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IBM Announces Five-Year March to Mainframe Simplification


ARMONK, NY - 04 Oct 2006: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today revealed a cross-company effort to make the IBM System z mainframe -- the world's most sophisticated business computer -- easier to use for a greater number of computer professionals by 2011. The goal of this five-year effort, which will include an investment of approximately $100 million, is to enable technology administrators and computer programmers to more easily program, manage and administer a mainframe system -- as well as to increasingly automate the development and deployment of applications for the mainframe environment. The initiative, involving a team of hardware and software experts, leverages IBM's expertise in automation and systems management.

The major areas of IBM's mainframe simplification strategy include:

1) Automated configuration checking -- to make it easier for information technology administrators and computer programmers to predict and avoid technical problems.

2) Modernizing the mainframe user interface -- including network configuration, systems management, and data center hardware configurationdesigned with both existing IT staff and the new generation of IT workers in mind.

3) Improving software asset management technologies -- to make it easier for users to control software costs and, as well, simplify and automate the acquisition of software services.

4) Modernizing the mainframe's development environment with visual tools that enable novices to quickly learn how to program for the mainframe.

The z/OS V1R8 on System z -- available now -- contains several programs, features and tools supporting mainframe simplification including:

"The new z/OS version coupled with more automation of management tasks and streamlined information delivery will make life easier for novices and experts alike," said Jim Stallings, general manager for IBM System z. "From a strategic perspective, a focus in mainframe simplification increases the attractiveness of the platform to a broader swath of IT professionals, while at the same time continuing to provide clients with what is recognized as the most sophisticated business computing system on the planet."

IBM engineer Benjamin Bayat demonstrates the Health Checker, part of the new graphical user interface on the IBM System z mainframe operating system. Graphical interfaces are part of a five-year, $100 million IBM program to make the mainframe so simple to use that anyone with a computer science background will be able to handle the Big Iron in a matter of months.

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IBM engineer Benjamin Bayat demonstrates the Health Checker,
part of the new graphical user interface on the IBM System z
mainframe operating system. Graphical interfaces are part of a
five-year, $100 million IBM program to make the mainframe so
simple to use that anyone with a computer science background will
be able to handle the Big Iron in a matter of months.

z/OS leads the industry in security
management, with centralized key management for encryption, a single centralized security database and easy administration via directory services. As well, data management on z/OS can be fully automated to provide multi-level storage management and backup, with multi-level recovery. World-class database serving capabilities, enhanced security features designed to help ease security and regulatory compliance concerns and simplified network configuration and automated network management form a solid foundation for enterprise computing.

For more information see: www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/zseries/zos/

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IBM engineer Benjamin Bayat demonstrates the Health Checker, part of the new graphical user interface on the IBM System z mainframe operating system. Graphical interfaces are part of a five-year, $100 million IBM program to make the mainframe so simple to use that anyone with a computer science background will be able to handle the Big Iron in a matter of months.

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