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A Practical Guide to ICF Catalogs
z Systems Software

Redbooks, published 17 Oct 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication gives a broad understanding of integrated catalog facility (ICF) catalog environments. It includes suggestions for design, planning, and deployment tasks to help you create and maintain a balanced and efficient catalog environment. Four scenarios are provided to illustrate sample implementations of typical activities that are associated with an organization’s requirements. Chapter 5, “Record-level sharing support for ICF catalogs” describes Record Level Sharing (RLS) for Catalogs and shows the results of our tests in a controlled laboratory environment. ... [more]


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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about IDCAMS But Were Afraid to Ask
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 5 Oct 2016, last updated 7 Oct 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is different from others you have read because it was not written in the conventional way with a residency and a handful of authors. It was written by people who want to make a difference. The IBM Redbooks® organization and SHARE teamed up to give all of the attendees at the SHARE 2016 conference that was held in Atlanta, US, July 31 - August 5 the opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas about the latest IDCAMS capabilities. Attendees were invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas. Many discussions arose on the subject and related techniques. ... [more]


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IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS: An Introduction
z Systems

Redpaper, published 3 Oct 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication introduces you to IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS®. The paper was written to coincide with the announcement of IBM Cloud Provisioning and Management for z/OS and the software is not yet generally available (GA) at the time of this writing. As such, any examples that are shown are subject to change at any time before the software is GA. The goal of this paper is to provide you with an initial overview and more information to support the announcement. You might be new to clouds, or heard of many different variations of what a cloud might be. ... [more]


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The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 4: Ubuntu Server 16.04
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 23 Sep 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is Volume 4 of a series of books entitled The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems. The other volumes in the series are:
- The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 1: IBM z/VM 6.3, SG24-8147
- The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Servers, SG24-8303
- The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SG24-8890
It is advised that you start with Volume 1 of this series, because the IBM z/VM® Hypervisor is the foundation for ... [more]


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Managing Digital Certificates across the Enterprise
z Systems

Redbooks, published 11 Feb 2016, last updated 22 Sep 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is the first in a series of five books that relate to the implementation and management of digital certificates that are based on a public key infrastructure. Digital certificates play a major role in the protection of data communications and their use continues to grow. This Redbooks publication includes the following chapters: - Chapter 1, “Digital certificates overview” on page 1 provides an overview of digital certificates. It describes their purpose, gives a high-level overview of how they are created and their relationship to keys and encryption, and ... [more]


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IBM z/OS V2R2 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation: Volume 2 Standard Applications
z Systems

Redbooks, published 21 Sep 2016

For more than 50 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world's computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. IBM System z®, the latest generation of the IBM distinguished family of mainframe systems, has come a long way from its IBM System/360 heritage. Likewise, its IBM z/OS® operating system is far superior to its predecessors in providing, among many other capabilities, world-class and state-of-the-art support for the TCP/IP Internet Protocol suite. TCP/IP is a large and evolving collection of ... [more]


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IBM System z Personal Development Tool Messages and Codes
z Systems

Redbooks, published 29 Aug 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides all the messages that are associated with IBM System z® Personal Development Tool (IBM zPDT®) operation in a single reference source. This edition is intended for zPDT Version 1 Release 6 (commonly known as GA6), but should be useful for all zPDT releases.


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Save Time and Lower Costs with IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS
IT Service Management

Point-of-View, published 18 Aug 2016

Today, information technology (IT) managers and their teams must deal with a more complex environment due to the continuing growth of data, and of requests from mobile and sensory devices that need to interact with the enterprise. IT managers must make choices about how to best prepare for the future to meet these service-driven demands. They must become proactive and agile, while getting the most out of their team’s skills and experience. Changes are happening in record time, forcing IT managers to create strategies to anticipate and address key challenges. IBM® Service Management Suite ... [more]


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IBM z/OS Continuous Delivery
z Systems

Redpaper, published 18 Mar 2016, last updated 17 Aug 2016

Consumer expectations rose with the advent of the digital age, and are likely to continue to rise as technologies continue their advancement. The adoption of agile methods and new approaches to delivering business applications that use the new technologies, such as mobile, cloud, and real-time analytics, present demands on IBM® z/OS® and related areas, such as IBM DB2® and IBM CICS®. Each area changed its approach and provides new functionality regularly to meet the demands. How z/OS, CICS, and DB2 provide continuous delivery differs because of the unique role each plays. This IBM Redpaper™ ... [more]


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Apache Spark Implementation on IBM z/OS
Analytics

Redbooks, published 13 Aug 2016

The term big data refers to extremely large sets of data that are analyzed to reveal insights, such as patterns, trends, and associations. The algorithms that analyze this data to provide these insights must extract value from a wide range of data sources, including business data and live, streaming, social media data. However, the real value of these insights comes from their timeliness. Rapid delivery of insights enables anyone (not only data scientists) to make effective decisions, applying deep intelligence to every enterprise application. Apache Spark is an integrated ... [more]


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Enabling Real-time Analytics on IBM z Systems Platform
Analytics

