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Server Time Protocol Planning Guide
z Systems

Redbooks, published 28 Jun 2013, last updated 12 Apr 2016

Server Time Protocol (STP) is a server-wide facility that is implemented in the Licensed Internal Code (LIC) of the IBM® zEnterprise Servers (zEC12, z196 and z114), System z10™ Enterprise Class (z10 EC), System z10 Business Class (z10 BC), IBM System z9® Enterprise Class (z9 EC), System z9 Business Class (z9 BC), and zSeries® z990 and z890 servers. It provides improved time synchronization in a sysplex or non-sysplex configuration. This IBM Redbooks® publication is intended for infrastructure architects and system programmers who need to understand the IBM STP functions. Readers are ... [more]


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An Introduction to z/VM Single System Image (SSI) and Live Guest Relocation (LGR)
z Systems

Redbooks, published 18 Apr 2012, last updated 31 Mar 2016

IBM® z/VM® 6.2 introduces significant changes to z/VM in the form of multi-system clustering technology allowing up to four z/VM instances in a single system image (SSI) cluster. This technology is important, because it offers clients an attractive alternative to vertical growth by adding new z/VM systems. In the past, this capability required duplicate efforts to install, maintain, and manage each system. With SSI, these duplicate efforts are reduced or eliminated. Support for live guest relocation (LGR) allows you to move Linux virtual servers without disruption to the business, helping ... [more]


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IBM Mainframe Bits: Understanding Architecture
z Systems

Redpaper, published 31 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication reviews the role of the architecture and how it forms part of the solution by meeting the needs that drive the requirements for computer systems. It also examines the architecture’s relationships with hardware and software, and offers considerations to help understand how these relationships work to ensure longevity and compatibility. This paper is the first in a new series of “Mainframe Bits” that are designed to provide you with succinct information about discrete topics that relate to IBM z Systems™ ... [more]


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Reduce Risk and Improve Security on IBM Mainframes: Volume 1 Architecture and Platform Security
z Systems

Redbooks, published 8 Dec 2014, last updated 22 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents the strength and value of the IBM security strategy with IBM System z® hardware and software. In an age of increasing security consciousness, IBM System z provides the capabilities to address the needs of today's business security challenges. This publication explores how System z hardware is designed to provide integrity, process isolation, and cryptographic capability to help address security requirements. This book highlights the features of IBM z/OS® and other operating systems, which offer various customizable security elements under the ... [more]


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IBM z/OS V2R2: ServerPac
z Systems

Redbooks, published 23 Feb 2016, last updated 2 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Serverpac area with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This publication includes the following chapters: - Chapter 1, “ServerPac” on page 1: Provides a summary of the z/OS V2R2 enhancements. - Chapter 2, “Order receive” on page 5: Describes the use of HTTPS to receive your order. - Chapter 3, “Creating a configuration” on page 9: Describes the affect of the SDSF zone change. - Chapter 4, “Variable Panel updates” on page 13: Describes setting up z/OSMF and the SMF option. - Chapter 5, ... [more]


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Introduction to the New Mainframe: IBM z/VSE Basics
z Systems

Redbooks, published 2 Mar 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication is based on the book Introduction to the New Mainframe: z/OS Basics, SG24-6366, which was produced by the International Technical Support Organization (ITSO), Poughkeepsie Center. It provides students of information systems technology with the background knowledge and skills necessary to begin using the basic facilities of a mainframe computer. For optimal learning, students are assumed to have successfully completed an introductory course in computer system concepts, such as computer organization and architecture, operating systems, data management, or data ... [more]


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Installing Linux for z Systems on zPDT: A Short Cookbook
z Systems

Redbooks, published 29 Feb 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes the basic installation processes of Linux for z Systems™ on an IBM zPDT® base. It is intended for readers who are not familiar with IBM z Systems or with the zPDT product. This book assume the reader is familiar with Linux on Intel-compatible platforms. This book provides basic introductions to necessary z Systems and zPDT topics, and proceeds in a cookbook manner. This book is not intended for readers who are already familiar with these ... [more]


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Removing Barriers Between Devs and Ops teams with IBM CICS Transaction Server
z Systems Software

Solution Guide, published 19 Feb 2016

To speed the release of new applications and updates, the IT industry is seeking to apply agile and lean principles to development and deployment. At the core of these principles is eliminating wasted work, breaking down artificial barriers between related functional teams, and adopting continuous release cycles that push improvements out to users faster than ever. In response to this effort, a new, more aggressive, and business-driven approach called DevOps has emerged. DevOps combines many traditional development and operations activities such that applications can be built, deployed, ... [more]


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LAD: z/OS SDSFAUX
z Systems

Redpaper, published 19 Feb 2016

This Learn Adopt Deploy (LAD) IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes the new SDSF functionality that is available through functionality program temporary fixes (PTFs). SDSFAUX is a new address space that enhances SDSF functionality to provide more system-related information to the user. This paper includes information to help you meet the following goals: - Learn about the new SDSF functionality. - Adopt the software into your environment. - Deploy and integrate SDSFAUX into your operational ... [more]


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Reduce Storage Occupancy and Increase Operations Efficiency with IBM zEnterprise Data Compression
z Systems

Redbooks, published 24 Feb 2015, last updated 17 Feb 2016

IBM® zEnterprise® Data Compression (zEDC) capability and the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe or PCI Express) hardware adapter called zEDC Express were announced in July 2013 as enhancements to the IBM z/OS® V2.1 operating system (OS) and the IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) and the IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12). zEDC is optimized for use with large sequential files, and uses an industry-standard compression library. zEDC can help to improve disk usage and optimize cross-platform exchange of data with minimal effect on processor usage. The first candidate for such compression was ... [more]


