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Running servers and containers on IBM System z in a virtualized environment

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By deploying Linux on IBM z Systems, your business can significantly reduce operating costs* and have the reliability and security you need to run your critical workloads:

• Save by reducing the quantity of software licenses
• Cut costs by reducing systems management overhead
• Lower environmental costs, such as floorspace and energy
• Support tens of thousands of Docker containers

Interested in a Proof of Technology (PoT)? Want to know how you can determine your TCO?

*Compared to x86 server farms running the same workload

Infinidat Review: Advanced Function Storage for Data Intensive Workloads at a Commodity Price

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Steve Adil, Storage Solutions Consultant, reviews Infinidat enterprise storage with its All-Flash array performance, 7 nine’s availability and cloud independence.

Improve Storage Efficiency with Copy Data Management

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Today’s data center, on average, has a 10x data inflation of Primary Storage due to Backup, Disaster Recovery, Data Protection, Dev/Test, Analytics and related data sprawl.

Copy Data Management (CDM) solves these business challenges. Learn about CDM and how you can get started to improve storage efficiency and meet business needs.

Get Business Insights Cheaper and Faster with IBM High Performance Computing powered by Nvidia

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New workloads such as Machine Learning (Artificial Intelligence) and Analytics are delivering business insight to fuel growth, but data centers must have the compute power to process the magnitude of information.

IBM teamed up with Nvidia to deliver a High Performance Computing, POWER9 server platform assisted by Nvidia GPUs that reduced a 7 day job to 11 minutes.

Build a business case for Linux on IBM z Systems

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Manage your operation smarter, better and more cost effectively by deploying Linux on IBM z Systems mainframe. Not only can you reduce costs*, but you will benefit from:

  • Blockchain to enhance security, traceability and speed
  • Support tens of thousands of Docker containers
  • Improve Reliability, Availability, Scalability and Performance

Get started on building your business case for Linux on IBM z Systems today.

*Compared to x86 server farms running the same workload

IBM DRAID Explained and Best Practices

IBM Distributed RAID (DRAID) improves RAID performance and availability compared to Traditional RAID (TRAID).

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So why is this important? With today’s larger storage drives, minimizing rebuild time is critical, to avoid a double-drive failure and possible data loss.

Laura Tuller, Mainline System Engineer, explains:

 

  • DRAID5 and DRAID6
  • How to use DRAID in an installed TRAID environment
  • How to use DRAID in a new storage environment
  • Best practices

Fast, Efficient, Secure – Backup and Recovery with Dell EMC Data Domain

When it comes to Backup and Recovery, speed, efficiency, security and reliability are key to your business.

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Many datacenters are still using tape backup – some not even encrypted – leaving the business struggling with lengthy RTO, unattractive RPO and security risks.

Jennifer Miles, Mainline Systems Engineer, explains how the Data Domain systems provide fast access to backup data, encryption of data at rest, deduplication, and fast restore and recovery.

 

  • High-Speed Deduplication
  • Seamless Integration
  • Network-Efficient Replication
  • Safety and Reliability

High Availability a management nightmare?

IBM Hyperswap makes zero downtime a whole lot easier.

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Laura Tuller, Mainline Systems Engineer, explains the management issue of high availability and the benefits of IBM Hyperswap, a function of the IBM Storwize family.

Using the best of replication technologies – the non-disruptive volume move and remote copy features of IBM Metro Mirror, IBM Global Mirror and IBM Global Mirror with Change volumes – HyperSwap is the next phase of high availability.

 

  • Application aware – say goodbye to scripting
  • Maintains full independent copies at both sites
  • Volumes are visible as a single object across both sites

Consolidate with IBM Spectrum Scale

Too many file servers and NAS making your head spin?

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Most businesses have many, many file servers and NAS systems. They are hard to manage, keep current, and data is constantly being misplaced or misidentified.

Stephen Ulmer, Mainline Enterprise Architect, explains how IBM Spectrum Scale can be used to consolidate all file and object storage in an enterprise. Using the built-in support for rich policies, data can be moved to the most effective storage type, including tape or cloud.

 

  • Reduce storage costs
  • Improve security and management efficiency
  • Increase performance

Got Silos of IBMi data?

Break that barrier with Global Deduplication

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Capacity limitations on backup appliances or VTLs left many companies with silos of IBMi data that are inefficient, management intensive, and costly. IBM ProtecTIER provides global deduplication, as well as fast access to data.

Jennifer Miles, Mainline Systems Engineer, explains the silo issue and the benefits of the ProtectTIER solution.

 

  • Gain storage efficiency through deduplication
  • Cost savings
  • Faster Access to backup data
  • Easier management of backup appliance
  • Store 30+PB of data with 15:1 dedup ratio

Drive Cost of Computing Down with CAPI Technology on IBM Power8

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When was the last time someone said that performance didn’t matter? Today’s enterprises need to reduce computing cost, but improve performance in order to gain a competitive edge.

