CAVMEN - Chicago Area
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June 18, 2009 Meeting

Final Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM Best Fits for Linux on System z - How and Why
This presentation will outline the architecture behind Linux running on System z, and show which applications are BEST run on System z Linux, and why they are best fits. The speaker will show which questions and approaches have worked and give real customer examples that validate this approach. We will also cover applications which work extremely well on System z Linux, and the reasons why, in a competitive situation, System z Linux could be the better choice for your workload.
The speaker will be Paul Augustyniak of the IBM Corporation.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:45 AM An Update on how IBM is consolidating computers to double capacity - IBM Big Green ECM project
In 2007, IBM announced that its Project Big Green would spur a global shift to Linux on the mainframe. Further, IBM claimed to "double computing capacity with no increase in our carbon output by 2010." IBM also announced that we would consolidate 3,900 of our own distributed servers to 33 System z computers in 3 years.

Is it possible to achieve such massive consolidation? Here's an update on how it is being done.

The speaker will be Paul Augustyniak of the IBM Corporation.
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12:15 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 - Evolutionary change
How is it better? What has changed? Technical improvements in SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will be discussed and demonstrated, from a newer kernel to high-availability. Hear about virtualization, green-IT, and appliance strategies. Bring your questions, and a USB drive to get ISO files of the architecture of your choosing.
The speaker will be Don Vosburg of Novell, Inc.
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3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:05 PM Red Hat Update
With the release of RHEL 5.4 and RHEL 6.0 around the corner, what can customers expect? Where is Red Hat taking Linux?
The speaker will be Shawn Wells of Red Hat, Inc.
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3:35 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:50 PM Managing your RHEL VMs with Red Hat Network Satellite
Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite is a tool which can provision, manage, update, and monitor your RHEL VMs running on System z -- with the added bonus of managing your distributed systems too. In this session we will talk through how RHN Satellite works, step through provisioning RHEL VMs on a System z, show how to deploy your own (custom) applications, give an overview of the internal communication subsystems, then proceed with a live demo. If network conditions are right, we will remote into Red Hat's z9 and detail out our internal configuration.
The speaker will be Shawn Wells of Red Hat, Inc.
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4:50 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 the Hewitt Associates 'East Campus' located at 100 Half Day Road, in Lincolnshire, IL. We will meet in the Lower Level Conference Room in Building 98.

If you have not attended a meeting at this location before, or you are not familiar with the area, Click here for additional information on directions, maps, lodging and dining.


We would like to request a count of expected attendees by the Monday before the meeting, so that we may plan appropriately for arranging the facilities, and for refreshments and lunch, should one of the vendors wish to provide them. If you are planning to attend, PLEASE send an E-Mail by that date to CAVMEN@comcast.net with a subject line of "Meeting Attendance".

This is meant to be a facilities planning aid and should not be interpreted as a registration requirement. If you suddenly become available at the last minute, please feel free to attend even if you have not responded.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Cell Phone Policy:

All electronic devices (cell phones, Blackberry's, etc.) if switched on must be kept in silent mode during the meeting. If you need to make or receive a call, you must quietly leave the meeting room to do so. There is a large quiet area outside of the meeting room that is ideal for this.

Any intentional or repeat violations of this policy will result in that individual being escorted from the premises and potentially excluded from future meetings.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.