Why is the core banking platform not in the cloud – why on a mainframe?

In a world of numbers, citizen Zero stands tall. Despite its importance, Zero arrived much later, yet now is pivotal to the number system. Some even say Zero is infinity. Bank Zero is the newest citizen in South Africa’s banking world, pivotal to the new banking revolution. Bank Zero is a modern App-driven bank fully aligned to the banking needs of both businesses and individuals, offering control and transparency within our fresh approach towards banking. That’s a mouthful – but so is the range of powerful features and innovations they offer to both individuals and businesses, many of which are currently … Continue reading Why is the core banking platform not in the cloud – why on a mainframe?

Infrastructure Twitter Chat

Do you have something to say? We’d love to hear it! Join me and some other IT leaders on Wednesday, December 14 at Noon ET for an IBM Systems Twitter Chat on IT infrastructure for the cognitive era. By following along the hashtag #ILeadIT, you’ll help answer questions to some of today’s challenges when IT leaders design, build and deliver for this new era.   How a Twitter Chat Works This blog has its roots in a twitter chat that we used to run with the hashtag #mainframedebate but as a refresher a Twitter chat is an easy way to get … Continue reading Infrastructure Twitter Chat

There can be only ONE… Why LinuxONE is the only server built for Blockchain

Growing up as a massive fan of the cult classic movie Highlander, and in the spirit of Dustin Kirkland’s recent blog post on Ubuntu and LinuxONE, I am inspired to use Highlander as a theme for this blog on the case for LinuxONE and Blockchain, and why in my humble opinion there can be only ONE server that can lay claim to being the only server built from the ground up to run Blockchain. As Blockchain becomes the latest hot tech disruptive technology, lots of vendors will be starting to dust off existing models in there range and freshening up … Continue reading There can be only ONE… Why LinuxONE is the only server built for Blockchain

Open Source Databases – Crowd Sourced Platforms for Big Data

Today’s IT database infrastructure is shifting. New business requirements and the need to accommodate exponential growth in the amount and types of data require a new approach. Many companies are surrounding or replacing their traditional enterprise database (RDBMS) with new open source database management systems (OSDBMS) for more flexibility, speed and efficiency as they build new applications to address new business demands. According to Gartner, more than 70 percent of new in-house applications will be developed on an OSDBMS by 2018, and 50 percent of existing commercial RDBMSs will be on the way to leveraging open source technology. Consider the following business needs: … Continue reading Open Source Databases – Crowd Sourced Platforms for Big Data

LinuxONE and large VM’s – a Linux Infrastructure performance perspective

At VM Ware World mid-last year HP, VM Ware and IBM Storage got together to talk about some findings they got from internal benchmarks, the even went so far as to produce, a whitepaper was published by the VMware performance folks describing a scalability test of running multiple RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.5 virtual machines under vSphere 5.5 on a 240 core HP Superdome X. While the focus of the study, known as Project Capstone (*), was on the scalability of multiple VMs, we thought it would be interesting to compare how an IBM LinuxONE Emperor machine would perform, using a … Continue reading LinuxONE and large VM’s – a Linux Infrastructure performance perspective

LinuxONE, Containers and Docker

I am sure you have seen the recent LinuxONE announcements from IBM over the last month but wanted to draw you attention to the Scalable Financial Trading Analysis & Insight demo presented by @DonnaExplorer during LinuxCon. It is arguably our coolest demo since the days of the Mettle Test. We can prove that LinuxONE system can perfectly run sentiment analysis, trade transactions and geospatial analysis … with open source products like Spark, MongoDB, MariaDB, PosgreSQL, Docker, Kafka, Chef and node.js. It is really exciting and impressive stuff! Maybe you have missed the Thought Leadership White Paper about Open Source Solutions on LinuxONE … the paper is showing superior LinuxONE performance … Continue reading LinuxONE, Containers and Docker