Ron Gordon, Mainline Director of Power Systems and IBM Power Champion, discusses IBM POWER8 CAPI technology for a wide range of application needs.

 

  • Higher performance
  • Increased throughput
  • Lower cost

System i Backups taking too long?

Get done in a flash with IBM Flash Copy Toolkit

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Full system saves in an IBM System i environment is challenging for 24×7 operations. Several hours of downtime is just not an option.

David Harlow, Mainline Services Architect, discusses how the IBM Full System Flash Copy Toolkit from IBM Lab Services allows System i customers to take full system saves with zero downtime, maintaining business critical 24×7 availability.

 

  • Full system saves with no downtime
  • Maintain 24×7 availability
  • Reduce risk

Turbocharge the Agile Development process with Actifio

Creating copies of a production environment is complex, slow and expensive.

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The fastest (and most expensive) way to create and use copies is through the array snapshot technologies. Other forms are data backups that can be restored as usable copies, replication and niche software solutions.

Steve Adil, Mainline Storage Architect, explains how Actifio transforms Agile Development by using a simple SLA process to create, maintain and use data copies.

 

  • Reduces time to create and use data copies
  • Uses a simple SLA process
  • Can reduce the amount of capacity used for data copies by 80% or more
  • Most flexible technology in the market

QuickCasts:

Migration to IBM Integrated Analytics System (IIAS)

Combining Netezza technology with the IBM Db2 engine and a common SQL engine, the IBM Integrated Analytics System (IIAS) offers advancements above a traditional data warehouse. Delivering easy to manage, high performance analytics, the IIAS is cloud-ready with scalable deployment. With its container based architecture, the IIAS encompasses more than just data base constructs.

To take advantage of the extended capabilities the following must be considered during the migration process:

  • Agile Analytics
  • Hybrid Data Management
  • Data Streaming

Quickcast Duration: 9:00 Minutes

Recording Date: June, 2018

IBM Power9 Scale Out Servers

Servers that enable enterprise-class AI innovation

Meet IBM’s new Power9 Server family, designed for high-performance and scale. Built with state-of-the-art technology including NVIDIA NVLink, PCIe Gen4, and OpenCAPI.

Spend 8 minutes with Ron Gordon as he describes how Power9 systems help you unleash business insights on:

  • Linux
  • AIX/IBM i
  • SAP HANA

Quickcast Duration: 8:00 Minutes

Recording Date: March, 2018

IBM POWER 8 for SAP HANA

Enabling Mission Critical Analytics

SAP HANA stores data in memory to deliver real-time or near-real-time transactions and analytics for mission critical applications. IBM POWER 8 systems running Linux deliver a highly available, enterprise strength, flexible system to serve and manage your SAP HANA databases.

Watch this Quickcast from Ron Gordon to learn how POWER 8 systems deliver:

  • Mission critical platform for SAP HANA
  • High Performance
  • Flexibility with Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI)
  • Lower TCO than appliance-based solutions

Quickcast Duration: 6:31 Minutes

Recording Date: Oct 2017

Learning with Lattes

RED HAT VIRTUALIZATION

Time for another look

Red Hat products and services are secure, open, and trusted by more than 90% of the Fortune Global 500.

With low TCO, quick ROI and the security you need, it’s time to take another look at Red Hat Virtualization.

Quickcast Duration: 4:00 Minutes

Red Hat Virtulization is:

  • Open
  • Enterprise Ready
  • High Performance
  • Security
  • Cross Platform
  • Affordable

Recording Date: November 2016

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VMware Workspace ONE

Any Device…Any Application

End Users expect to bring their own device (BYOD) and have access to applications on demand.
How do you meet these challenges in today’s fast paced business climate?

Quickcast Duration: 4:20 Minutes

Tune into this QuickCast to hear from Ryan Hagen on how VMware Workspace ONE delivers:

  • Mobile SSO
  • Any app / Any device
  • Conditional Access – Smart Security
  • Secure Messaging and Content

Recording Date: November 2016

Discover IBM OpenPOWER LC servers

Servers born to run data intensive analytic workloads

OpenPOWER servers are different by design – engineered for seamless datacenter and cloud integration while achieving new insights from your data faster through acceleration.

Quickcast Duration: 6:00 Minutes

In this QuickCast Ron Gordon, Mainline Director of Power Systems, reviews the LC servers which enable businesses to:

  • Solve data-intensive business challenges
  • Drive datacenter efficiency
  • Speed up innovation

Recording Date: October 2016

For SMB, Disaster Recovery Does Not Equal Business Continuity

So you’re a Small/Medium Business and you have a Disaster Recovery Plan. You’ve documented, you’ve tested, and you’ve trained your IT staff.

