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[News] Mainframes (Linux-geared) Handle SOA

  • Subject: [News] Mainframes (Linux-geared) Handle SOA
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 11:50:30 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
User-group study: Mainframes live on through SOA

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| Mainframes like IBM's System z are integral to SOA almost by default because 
| they contain a large portion of the world's business information, the study 
| suggests. Thirty percent of respondents who work for companies with 10,000 or 
| more employees said between 51 percent and 75 percent of their company's data 
| is managed and stored on a mainframe, according to the study.    


Microsoft apparently attacks IBM's mainframes by proxy (see below). IBM
mainframes embrace Linux.


Microsoft to IBM: Tolerate PSI Mainframes or Quit Europe

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| If you think Microsoft has an aversion to Article 82 of the European Treaty, 
| the anti-monopoly law that forced it to open some Windows server APIs and 
| also to live with others' media players on desktops, think again. Microsoft 
| is backing Platform Solutions (PSI) in an Article 82 action that could loosen 
| IBM's grip on the mainframe. If PSI is given the keys to every glass house in 
| Europe, Microsoft will be one of its principal guests. In fact, PSI could get 
| more from IBM than it wanted when it first announced mainframe-compatible 
| systems.Last November 27, PSI announced that it had raised more than $37 
| million in additional capital, and that one of the companies in the deal was 
| Microsoft. Other investors in PSI include Intel, Blueprint Ventures, Goldman 
| Sachs, InterWest Partners, and InvestCorp.          


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| "We've moved past the ideology," said Sutor, in Salt Lake City
| Thursday to attend graduation ceremonies at Neumont University."
| Many people have figured out that there are a number of ways tom
| ake money from the 'open source' model."
| [...]
| The litigation has been characterized as part of a proxy war being
|                                                    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| waged by Microsoft against Linux, seen as a prime challenger to
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Windows. Microsoft has been a prime funding source for SCO, but
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| earlier this month stunned open-sourcers by announcing a development
| pact for Novell's Suse-brand of Linux.


Enterprise Unix Roundup: EU vs. Microsoft vs. IBM  

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| Over on IT Jungle, I just read an interesting story about how Microsoft is 
| (by proxy) cleverly using the same law that was just smacked over its head 
| for Windows market dominance against IBM's mainframe base in Europe.  
| The story, by Hesh Wiener, is a fascinating look into the world of 
| litigation-as-business-strategy, and details the complaint filed by Platform 
| Solutions (PSI) against IBM for violating Article 82 of the European 
| Commission (EC) Treaty. The complaint was filed, according to a Dec. 18 
| Reuters story, way back on Oct. 19.     


Did Microsoft ruin SCO?

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| Which comes to the scenario in mind. Gates approaches McBride and puts forth 
| a proposition that SCO should try and make money out of Linux. He offers to 
| bankroll the operation in a backhanded manner and then steps back to watch 
| the action unfold. His reasoning for doing this? To have a test run before he 
| puts Microsoft through the same paces. Either way he wins.     


IBM Faces EU Antitrust Complaint by Mainframe Maker [friend of Microsoft]

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| International Business Machines Corp., the world's biggest computer-services 
| company, is accused in a European Union complaint filed by a 
| mainframe-computer maker of refusing to supply data needed for compatible 
| products.   


IBM upgrades z/VSE mainframe OS for wider ecommerce and Linux use

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| IBM has upgraded its z/VSE mainframe operating system to further support 
| ecommerce and widening Linux use. 


Big Iron lives on

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| These Linux-only processors are priced approximately 90 percent 
| lower than a processor utilised for a traditional mainframe workload.


Top 500 Supers: Moore's Law Is Alive and Well

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| There are two Windows-based clusters, and 42 machines that run a mix 
| of operating systems--and one of those operating systems in the mix is 
| always a Linux and the other is a variant of Unix. If you want to be
| fair, Linux is represented on 86 percent of the machines...


Linux drives a mainframe revival

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| Linux may not be everyone?s idea of a mainframe operating system,
| but for a growing number of large and medium-sized businesses
| the synergy between Linux and big iron is the solution to as
| ignificant problem.


Mainframe in comeback mode

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| We have over 1,300 independent software vendors who work with the
| Mainframe. We have 300 to 400 in the Linux arena. We have many
| business partners and some integrators too, that we work with.


IBM and Oracle Agreement Strengthens Mainframe Computing, IDC Says

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| IBM and Oracle announced this initiative to collaborate on the sales
| and marketing of a series of enterprise business solutions with 
| Oracle applications and technology for Linux on System z on
| October 24, 2006. It targets the business requirements of large
| and medium size enterprise customers and meets growing marketd
| emand, complementing a series of investments IBM and Oracle have
| made in support of Linux as an enterprise application platform.


Linux-on-Mainframe Apps Up 100%: IBM

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| IBM recently reported a 390% jump in mainframe sites running Linux.
| It says more than 60% of its mainframe revenue is now coming from
| new workloads, with approximately 20% of the revenue and 30% of the
| MIPS coming from Linux customers, which is what has the ISVs
| interested.


IBM touts mainframes to India

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| It wants large and mid-sized companies to consider running Linux
| virtual machines on a mainframe instead of stand-alone servers.
| It argues that not only does it bring operational efficiency -
| there's just one machine to house and manage - but it has
| performance advantages too, as a mainframe copes with demand
| spikes better than a rack-mount server


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