2013 IBM zEnterprise Technology Summit

Gain insight that you can take action on with the latest innovations in mainframe technology


Track 1: The New zEnterprise – A Cost-Busting Platform

Developed for: IT managers and enterprise architects

Time Session Title
8:30 a.m. Introduction and welcome
8:40 a.m. System z is optimized for critical data workloads
9:40 a.m. Break
9:50 a.m. World’s fastest analytics
10:50 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Smarter solution delivery on System z and Academic Initiative for System z skills
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Best fit workloads for System z private cloud
2:00 p.m. Break
2:10 p.m. What System z can do that Intel® can’t
3:10 p.m. Break
3:20 p.m. TCO lessons from customer engagements
4:20 p.m. Close


8:40 a.m. - System z is optimized for critical data workloads

At first glance, distributed technology can look less expensive than the mainframe for running core workloads. But if critical data is the information upon which your business ultimately depends, consider that first glances can be deceiving. The mainframe is the ideal platform to store and process workloads that handle critical data because it is optimized for efficiency, security and reliability. The design of the new zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) provides unmatched qualities of service for existing workloads while offering new, cost-effective capabilities to grow business. In this session, we’ll discuss the broader value of optimization as it relates to business-critical transactional workloads and associated batch processing.

9:50 a.m. - World’s fastest analytics

Increased competitive pressure requires faster, more accurate and predictive decision-making without incurring excessive costs. zEnterprise with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator provides a full set of analytics capabilities at an unbeatable price. In fact, DB2 Analytics Accelerator can increase analytical query speeds by 10-1000 times. It no longer makes sense to offload your data marts. By moving computational analysis to the data source, you can now avoid expensive, unnecessary and time-consuming data replication.

11:00 a.m. - Smarter solution delivery on System z and Academic Initiative for System z skills

Today’s mainframe developers and administrators have access to extensive modern tools for application development and operations that are comparable to counterpart tools in the distributed world. In this session, we will explore and demonstrate a selection of the newest and most innovative mainframe tools that are particularly effective, easy to use and low cost. We will also reserve 15 minutes at the end to discuss the IBM Academic Initiative and its success as a source for new System z skills, and with modern application technology, which mainframe skills are most valuable.

1:00 p.m. - Best fit workloads for System z private cloud

More and more companies recognize that cloud technology can help them achieve business goals. But the widely-held perception remains that creating a private cloud infrastructure is always expensive, time-consuming, extremely complicated – and introduces security risks. Not true. System z can provide a secure, well-managed, multi-architecture cloud platform where resources are elastic, workloads can be heterogeneous, service levels are automatically met, and overall costs are dramatically reduced. Attend this session to learn how to transform your mainframe resources into a private cloud and deliver your critical data workloads at the lowest cost.

2:10 p.m. - What System z can do that Intel can’t

Intel servers are cheap to acquire and that drives some companies down a path that becomes increasingly expensive. Others believe that today’s Intel-based x86 computers can do the same tasks as a mainframe. They can’t. We’ll show you the reasons why the complete System z stack of hardware, operating systems and software still runs rings around Intel-based servers for both traditional and many modern workloads. You’ll learn about the operational efficiencies of the new zEnterprise that make it highly cost-effective, and offers the ultimate in modern security.

3:20 p.m. - TCO lessons from customer engagements

The important factors driving total cost are very different between centralized and distributed systems. We’ll review some of the common mistakes that customers make in estimating solution cost comparisons, based on the experiences of IBM’s Eagle team.

4:20 p.m. - Close


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