All is good, right? Wrong!

Quickcast Duration: 5:48 Minutes

Tune into this QuickCast as Chris Minnis, Mainline Enterprise Architect, discusses Business Continuity Planning, and why it’s critical for your business operation.

Learn why just having a DR plan is not necessarily enough.

Recording Date: May 2016

Does VSAN = Hyper-Convergence?

In today’s data center environment, we can virtualize CPU,
Memory, Networking and Storage.

Some would argue that hyper-converged solutions need to have all of these resources built on a single appliance, from a single vendor.

Quickcast Duration: 5:00 Minutes

This QuickCast explores VSAN in comparison to a hyper-converged solution. Are the two really equal?

Presented by: Chris Minnis, Solution Architect

Recording Date: April 2016

Is VDI Dead?

Employees work differently today – many are mobile, many are contractors or consultants, many applications are web-based, some are legacy.

Quickcast Duration: 6:00 Minutes

Tune into this QuickCast to hear from Chris Minnis,
Solution Architect, as he discusses:

– Device Management – BYOD, EOIT, Corporate Asset
– Application Management – SaaS, RYO, Off the Shelf
– End User Computing Policy

Recording Date: April 2016

Cisco HyperFlex

The hyper-converged solution we didn’t know we were waiting for?

Cisco HyperFlex is different. Really? Yes.

Quickcast Duration: 7:00 Minutes

With flexible scaling, continuous data optimization, and support for emerging applications, HyperFlex is a complete hyper-convergence system unifying Cisco’s fabric network and compute technology with a next generation data platform.

Presenter: Chris Minnis, Solution Architect

Recording Date: April 2016

IBM AIX 7.2 Announcement & AIX Roadmap

View this QuickCast for a brief overview of the IBM AIX 7.2 announcements and a look at the AIX roadmap.

Quickcast Duration: 9:41 Minutes

Ron Gordon, Mainline Director of Power Systems,
addresses the following topics:

– Next Generation Live Update
– Server-based flash caching
– LVM Mirroring to flash
– POWER7 and POWER8 support

Recording Date: March 2016

Recorded Webcasts:

Introducing the new IBM z14 Model ZR1, designed for the data-centric cloud ecosystem

The z14 Model ZR1 delivers high reliability capabilities in a smaller, industry-standard frame, with a lower cost of entry, that can easily partner with other platforms in a cloud data center.

Learn about this new innovation in mainframe servers and how it will enhance your enterprise applications.

Special Guest Speaker David Klein, North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., will share his experience with the ZR1 IBM Early Support Program and the business benefits achieved.

The Changing Database Landscape. Don’t be Left Behind.

“By 2018, more than 70% of new in-house applications will be developed on an OSDBMS, commercial RDBMS instances will have been converted or will be in process..” – Gartner

Why is this happening?

  • Because cost matters. Data growth is exploding so price is more important than ever.
  • Modern solutions need higher performing data bases that RDBMS cannot meet.
  • OSDBMS have matured into cost effective, practical alternatives to proprietary solutions, giving CIOs the confidence they need to make the change.

Do you have a plan?
Which OSDBMS is right for your organization? How will you make this change to give your business the competitive advantage it needs?

Optimize Your Infrastructure With the New Features of IBM Power

 

Are you fully aware of the latest information regarding IBM Power Systems? IBM made many important announcements recently at its Edge 2016 event in Las Vegas. These announcements can make a significant, positive impact on your company and its IT direction.

Recorded November 9th by Power Champion, Ron Gordon, who will share the most recent developments to IBM Power. His agenda includes POWER9, OpenPOWER LC, Cloud on Power, AIX, IBMi and time for Q&A. If you are not informed of these enhancements and announcements, your infrastructure may not be performing to its potential.

View this 30-minute webinar to learn about the latest announcements about IBM Power:

 

  • New solution areas well served by Power Systems
  • POWER9
  • Updates to AIX, IBMi
  • New features of OpenPOWER LC
  • Enhancements to Cloud on Power

Automation, Visibility, and Control. Cisco Prime Service Catalog

To keep up with the fast-moving pace of business, your organization has to become more nimble. This means making it easier to manage and deploy next-generation applications, existing enterprise applications, and their underlying infrastructure. Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite helps you do that by providing the automation, visibility, and control you need to improve agility.

Start your automation journey with Cisco Prime Service Catalog: Replace multiple manual ordering methods with a simple tool that streamlines order and life cycle management.

Watch this 8 minute demo to see how easily you can:

  • Order an application within a secure container
  • Order application services
  • Manage Devices, such as BYOD
  • Track costs, such as chargeback

Recording Date: June 2016

LinuxONE: The Linux Platform without Limits

The platform of choice for Open source, Mobile, Blockchain, Analytics, DevOps, and Cloud solutions.

