IBM simplifies mainframe software

IBM is continuing its five-year plan to make it easier for customers to use its mainframes.

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IBM is continuing its five-year plan to make it easier for customers to use its mainframes.

It is releasing more software to make it easier to program, manage and administer its mainframes in an ongoing bid to attract more customers to purchase its big iron hardware instead of high-end servers.

The move is part of a five-year, $100 million (£51.5m) project the company began in October to simplify use of its System z mainframe. At that time, IBM released a variety of tools and services including a new mainframe management console, better software asset management capabilities and Health Checker for z/OS, a monitoring and configuration tuning tool.

The new enhancements IBM announced for its System z software yesterday cover security, systems and data management and virtualisation.

As part of the announcements, IBM unveiled a new version of its database – DB2 9 for z/OS – due out in the first half of this year along with a suite of DB2 tools.

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