• April 9, 2020

Rethinking the role of the IBM Z during the COVID-19 quarantine

The COVID-19 quarantine is changing a lot of our lives, including working from home 100% of the time. This makes it a great time to revisit how your business is using its IBM Z. There are some terrific capabilities that can dramatically improve your business’ responsiveness to problems. These include reacting to spikes in business […]

Db2 Cloning Tool: Enhanced App Cloning Index Processing (PI99726)

If you perform Application (Tablespace) Cloning with the Cloning Tool, chances are that you will experience a free performance boost after applying APAR PI99726 (PTF UI57180). It is likely that indexes are included in your cloning LISTDEF definition or via the COPY parameter, ALWAYS-COPY-INDEXSPACES. With this enhancement, the Cloning Tool Source job will be able […]

Db2 Cloning Tool: What is Skeleton Cloning?

Unless you’ve seen a presentation on the Cloning Tool, you may not be aware of support for something called Skeleton Cloning. The only references to “skeleton” in the user guide are in the context of ISPF, and there’s no mention of it in the panels or profiles.  Skeleton Cloning is a subset of Subsystem Cloning, […]

Inspiring the Next Generation of Rocketeers

Like many people, the end of the year is always a time where I find myself reflecting on the past year’s successes and looking ahead in anticipation of the goals we’ll achieve. While I’ve talked about Rocket’s exciting next chapter and have often discussed our vision internally, I recently had the opportunity to share our […]

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Five things from yesteryear that have still “got it”

Nostalgia, or “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past,” is a common occurrence in adulthood and has never been as visible as it is today. Think about hipster-culture—bringing back old game consoles like the Nintendo 64, and shunning Spotify in favor of vinyl (it just sounds better). While initially, users […]

IBM Z and Hybrid Cloud: The Best of Both Worlds

It’s impossible to say what the biggest change in computing has been over the last decade, but certainly one of the most significant shifts has been the adoption of the cloud. For the first time, organizations have freedom of choice to deploy applications and data virtually anywhere in the world, giving them unprecedented flexibility in […]

Open Sesame!

It’s not exactly news to anyone that Rocket loves the IBM mainframe. Same goes for me. I started my career working on mainframe computers, and for nearly three decades I’ve run Rocket with the goal of solving hard, technical problems for IBM mainframe customers. I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but in […]

The Mainframe is Now Open

Today is a big day. Not just for Rocket, but for everyone in the global mainframe community. A few hours ago we announced the launch of Zowe (pronounced ZOH-ee), the first-ever open community for z/OS. This is a joint effort between three major players in the mainframe space – IBM, CA and Rocket – as […]

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Thoughts from SHARE Sacramento 2018: Bringing the Mainframe to the Millennials

On Tuesday, I gave a talk at SHARE that was designed to spur conversation. The topic was Millennials and Generation Z. Specifically, how to find and train them. Typically, the conversation that this creates comes in the form of Q&A with the audience. Plenty of people share their own experiences, point out their assumptions, and […]

Live from SHARE 2018 Sacramento: IMS Administration Tool, the Cockpit for the Modern IMS DBA

This week I had the pleasure of attending the SHARE Sacramento conference, speaking with customers and business partners, and presenting on a topic I am very passionate about, IMS and the new IBM IMS Administration Tool V1.1. In my mind this product is so significant because it represents IBM and Rocket’s continued commitment to innovation […]