Unleash your open source apps and services with the Linux platform without limits. IBM LinuxONE™ is a Linux and open source superhero made for the app economy. Combining the best of enterprise Linux and open source, LinuxONE is the most efficient, powerful, secure Linux platform.

Mainline delivers end-to-end solutions, helping their customers with their most urgent and highly visible IT initiatives. Working with IBM, Mainline helps our clients leverage the value of LinuxONE and other Linux solutions, through assist, analyze, implement and post-implementation support.

Duration: 31:00 Minutes

View this webinar to learn about LinuxONE’s:

  • Unprecedented performance
  • Security
  • Resiliency
  • Flexibility

Recording Date: May 2016

Accelerate your IBM z Systems Analytics Environment

The IBM® DB2® Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) for z/OS is a high-performance appliance that integrates into the IBM z Systems® infrastructure and transforms your mainframe into a highly-efficient transactional and analytics processing environment.

IDAA enables you to exploit z Systems data where it originates, delivering new opportunities to improve efficiency and drive smarter outcomes.

Mainline delivers end-to-end solutions, helping their customers with their most urgent and highly visible IT initiatives. Working with IBM, Mainline helps our clients leverage the value of IBM z Systems, through assist, analyze, implement and post-implementation support.

Duration: 30:00 Minutes

View this webinar to learn how you can:

  • Query data at high speeds.
  • Extend the capabilities of DB2 for z/OS
  • Lower operating costs

Recording Date: June 2016

How Actifio & Mainline Help Drive Software Agile Development

Featuring:
Brian Reagan, Managing Director, Blackthorne Consulting
Steve Adil, Disk Products Manager, Mainline Information Systems

This webinar hosted by Mainline and Actifio explores some of the most pressing issues in the world of application development, including test data management. We will discuss challenges facing teams moving towards a DevOps model and how new approaches and technologies such as Copy Data Virtualization can help:

  • Accelerate release cycles by drastically reducing test data provisioning, enabling faster time to market
  • Free test and development teams from the constraints of siloed infrastructure and processes with self-serve access to test data
  • Release higher-quality code by testing through the dev cycle against real, current, high-fidelity production data that is masked according to business requirements

In addition, we’ll identify drivers and challenges of enterprise DevOps and discuss where the enterprise market stands with this new trend.

Recording Date: May 3, 2016

Infindiat – Storing the Future

Infinidat provides enterprise-class storage at a disruptive price point.

Duration: 24:00 Minutes

Through the use of its patented Infiniverse Storage ArchitectureTM (ISA), Infinidat employs commodity hardware to deliver highly efficient multipetabyte capacity in a single rack.

View this webinar to learn how Infinidat is changing the paradigm of enterprise storage while reducing operational overhead, complexity and cost.

Recording Date: February 2016

Proven. Converged. Cisco VersaStack.

Cisco joins us for this webinar to discuss how the VersaStack solution can help you accelerate your IT transformation while delivering dramatic improvements in operational efficiency and simplicity.

Duration: 24:00 Minutes

VersaStack brings new levels of ease, efficiency, and versatility to cloud, big data, and enterprise application deployments.

Mainline helps you put it all together.

Recording Date: March 2016

ARCHIVED WEBCASTS

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The Changing Database Landscape. Don’t be Left Behind.

“By 2018, more than 70% of new in-house applications will be developed on an OSDBMS, commercial RDBMS instances will have been converted or will be in process..” – Gartner

Why is this happening?

  • Because cost matters. Data growth is exploding so price is more important than ever.
  • Modern solutions need higher performing data bases that RDBMS cannot meet.
  • OSDBMS have matured into cost effective, practical alternatives to proprietary solutions, giving CIOs the confidence they need to make the change.

Do you have a plan?
Which OSDBMS is right for your organization? How will you make this change to give your business the competitive advantage it needs?

Optimize Your Infrastructure With the New Features of IBM Power

 

Are you fully aware of the latest information regarding IBM Power Systems? IBM made many important announcements recently at its Edge 2016 event in Las Vegas. These announcements can make a significant, positive impact on your company and its IT direction.

Recorded November 9th by Power Champion, Ron Gordon, who will share the most recent developments to IBM Power. His agenda includes POWER9, OpenPOWER LC, Cloud on Power, AIX, IBMi and time for Q&A. If you are not informed of these enhancements and announcements, your infrastructure may not be performing to its potential.

View this 30-minute webinar to learn about the latest announcements about IBM Power:

 

  • New solution areas well served by Power Systems
  • POWER9
  • Updates to AIX, IBMi
  • New features of OpenPOWER LC
  • Enhancements to Cloud on Power