IBM improves mainframe support for smaller firms

IBM has unveiled a set of operational and security-software products designed to make the System z mainframe platform easier to use for smaller firms.

IBM has unveiled a set of operational and security software products designed to make the System z mainframe platform easier to use for smaller firms.

IBM has also announced an online meeting place to enable the mainframe community to interact and quickly gain access to industry information and solutions.

The initiatives are part of IBM's ongoing five-year, £53m mainframe simplification investment to help SMEs run modern business applications on System z using in-house expertise.

Using technology from IBM's recent acquisition of Consul, IBM has announced the Tivoli zSecure V1.8.1 suite, with modular solutions designed to help administer mainframe security servers, monitor threats, audit usage and configurations, and enforce policy compliance. 

IBM has also introduced IBM Implementation Services for Parallel Sysplex, a new service product designed to help clients implement and optimise a clustered mainframe environment.

Parallel Sysplex enables an expanding infrastructure to be an effective, resilient foundation that can adapt to new technologies and support opportunities for growth, said Big Blue.

To help businesses adopt, manage and migrate to the mainframe, IBM has launched the IBM Destination z programme.

Initially, IBM Destination z provides an online meeting place for customers, systems integrators, IBM business partners, software vendors and academic institutions to interact and garner the latest mainframe solutions.

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