CAVMEN - Chicago Area
                      VM (and Linux) Enthusiasts

October 22, 2009 Meeting

Final Meeting Agenda:

9:00 AM z/VM Platform Update: Introducing z/VM V6.1 - Advancing the Art of Server Virtualization
This presentation will highlight the new functions available with z/VM V6.1, IBM's newest version of advanced server virtualization support for IBM System z. Building on the functionally rich base of z/VM Version 5.4, z/VM V6.1, previewed on July 7, 2009, further enhances the economic attractiveness of consolidating workloads on the mainframe. Find out how z/VM V6.1 on IBM System z10 advances the art of enterprise virtualization. The speaker will also provide an overview of future z/VM support ("statements of direction") included in the z/VM V6.1 preview announcement.
The speaker will be Alan Altmark of the IBM Corporation.
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10:30 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM Security Zones in z/VM
In multi-tier network applications, there is usually the concept of "demilitarized zones", or DMZs, that each contain a set of servers. Each DMZ is separated from others by firewalls and by access policies to ensure that there is no unwanted user access or flow of data. Learn in this presentation how to properly build virtual DMZs and to integrate virtual servers into your existing DMZs. We will also discuss using the RACF Security Server on z/VM to prevent a "red zone" server from connecting to a "green zone" network or "green zone" data...
The speaker will be Alan Altmark of the IBM Corporation.
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12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Administration and Vendor Announcements
1:45 PM Linux on z Update
The speaker 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.
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2:00 PM What makes a successful Proof of Concept for Linux on System z
Most companies begin their first foray into the Linux on System z world by conducting a z Linux POC. This presentation will draw upon the many years of experience of the presenter and the dos and dont's of a POC. Marianne will discuss how to pick the application and other "technical" aspects.
The speaker will be Marianne Eggett of Mainline Information Systems.
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3:15 PM Coffee Break and Prize Drawing
3:30 PM System z Linux Proof of Concept - Project Management Best Practices
It's an important step - so when you are ready to move forward, make sure you're on solid ground. From planning, to proving, to production, there are a lot of intricate details to think about when you are considering a Linux implementation. In this session, Marianne Eggett summarizes industry best practices for project management of your IBM System z Linux Proof-of-Concept (POC). These best practices are based on her 30 + years in IT and 8 focusing on Linux on IBM Systems z New Workload.

This session will cover the important steps to a successful POC, including:

  • Project Initiation
  • Project Definition
  • Installation and Set Up
  • Testing
  • Closing
  • The speaker will be Marianne Eggett of Mainline Information Systems.
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    4:45 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 Conference Room 100-M3, in Building 100, just off the cafeteria.

    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.