Myth versus Truth

IBM has introduced some new "myth versus truth" advertising to promote System z. IBM realized there are many misperceptions about the modern mainframe, the most advanced and sophisticated business server in the market. (Certainly IBM's competitors try to exploit those misperceptions.) IBM employs a bit of humor, and I think it works well. First up, System z as a vending machine:

Here is a television spot from Italy:

Don't understand Italian? OK, let's try again:

by Timothy Sipples September 11, 2009 in Media
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Reduce the Number of Servers

Len Sanatalucia from Vicom Infinity Solutions talks about data center simplification (and his customer's success story) using System z:

IBM's Don Zeunert talks about saving money quickly by moving to System z:

by Timothy Sipples September 11, 2009 in Economics
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EMC Cofounder Richard Egan Dies

Richard Egan, cofounder of EMC Corp., died Sunday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses. He was 73.

Egan was the "E" in EMC which he helped found in 1979. The company started as a memory board supplier for DEC, Wang, and IBM mainframes and minicomputers. Egan helped pivot EMC into a broader array of storage products, including especially disk storage. Many IBM mainframe customers bought (and continue to buy) EMC's well-respected storage products. Egan's company eventually became Massachusetts's largest high technology employer. After retiring from EMC in 2001 Egan served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.

The Mainframe Blog extends its condolences to Richard Egan's family and many friends, including Maureen (his wife of 52 years), his five children, and his 15 grandchildren.

by Timothy Sipples September 7, 2009 in People
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Two Tribes, One Future

Here's an excellent article by Michael Healey about Winn-Dixie bringing together both sides of the house:

The persistent mutual loathing of the distributed and mainframe camps is a daily personal drain for me.  I remember when mainframes were collegiate coolness. Those were the days when Cornell ranked as a supercomputer center with just a couple of 3090 600s running AIX (on VM).  I remember once writing to my manager (I was in a Unix job at the time), "I have no allergy to the mainframe".  Even then, so-called "Unix people" and "Windows people" (don't forget Mac people) treated it like alien goo, and it has gotten worse.  Similarly, the z/OS crowd is still slow to warm up to Unix System Services even when it has been built-in for fifteen years.  And the CMS community has been no better, having squandered their robust shell and utilities for that same period.  (They do score points for embracing ... even pushing ... Linux on the mainframe.)

Come together, people!  The new attitude in self improvement is not to dread, hide, and fight your weaknesses but instead to embrace, foster, and advertise your strengths.  We can do the same, promoting what our platform does best and acknowledging what the other does best.  Let's not bicker and argue about who crashed who.  But Healey is right; it's gotta start at the top.  Are you the CIO?  You stand to gain a lot ... or lose big.  Shatter your silos.  Make the most of the technologies.

-- R;

by sirsanta September 1, 2009
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