• 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: Enabling Db2 for z/OS Provisioning (PH00169)

Are you looking for a way for Db2 for z/OS to participate in your company’s DevOps processes? Have the requests for test object and data creation, and refreshes, in support of Agile sprints, increased as developers strive to meet business demands? The Cloning Tool stands ready to help. Sure, the IBM Db2 Cloning Tool can […]

People are asking “What is Db2 DevOps Experience for z/OS?”

This article was originally published on the IBM community blog and was written in collaboration with Patrick Bossman, an STSM for Db2 for z/OS at IBM, Paul McWilliams, an Information Developer for Db2 for z/OS at IBM, and Paul Bartak, Principle Solutions Advisor for Db2 Tools for z/OS at Rocket Software. IBM Db2 DevOps Experience […]

Using the CICS internal trace to profile and resolve application problems

IBM® CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS® continues to be mission critical for the global economy, processing billions of transactions per day to drive our world’s commerce and financial maze. Organizations are continually extending and evolving their CICS applications to meet the demands of a modern and competitive business. New development in Java, either distributed or […]

Modern Assembler Programming for z/OS

When I started at Rocket in 2003, I was migrating from a 20-year career as an MVS Systems Programmer who dabbled in writing assembler tools to a fully-fledged software engineer. At the time, the style of assembler that I used and the tools at my disposal were based on what had been in existence for […]

Anaconda

The Union of the Snake: z/OS meets Anaconda

It’s no secret that performing analytics where the data is created and lives is the best solution. That’s because analytics can be done natively on the mainframe rather than requiring users to export data, crunch the numbers, and then return them to the main system. But mainframes were originally built to be programmed in COBOL […]

Apache Spark

Apache Spark on IBM z/OS: Something New in Mainframe Analytics

For the last few years we’ve been talking with organizations that want to move their analytics closer to their data so that they can make faster, more accurate, decisions that help them become more efficient and profitable. Eliminating the time-consuming and costly process of copying data for analysis helps ensure that insights can be acted […]

MXI z/OS Capabilities

Rocket Software Expands Capability for z/OS System Monitoring with Rocket MXI Version 6.2

Rocket Software has enhanced and expanded its system monitoring capability for z/OS environments with Version 6.2 of Rocket Mainstar MXI for z/OS. Rocket MXI is a low cost, small footprint monitor that gives system programmers easy access to critical information about their active z/OS system.  It provides a comprehensive view of important information through web […]

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 […]

Rocket Software is Making z/OS More Open

“Twenty years ago, IBM introduced OpenEdition MVS, their first foray into “opening” the mainframe to a new community of developers. This release included the Shell and Utilities priced feature.  Production cost varied with the size of the mainframe. If you consider that only a handful of people might actually use this code when originally shipped, […]