• November 27, 2020

Building Upon Zowe: How Rocket is Building Commercial Software for Zowe Users

This content was originally presented at the inaugural Open Mainframe Project Summit in September 2020. Over two years ago, Rocket Software joined forces with IBM and Broadcom/CA to create the Zowe project. Our goal? To build a z/OS framework for the modern age. As long-time mainframe users, we all wanted to come together to create […]

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 […]

Mainframes, Freight Trains and Education Pains

By David Robertson, guest blogger When I was in college, I had an instructor that, for all intents and purposes, was viewed as a relic. He was a throwback from a time where there wasn’t a computer that wasn’t made by Honeywell, IBM, or Amdahl. He regularly spoke of a time when IBM was ITR […]

IBM Db2 Cloning Tool: Previewing a New Face for a Powerful Product

IBM Db2 Cloning Tool high-level description The IBM Db2 Cloning Tool (Cloning Tool) moves Db2 for z/OS objects and data like an earthmover moves land, while performing some very precise and surgical checks and updates. If you are not familiar with the product, the highest-level descriptions would be to: Create clones of entire Db2 subsystems/data […]

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 […]

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 […]