Redbooks, published 8 Aug 2016

Regarding online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads, IBM® z Systems™ platform, with IBM DB2®, data sharing, Workload Manager (WLM), geoplex, and other high-end features, is the widely acknowledged leader. Most customers now integrate business analytics with OLTP by running, for example, scoring functions from transactional context for real-time analytics or by applying machine-learning algorithms on enterprise data that is kept on the mainframe. As a result, IBM adds investment so clients can keep the complete lifecycle for data analysis, modeling, and scoring on z Systems control in a ... [more]


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Synchronizing IBM RACF Data by using IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator
z Systems

Redpaper, published 16 May 2013, last updated 25 Jul 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides an example of a solution to synchronize an IBM RACF® user ID, password, and password phrase data between IBM z/OS® and IBM z/VM® systems, or just between z/VM systems. Topics that are covered are the installation and customization of IBM Tivoli® Directory Integrator, IBM Tivoli Directory Server, and RACF. Using this basic infrastructure, a sample Tivoli Directory Integrator configuration is presented, which allows for a flexible and extensible means for synchronizing RACF ... [more]


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IBM z Systems: The Heart of the Mobile and API Economy
Mobile

Point-of-View, published 15 Jul 2016

Digital channels are the primary way to start consumer and business engagements by providing accessibility to a global audience and a cost-effective means to conduct business. In recent years, mobile devices became the preferred way in which consumers, business partners, and employees interact with companies and each other. The of mobile users sets the expectation that information is at their fingertips whenever they require it. Increasingly, this information must be the right information, delivered in context, and almost certainly drawn from multiple sources to enhance the mobile user’s ... [more]


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Getting Started with KVM for IBM z Systems
z Systems

Redbooks, published 5 Jul 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication gives a broad explanation of the kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) for IBM z Systems™ (KVM for IBM z Systems) and how it uses the architecture of IBM z Systems platforms. It focuses on the planning of the environment and provides installation and configuration definitions that are necessary to build and manage KVM for IBM z Systems. This publication is useful to IT architects and system administrators who plan for and install KVM for IBM z Systems. The reader is expected to have a good understanding of IBM z Systems hardware, KVM for IBM z Systems, Linux on ... [more]


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DFSMS: Extended Address Volume
z Systems

Redpaper, published 5 Jul 2016

The rapid growth of big data and the storage of all that data is creating a critical problem for many organizations with IBM® z Systems™ environments. This situation occurs because the data that is stored is using all of the addressable device storage that is available. This IBM Redpaper™ publication describes how extended addressable volume (EAV) for IBM 3390 Direct Access Storage Device (DASD) devices can solve the lack of addressable device storage space problem. The paper also describes the design points of EAV, the value of implementing EAV, and the use of ... [more]


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The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 1: IBM z/VM 6.3
z Systems

Redbooks, published 7 Aug 2015, last updated 27 Jun 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is the first volume of a series of three books called The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems. The other two volumes relate to Red Hat and SUSE:
- The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.1, SG24-8303
- The Virtualization Cookbook for IBM z Systems Volume 3: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SG24-8890
It is recommended that you start with Volume 1 of this series because IBM z/VM® is the base “layer” when you install Linux on z Systems. Volume 1 starts with an introduction, ... [more]


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DFSMS: From Storage Tears to Storage Tiers
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 6 Jun 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes how class transitions differ from the classic migration processes and how they can influence application performance levels. Performance is focused on the following goals:
- Reduce the number of I/Os required to manage the storage
- Optimize data locations to the appropriate device type during its lifecycle
This paper applies to the IBM z/OS® V2.2 level.


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IBM Mainframe Bits: Understanding the Platform Hardware
z Systems

Redpaper, published 25 May 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the hardware components and three high-level scenarios of how the IBM z Systems™ platform is used within organizations. The components and the configurations are designed and built to conform to the z/Architecture.


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Building an Enterprise API Strategy
z Systems

Point-of-View, published 20 May 2016

A new business opportunity requires research to weigh risk and reward, and understand the time frame for return on that opportunity. When you, as the decision-maker, decide to act, liquidity is important. If capital is tied up in other investments, the ability to pursue a new one is lost. There is untapped value in your IBM® z/OS® assets. APIs are the way to extract and grow that value:
- APIs provide access to systems and data on z/OS that otherwise require specialized knowledge and skills to reach.
- Interfaces based on REST and JSON are highly consumable, providing near ... [more]


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LAD: z/OS SDSF SYM and ENQ Options
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 28 Apr 2016, last updated 18 May 2016

The IBM z/OS® continuous delivery program introduces new functionality through the small programming enhancements (SPEs) for SDSF users to display system symbols and enqueue information. The SPE is delivered through functional program temporary fixes (PTFs). This Learn Adopt Deploy (LAD) IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the new SYM and ENQ options that appear on the SDSF Primary Menu. The new tabular panels that display system symbols and enqueues in the sysplex are shown. This Redpaper publication also includes information to help you meet the following goals:
- Learn about ... [more]


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