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IBM DS8884 and z13s: A new cost optimized solution
Disk storage

Redpaper, published 16 Feb 2016, last updated 16 Feb 2016

The IBM® zEnterprise® z13s server is the successor to the IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) and is the fifth member of the zEnterprise central processor complex (CPC) family. It combines nicely with the IBM DS8884 to provide a new entry point solution for enterprises of all sizes. This IBM Redpaper™ publication summarizes the key features of the z13s and the DS8884. It also reviews the synergy functions and key integration points between the z Systems™ and the DS8884 that provide a world-class high availability solution, delivering extraordinary ... [more]


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The Benefits of Co-location
z Systems Software

Point-of-View, published 16 Feb 2016

The volume of data being generated and transmitted by cloud-based technologies (such as mobile, analytics and social computing applications) is continuously growing. This dynamic puts increasing pressure on businesses and their IT organizations. Businesses and IT organizations must provide fast access to data across the web, application, and database tiers that comprise most enterprise workloads. Using new developments in z Systems internal local area network (LAN) and device technology, along with a new sockets-based direct memory move protocol, transactional response times can be optimized ... [more]


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IBM z/OS V2R1 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation Volume 4: Security and Policy-Based Networking
z Systems

Redbooks, published 17 Dec 2013, last updated 10 Feb 2016

For more than 40 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 z/OS V1R13 Communications Server TCP/IP Implementation: Volume 4 Security and Policy-Based Networking
z Systems

Redbooks, published 29 Mar 2012, last updated 10 Feb 2016

For more than 40 years, IBM® mainframes have supported an extraordinary portion of the world’s computing work, providing centralized corporate databases and mission-critical enterprise-wide applications. The 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 ... [more]


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Apache Spark for the Enterprise: Setting the Business Free
z Systems

Redpaper, published 9 Feb 2016, last updated 9 Feb 2016

Analytics is increasingly an integral part of day-to-day operations at today's leading businesses, and transformation is also occurring through huge growth in mobile and digital channels. Enterprise organizations are attempting to leverage analytics in new ways and transition existing analytics capabilities to respond with more flexibility while making the most efficient use of highly valuable data science skills. The recent growth and adoption of Apache Spark as an analytics framework and platform is very timely and helps meet these challenging demands. The Apache Spark environment on IBM ... [more]


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Creating IBM z/OS Cloud Services
z Systems

Redbooks, published 8 Feb 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication discusses the real world experience of an enterprise that developed and implemented IBM z/OS® cloud services. This book shares the experience of a team at Walmart Technology, Walmart Stores, Inc.® and some of the decisions they made to create business critical cloud services. These experiences and approaches relate to the z/OS platform, and might not apply to other hybrid cloud approaches. This book highlights the strengths and characteristics of z/OS that led the Walmart infrastructure and software engineers to use this platform as they transitioned from a ... [more]


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IBM z/OS V2R2: Diagnostics
z Systems

Redbooks, published 26 Jan 2016

This IBM® Redbooks® publication helps you to become familiar with the technical changes that were introduced into the Diagnostics area with IBM z/OS® V2R2. This book is one of a series of IBM Redbooks publications that take a modular approach to providing information about the updates that are included with z/OS V2R2. This approach has the following goals: - Provide modular content - Group the technical changes into a topic - Provide a more streamlined way of finding relevant information that is based on the topic We hope you find this approach useful, and we welcome your ... [more]


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The Virtualization Cookbook for z/VM 6.3, RHEL 6.4, and SLES 11 SP3: Preview
z Systems

Web Doc, published 5 Nov 2013, last updated 26 Jan 2016

The IBM® Redbooks® publication The Virtualization Cookbook for z/VM 6.3, RHEL 6.4, and SLES 11 SP3, SG24-8147 explains how to set up your own Linux virtual servers on IBM System z® hardware under IBM z/VM® by using step-by-step instructions. It adopts a cookbook format that provides a concise, repeatable set of procedures for installing and configuring z/VM in an LPAR and then installing and customizing Linux. In this Web Doc, we explain how the book is not just a cookbook of different recipes, but is a lesson about how to create a whole z/VM and Linux on System z dinner, from soup to ... [more]


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IBM CICS Performance Series: Web Services Performance in CICS TS V5.3
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 20 Jan 2016, last updated 21 Jan 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes a set of benchmarks comparing an IBM CICS® web services workload running in various configuration scenarios. This paper starts with an IBM CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) V5.2 benchmark running on an IBM zEnterprise® EC12 (zEC12), and shows the performance characteristics of that same workload running on a similarly configured IBM z13™ (z13). We then compare the same workload running on IBM CICS TS V5.3 and demonstrate the performance benefits of CICS TS V5.3 as compared with CICS TS V5.2 for various scenarios, including Secure Sockets Layer ... [more]


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IBM CICS Performance Series: CICS TS V5.3 Benchmark on IBM z13
z Systems Software

Redpaper, published 15 Jan 2016

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication documents the performance characteristic benchmarks of two high-transaction rate IBM CICS® Transaction Server for IBM z/OS® workloads:
- The first workload executes on a single IBM z13™ logical partition (LPAR) with 18 central processors (CPs) up to a rate of 174,000 CICS transactions per second.
- The second workload executes on a single z13 LPAR with 26 CPs up to a rate of 227,000 CICS transactions per second (TPS).
The motivation for the benchmark is to demonstrate some of the benefits of CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) V5.3, ... [more]


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