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Title: Linux on System z Update

Linux on System z Update
  • Khaylen Kingsley
  • Virtualization Specialist

IBM ISV Enablement Programs for Linux on System z
  • IBM has a number of programs that could assist
    ISVs with their enabling their solutions on Linux
    for System z.
  • Our main System z Linux ISV enablement portal is
    at http//
  • If the ISV's application currently runs on Linux
    on x86 architecture, it might be a prime
    candidate for our innovative "Chiphopper" program
    that combines technology, hardware access, and
    marketing for a complete enablement to Linux on
    System z and Linux on POWER, all in a no-fee
    offering to the ISV.
  • View http// for further
    details on this program. By far and way, if the
    ISV's application 'fits' Chiphopper, this is the
    fastest and easiest enablement method to bring it
    to the System z Linux platform.
  • A no-charge offering is the Linux Test Drive (30
    or 60 days if ISV's application is using IBM
    middleware) - view http//
    le/site/testdrive/zseries/ for the details.
  • For additional length or time, or more detailed
    configuration requirements that the Test Drive
    does not supply, the fee-based Remote Development
    Program is also available for Linux on System z
    as well - specific Linux information for that
    program is at http//
    /testdrive/zseries/feebased.html .
  • A Roadmap for Linux enablements is also located
    on the Roadmap page http//
    maps .

New Case Study Released Marist College
  • Marist College exploits z/VM in its
    mainframe-based environment. It enables extremely
    high utilization of computing resources,
    simplifies maintenance and management of over 600
    virtual servers, and increases utilization and
    capacity while reducing footprint.
  • http//
  • SolutionMarist College recently upgraded their
    IBM System z900 to an IBM System z9. The z9
    mainframe runs IBM z/OS as well as IBM z/VM,
    which enables high performance for the
    organization's hosted virtual servers, including
    Linux machines. Storage for the z9 is being
    transitioned to two IBM System Storage DS8100
    disk storage systems.

New Novell Case Study, Baldor SAP on Linux on
  • Baldor Electric Company, located in Fort Smith,
    Arkansas markets, designs, and manufactures
    industrial electric motors, power transmission
    products, drives, and generators. With an
    expanding data center and frequent system
    outages, Baldor Electric migrated to SUSE Linux
    Enterprise Server for System z to establish a
    more streamlined, highly available platform for
    its mission-critical SAP applications. The
    company consolidated its data center by 80
    percent and reduced downtime costs by hundreds of
    thousands of dollars. Read the
  • http//

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V3.1
5648-PEZ for System z at NO CHARGE.
  • Customers can place an order for IBM Systems
    Director Active Energy Manager V3.1 5648-PEZ for
    System z at no charge, do NOT select z/OS as the
    main operating system. Select either z/VM or
    Linux as the operating system. You can then order
    this as a stand alone product. Do not order it as
    part of a package
  • Energy control components built into the
    following IBM systems can be monitored and
    managed by AEM for Linux on System z, V3.1 as
  • IBM Power Systems family provides hardware
    support for the monitoring of energy use.
  • POWER6 processor-based systems provide hardware
    support for the management of energy use.
  • BladeCenter and System x provide hardware
    support for the monitoring and management of
    energy use.
  • IBM System z10 provides hardware support for the
    monitoring of energy use.
  • Intelligent Power Distribution (iPDUs) IBM C13
    DPI PDU and IBM C19 DPI PDU provide support
    for monitoring the energy use of storage devices
    (DS3000, DS4000, DS6000, and nSeries storage
    control units) as well as System i, System x,
    and System p servers when there is no native
    support available. The iPDU firmware version can
    be found at
  • AEM V3.1 application support is provided by the
    following System z product lines
  • System z10
  • System z9
  • zSeries 990
  • zSeries 890
  • zSeries 900
  • zSeries 800
  • Software requirements
  • AEM for Linux on System z requires IBM Director
    V5.20.2 and one of the following operating

Project Big Green 2.0 (ECM)
  • One year ago IBM created Project Big Green,
    committing 1 billion a year to green
    technologies to help companies with these
    challenges the System z10 EC, with its ability
    to dramatically reduce power consumption in the
    datacenter, is a powerful proof point. The recent
    new Green IT announcements demonstrate IBM's
    continuing leadership in this area, and provide a
    timely opportunity for us to consider the
    importance of the System z platform to this
  • Since our formal announcement in August of last
    year, we have received tremendous positive
    response from our clients, analysts and
    marketplace on IBM's public commitment to
    virtualize approximately 25 of our internal
    distributed infrastructure to the mainframe
    leveraging System z Linux.

