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April 17, 2014 Meeting

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM IT Economics of the Mainframe - Understanding the True Value of the Platform
This presentation focuses on the comprehensive TCO considerations that IT Executives need to consider, competitive claims and IBM responses, and real customer examples from our IBM Competitive Project Office (CPO) Eagle TCO assessments.
The speaker will be Chris von Koschembahr, IBM Management Consultant, Strategic IT Optimization Services (Eagle Team).
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10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM CA Cloud Storage for System z
CA Cloud Storage for System z is a new, innovative solution that enables customers to backup and archive their mainframe data to a variety of NFS storage appliances (Riverbed, NetApp, DataDomain) and the Amazon AWS storage clouds (S3 and Glacier). The solution runs on Linux on VM; harnessing the power, security and cost-effectiveness of the IFL to move large amounts of data to and from the mainframe. CA Cloud Storage for System z can deliver significant cost savings to customers as it enables them to retire large amounts of physical tape and DASD as data is backed up and archived to less expensive, off-platform storage. The solution is designed with security in mind, leveraging end-to-end encryption of data in transit and data at rest. Cloud Storage for System z also enables new, cost-effective disaster recovery options.
The speaker will be Scott Arnett of CA Technologies..
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11:45 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:00 PM Linux on Z Update
The session will present a brief update of recent developments in the Linux under z/VM area.
The speaker will be Paul Augustyniak of the IBM Corporation, Linux on System z New Workload Leader, North America IOT.
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1:30 PM Operational Monitoring and Automation of a System z-based Cloud Environment (z/VM and Linux on System z)
There are many areas of monitoring and systems management for System z-based cloud environments running on z/VM and Linux on System z:
  • performance monitoring and management
  • resource management
  • operational monitoring
  • automated alerting and recovery.
  • This session will give an overview of what each of these areas encompasses and the solutions available to help you. It will then go into more detail about operational monitoring and automation, including IBM's solution in this space: Operations Manager for z/VM. Live demos will be shown if time and access permits.
    The speaker will be Tracy Dean, IBM Brand Manager..
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    2:45 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing - You will want to be here!!! Really, you will want to be here!!!
    3:15 PM Backup and Recovery of a System z-based Cloud Environment (z/VM and Linux on System z)
    Backup and recovery are critical to a System z-based cloud environment running on z/VM and Linux on System z. This session will review the advantages and disadvantages of each of the various approaches to backup and recovery for z/VM and Linux on System z:
  • backing up from z/OS
  • backing up from z/VM
  • backing up from Linux
  • The speaker will then discuss and demonstrate (if time and access permits) one of the IBM solutions that fills one piece of the puzzle: Backup and Restore Manager for z/VM.
    The speaker will be Tracy Dean, IBM Brand Manager..
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    4:30 PM Free-for-All
    Members will attempt to answer any reasonable VM or hardware related questions. If you are having a problem and want to find out if others are experiencing it, or you are installing new hardware or software and want to find out what types of problems others have experienced, here is the place to find out.
    Members are encouraged to bring ideas for future presentations and speakers to this meeting.

    Meeting Location:

    This quarter's meeting will be held at a different Aon Hewitt location. It will be held at the 4 Overlook Point location on the west side of Lincolnshire.

    For details on that site, Click here for additional information on directions, maps, lodging and dining.


    We are fortunate to have refreshments and lunch sponsored by Vicom Infinity once again this quarter. We would like to request a count of expected attendees by the Monday before the meeting to assist in planning appropriately. If you are planning to attend, PLEASE send an E-Mail by that date to dmoyer@lakecountyil.gov with a subject line of "Meeting Attendance". (Note - The SEND TO email address is not an actual link. Please cut and paste the address. Thanks, Dave.)

    This request is meant to be a planning aid and should not be interpreted as either a registration or attendance requirement. Attendance is always encouraged and appreciated regardless. Also, it is only necessary to respond once regarding meeting attendance.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.