Much of the public believes that the mainframe is a dinosaur stuck in the "Mad Men" days, but programs such as MongoDB, which supports Linux on the mainframe, proves them wrong. A recent article, published on Linux.com, discusses the latest developments in mainframe databases.
Linux and related applications running on IBM S/390 and zSeries mainframe hardware
Sine Nomine Associates has announced "per drawer" pricing for ClefOS, expanding the ability to substantially grow the Linux workload without having to revisit with the CFO for acquiring additional capacity. This change means a much lower price per Linux instance.
Neale Ferguson, of Sine Nomine Associates, reports that, as part of an ongoing research project, he has released a Spark container for Linux on System z. IBM announced new support for Spark March 29, 2016 at the Strata + Hadoop World summit.
“Linux on the mainframe has come a long way since it was released as patches in 1999. It has evolved from an adjunct to an organization’s IT environment to being front-and-centre," said Sine Nomine Associates' engineer Neale Ferguson about the recent announcement by the Linux Foundation of new members for the Open Mainframe Project. The announcement was made February 23, 2016 on the Linux Foundation website.
The British IT industry publication, The Register, recently reported on IBM's announcement of 2016 development goals for the Open Mainframe Project. The announcement was made at the 2016 IBM InterConnect.
Open Mainframe Project Announces New Membership Investments as it Hones Technical Focus for Advancing Linux on Mainframe
SNA builds, services, and supports many open source packages for its clients. The following tables describe the current portfolio of open source software. In many cases multiple releases of packages are available but only the latest are listed here. Packages built for ClefOS will also work on RHEL.
Recently Sine Nomine Associates engineer Neale Ferguson had the opportunity to introduce ClefOS (Commercial-grade Linux on Enterprise Foundations Operating System) to users of Linux on System z. The article appears on the blog Mainframe Debate.