WEBCAST High Availability Applications Using
Disk MirroringSpeakers Dr. Holger Smolinski,
IBM Boeblingen Susanne
Wintenberger, IBM Boeblingen
Michael Daubman, IBM STG Lab Services
  • Date June 25, 2008
  • Time 1100 AM Eastern Daylight Time (New York),
    1000 AM Central Daylight Time
  • Duration 75 minutes
  • Abstract RAID 1 mirrored disks are usually
    used to prevent you from data loss in case of a
    disastrous error in a storage controller.In this
    webcast we will show how even transient failures
    of storage controllers can cause application
    outages. We will present a solution which
    augments RAID1 to also ensure application
    availability.The solution available as an IBM
    Lab Based Service for RHEL Version 4 and 5 for
    System z provides
  • A SW disk mirroring solution (like RAID1)
    which does not block I/O on transient outages of
    storage devices.
  • Integration into the distribution to enables
    mirroring of root and swap file systems.
  • Ability to IPL/Boot with partially available
    disk configurations
  • Enhanced recovery support offering selective
    recovery for transient failures.
  • We will also discuss how customers using SUSE
    SLES 10 can solve the same problems.

z/OS and Linux for System z Selecting
the best SOA platform for youBroadcast date
July 9, 2008, 11 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time,
400 p.m. British Summer TimeDeveloped for IT
architects, integration architects, IT managers
and operations managersTechnical level
  • In this teleconference, well
  • Discuss why companies are consolidating their
    server farms and running new workloads on System
  • Explore methodologies to help you build an SOA
    infrastructure design on System z that meets your
  • Use customer examples to discuss SOA
    architectural patterns
  • Review some criteria for evaluation of the
    operating systems on System z
  • Outline how to make architecture decisions for
  • Speaker Bill Seubert, IBM System z I/T Architect
  • This teleconference will also be available for
    replay after the event.
  • Register now http//

Wildfire Workshops
  • The seven workshops offered are
  • WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Version
    6.1 - (WBSR6)
  • Security Workshop WebSphere Application Server
    for z/OS Version 6.1 -(WSW06)
  • Deploying WebSphere Centric Products on Linux
    for zSeries - (LINX6)
  • z/OS JAVA Exploiters and JAVA Batch Workshop -
  • WebSphere Process Server V6 for z/OS
    Implementation Workshop - (ZWPS6)
  • WebSphere Message Broker for z/OS Version 6
    Workshop - (WMB06)
  • A Practical Introduction to SOA/ESB on
    Mainframe System - (ZSOA2)

Wildfire Workshops cont
  • Dates Location Course Code
  • WBSR6
  • Chile RS July 2
  • Mexico Oct 21
  • Gaithersburg Nov 4
  • LINX6
  • Chicago Oct 28
  • TBD Nov 11
  • TBD Dec 9
  • ZWPS6
  • Chicago TBD
  • ZJAV1
  • NYC June 23
  • Sao Paulo Aug 13
  • ZSOA2
  • Sao Paulo Aug 20
  • Chile RS TBD
  • WMB06

Oracle Solutions Workshop for Linux on IBM
Mainframe Systems Available in the U.S. during
Second Half 2008
  • Oracle Solutions Workshop for Linux on IBM
    Mainframe Systems (LXOR6)
  • LXOR6
  • Brasilia, Brazil May 13 - 15
  • Glendale Aug 5 - 7
  • Chicago Aug 26 - 28
  • New York City Sept 23 - 25
  • Gaithersburg Oct 14 - 16
  • (The course description is located at the end of
    this announcement and can also be found at the
    following IBM Field Education website

Communication Controller for Linux on System z
(CCL)Installation and Configuration Workshop
  • Date September 16-19, 2008 (Gaithersburg, MD)
  • Location Gaithersburg 800 N. Frederick Ave.
    Room 1P-146
  • Duration 3.5 days (9AM Start 5PM End Last Day
    ends at 2PM)
  • Enrollment Contact Bette A Brody, 301-240-2614
  • Class Size 12 (3 students per team)
  • Objectives
  • This workshop is designed to give the student
    real hands-on experience of successfully
    installing and configuring CCL for many of the
    functions included in CCL V1.2.1. Students will
    learn how to planfor the deployment of CCL on
    System z. They will verify the Linux environment
    required for CCL, after which they will install
    CCL on Linux for System z. The students will make
    the NCP and VTAM changes which are sometimes
    required for a CCL implementation andwill learn
    to operate an NCP in CCL when VTAM is attached
    both via a LAN and via a Channel to the NCP in
    CCL. They will analyze the CCL/NCP environment by
    monitoring CCL with the MOSS console function and
    with VTAM, by working with NLDM and NTuneMon, and
    by reviewing logs and Linux system output.
  • Audience Customers who need to provide technical
    support for CCL, IBMers, Business Partners.
  • Workshop Fee No charge.
  • Expenses All travel, hotel and living expenses
    are to be paid by the
  • attendee.