• August 12, 2020

Manage IMS performance spikes

“Why is it taking so much time?” is a common refrain among IMS administrators lately. The reason why things are taking longer is compounded because, while working from home, they don’t have access to what they were using before. Regardless, transaction volumes change for many reasons, including online sales, the need to access banking transactions […]

Introducing IBM Z MFA v2.1 and its z/VM support

Secure authentication to critical IT infrastructure is paramount. Multi factor authentication is a critical improvement over legacy userid and password technology. The introduction of the IBM Z Multi-Factor Authentication V2.1 product enables the IBM z/VM operating system to benefit from this security improvement.  With a larger remote workforce, it is paramount that all systems are […]

Password Security: Single Factor, 2FA and Multi-Factor Authentication

On May 7, IT and technology businesses around the world celebrated World Password Day, a day meant to remind everyone of the importance of keeping personal and business data protected and secure. Unfortunately, surveys released on that day revealed that the changing dynamics of work—that is, the increase of remote workers—are putting password security in […]

Adapting to the new normal: Remote work and the mainframe

Work from home has become an essential business proposition and it’s not just for today. It’s something that we’re going to live with for many years. As a result, we need to rethink how we’re connecting to the mainframe today. Accessing the mainframe First things first, a connection is necessary. Rocket BlueZone Web 3270 emulator. […]

Reducing Shadow IT Through Digital Transformation

All businesses today have a hybrid IT environment. They pay for collections of servers,  be they UNIX servers, Windows servers, cloud servers or mainframe servers. Other IT spending includes mobile,  desktop and end-user devices. In many cases, those budgets might be by server domain, so the mainframe budget is separate and independent of the rest […]

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 […]

MIrroring

Why mirroring alone falls short for adequate data protection

We held a very informative webinar recently on DASD backup and recovery for z/OS environments. One of the questions that came up was “why do I need your backup and recovery solution when I already mirror to another site?” This question is certainly not uncommon. Many of our account executives say that they run into […]

IBM Z13

Why I’m excited about the new IBM z13 mainframe

For decades I (and many other Rocketeers) have been extolling the virtues of mainframe computers, so it’s no secret that I think it is the single best technology for managing massive amounts of data for use in the cloud, mobile–and just about every other platform. That’s why I’m so excited about z13, IBM’s new powerhouse […]

IBM Destination z

Rocket mainframe news roundup

Rocketeers don’t just contribute here on the Rocket blog–they’re also busy writing on other sites as well. In case you missed them, here are a few mainframe-related pieces that our team has penned recently (Bryan Smith has been especially busy).  Have a read and let us know your thoughts on any (or all) of these […]

unstructured data illustration

What lessons are cloud computing companies learning from the mainframe world?

25 years ago I joined a company called Object Oriented Pty Ltd (now Object Consulting). At the time we were promoting Object Oriented technologies, which was at the bleeding edge of technology. As consultants, we went around telling people how this was going to revolutionize enterprise software (which it did) and how we were part […]