Consultant James Porell has written a four-part blog series on the opportunities and challenges he encountered migrating a Java application from x86 Docker containers to System z Docker. Sine Nomine Associates’ own Neale Ferguson, creator of the CentOS Linux distribution for System z, is cited in Part Two.
Linux and related applications running on IBM S/390 and zSeries mainframe hardware
VMWorkshop 2018 has been scheduled for June 28-30 in Greensboro, NC. According to the website, "The VM Workshop is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of customers, ISVs, and business partners with an interest in the use and growth of the z/VM platform and Linux on IBM Z."
Presentations from the 2017 VMWorkshop, including SNA engineer Neale Ferguson's Introduction to Docker & OpenShift, are now available to download. The conference took place June 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio.
- ClefOS – A CentOS clone for z Systems
- High Availability Option – A clustering solution for Red Hat Enterprise Linux or ClefOS
- Docker & OpenShift – Container technologies for DevOps and microservices
- OSS – A large catalog of Open Source Software packages that are available for support
Sine Nomine Associates engineer Neale Ferguson will be presenting several sessions at SHARE 2017 in San Jose, CA. The mainframe-focused conference takes place March 5-10, 2017.
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.
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.