TPFers worldwide.
The TPF system (IBM) is the unbeatable fastest real-time system available in the market (since the 60's) which powers most of the airlines and large financial institutions in the world. The z/TPF system can be used by companies in need to exchange a very large amount the online transactions simultaneously. The system runs standalone on IBM Mainframes and uses programming languages such as Assembler and C/C++. If used as a gigantic Server can handle several thousand transactions per second. It's very stable and mostly it is really fast with the cost of each transaction running around $ 0,02.
Can you find anything better than that ?

Posted by: Paulo Hoffmann | Apr 30, 2008 12:39:24 PM

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