I don't understand why IBM is so insistent that the two new LinuxONE mainframes are "the first Linux-only" machines. The first z890 model was a Linux-only system, and customers have been able to order IFL-only machines for quite a while.
My other problem with this set of announcements is the insistence on referring to "8,000 virtual machines" without mentioning that this is possible with only one of the hypervisors they list: z/VM.
Then, they show a list of open source packages that are "now available" for mainframe Linux that have been available for quite some time: Postgresql, MariaDB.
Finally, I hope they do a better job of figuring out the "metered" licensing costs. I would really hate to see Linux users jumping through the same sort of hoops and contorting themselves the way I see a lot of z/OS shops do to keep software costs under control.
Cool! Thanks for the "shout out" too. I remember working on it in late 1999, wondering what the heck we were doing when there was this scary Y2K that we had to worry about. Little did we know then, how things would turn out. Y2K was a bust, and Linux took off like crazy.
At SHARE, we typically have two keynote sessions per conference. The one on Tuesday has been security related for a while now. The video of the one by Phil Young, from SHARE 124 in Seattle has been posted to YouTube now. Titled "How to Embrace Hacker Culture For z/OS" I thought it was very good and hopefully something of a wakeup call for mainframe systems programmers that think no one is interested in trying to crack their systems.
KVM represents the second fully supported hypervisor for the mainframe. Each offers unique capabilities and operational/performance characteristics. Do your research before deciding on which one best fits your needs.
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