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Ten Years On the Mainframe!


Mainframes are about 40 years old. And as you probably know, several years ago mainframes were written off as expensive, dated computers that were capable of running only large business applications. Mainframe go south, many said. Not anymore – thanks to Linux!

Linux on mainframes has evolved rapidly during the past 10 years – yes – 2010 is the 10th anniversary of Linux on the mainframe. The more, there has been shifting of dynamics with the System z10. IBM has done an excellent job with the price/performance ratio, and many companies that have gone through a cost per transaction analysis have determined that the z10 can process their transactions at half the cost of a distributed environment. And the new IBM System z Solution Edition for Enterprise Linux and the Enterprise Linux Server is an additional catalyst for bringing new workloads to Linux on the mainframe.

Today, in general we see many companies taking a critical look at their existing and new workloads, and asking hard business questions to determine the best platform. These companies are recognizing they need outstanding RAS to manage their mission-critical workloads, and the mainframe uniquely fulfills this business requirement. And these companies are realizing that investing in a first move turns back in consequence – even more if they run Linux on their mainframes.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z has been available since the very start of Linux on the mainframe – yes – 2010 it has its 10th anniversary, too. If you want to hear from happy customers running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z on their mainframes why and how they do so, and learn more from our experts, you should consider to drop over at one of the upcoming conferences for System z.

SHARE in Seattle

March 14-18 2010, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Washington

Recommended sessions:

  • Linux System Management for the Mainframe System Programmer – Part 1&2 (Mark Post, Novell), Mar 15 1:30-4:00 PM Room 608
  • Using Logical Volume Manager (LVM) to Reduce the Hassle Managing Disk Space on Linux (Mark Post, Novell), Tue Mar 16 9:30-10:30 AM Room 609
  • Linux Installation Planning (Mark Post, Novell), Mar 16 3:00-4:00 PM, Room 609
  • What’s New with SLES 11 on System z (Mark Post, Novell), Mar 18 9:30-10:30AM, Room 609
  • Linux on System z at Wells Fargo: Penguins Board the Stagecoach (Marcy Cortes, Wells Fargo Bank), Mar 17 1:30-2:30 PM, Room 611
  • Success with Linux on System z at Nationwide – Lessons Learned (Jim Vincent, Nationwide Insurance), Mar 17 3:00-4:00PM, Room 611
  • Linux Servers on System z: Benefits and Features of Virtualization in the Enterprise Data Center (Rick Barlow, Nationwide Insurance), Mar 17 4:30-5:30PM, Room 611

For more information, see

Novell BrainShare Salt Lake City

March 22-25 2010, Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah

  • ELS208 German Pension Fund Goes Linux: Legacy Application Migration to z/Linux with Minimal Risk (Falk-Oliver Bischoff, German Pension Fund/Florian Delonge, Clerity/Olaf Senger, IBM), Mar 22 11:30AM, Room 150 D/E
  • ELS206 Hands-on Workshop: Install SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM System z (Richard Lewis, IBM), Mar 23 9AM-1PM and Mar 25 9AM-1PM, Room 255B
  • ELS310 What’s New with Linux on System z (Richard Lewis, IBM/Ihno Krumreich, Novell), Mar 24, Room 251 F

For more information, see: http://www.novell.com/brainshare/

WAVV – World Alliance of VSE VM Linux

April 9-13, 2010 Covington, Kentucky, Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center

  • Linux Installation Planning (Mark Post, Novell), Apr 10 3:00PM
  • Using Logical Volume Manager (Mark Post, Novell), Apr 12 11:45AM
  • What’s new with SLES 11 on System z (Mark Post, Novell), Apr 12 4:15PM

For more information, see: http://www.wavv.org/

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Meike ChabowskiMeike Chabowski works as Documentation Strategist at SUSE. Before joining the SUSE Documentation team, she was Product Marketing Manager for Enterprise Linux Servers at SUSE, with a focus on Linux for Mainframes, Linux in Retail, and High Performance Computing. Prior to joining SUSE more than 20 years ago, Meike held marketing positions with several IT companies like defacto and Siemens, and was working as Assistant Professor for Mass Media. Meike holds a Master of Arts in Science of Mass Media and Theatre, as well as a Master of Arts in Education from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg/ Germany, and in Italian Literature and Language from University of Parma/Italy.