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IBM Systems Lab Services can leverage the worldwide intellectual and technical advantage of the IBM z Systems™ development lab to assist you in taking advantage of emerging technologies on the mainframe platform and related middleware. We can provide custom solutions, leading-edge consulting, support services and proofs-of-concept to meet your business requirements now and also to support your strategic initiatives moving forward. Whether it is z/OS®, z/VM or Linux on z Systems, or zEnterprise®, we can help deploy new technologies like zBX, cloud, and analytics. In addition to services in these key areas, we can assist with the hardware and operating system layers, enable middleware solutions around CICS®, DB2® or the WebSphere® family or fulfill wider enterprise requirements around security, availability, or performance.
Jumpstart services can help you accelerate your IBM Wave implementation by providing planning, installation, and usage assistance. We tailor the installation to your environment and provide skills transfer by reviewing common use cases of the interface with your support staff.
This offering provides a rapid engagement (one–to–two weeks in length) to stand up the MobileFirst server infrastructure and deploy a small sample application. The service integrates to a back–end IBM zOS subsystem to let you exercise different features of the MobileFirst platform as the first step in a larger deployment.
Does your company want expert level assistance with planning, configuration and implementation of the new IBM zAware product? The IBM zAware Enablement Starter Kit is designed to assist you in enabling IBM zAware with an environment review, planning (including any prerequisites), and implementation services. At the end of the engagement, you will have the IBM zAware product fully enabled in the environment, actively monitoring a stand-alone z/OS, Linux on z Systems or Parallel Sysplex with an understanding of how to exploit the product and its Graphical User Interface (GUI).
IBM z Systems can dramatically streamline and simplify computing operations by making it possible to operate heterogeneous technologies and servers as one consolidated system. Analysis, assessment, implementation, and maintenance services from IBM are designed to help you realize these benefits as quickly as possible with minimal risk to the organization and minimal investment of internal staff time and resources in the implementation process. IBM services professionals offer deep skills and expertise, drawing on close relationships with development labs—as well as on thousands of client engagements—to help ensure rapid, highly effective z System implementations that deliver value right away.
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IBM Systems Lab Services can provide experts on the z Systems platform to assist you as you deploy your cloud. Deep skills in virtualized Linux provisioning, monitoring, and security can help you accelerate your Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) project. We can help you develop and implement provisioning and monitoring automation processes you need. Instead of just implementing a provisioning tool, our z Systems team has skills to help you with the entire lifecycle of the virtual servers and the overall cloud deployment to help ensure success. Our team can help you customize the deployment for your specific business needs.
The IBM Entry Cloud Configuration for SAP Solutions on zEnterprise provides customers the capability of using SAP Landscape Virtualization Manager (LVM) in conjunction with IBM Database Provisioning System (DPS) code to manage workflows in the SAP environment that encompass tasks performed by DB2 on z/OS. The DPS code can also be used to provide workflow management and automation capabilities on DB2 for z/OS without the need for LVM or the SAP application.
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This offering provides new or existing z Systems clients with a complete end-to-end software and hardware solution for deploying business analytics. Systems Lab Services performs or assists with software installation in conjunction with IBM Software Group and IBM Cognos Services. ISAS 9700 is offered in standard and foundation configurations. The standard configuration includes z/OS, DB2 for z/OS, Linux on z Systems, InfoSphereWarehouse, and optionally Cognos. The foundation configuration includes z/OS, DB2 for z/OS, and optionally Cognos.
IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator Service provides the capability of accelerating by several orders of magnitude complex analytic queries on a standalone DB2 environment, a SAP BW environment or as an integral part of the IBM Smart Analytics System 9700 solution. Lab Services will assist installations with the configuration and enablement of their IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for DB2 on z/OS on a z Systems server. The technology allows the client to address the needs of their critical business intelligence operational workloads.
Looking to move your existing data warehousing onto z Systems and want to maximize the workload management strengths of the z Systems platform? Considering moving your existing data warehouse onto z Systems and concerned about query performance? We have services that can help you. The IBM workload management policy review for data warehousing service is targeted to clients with existing data warehousing/business intelligence solutions and a large, enterprise data warehouse. It provides a best practice review of z Systems workload used with a data warehouse. It also includes a DB2 subsystem data warehouse review and a z Systems workload manager review. Dynamic SQL performance review for data warehouse on z Systems service is for clients with existing data warehouse/business intelligence solutions and a large, enterprise data warehouse. It will target selected high CPU/high I/O SQL queries.
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Ensuring a secure implementation is a common requirement for a client cloud solution. The z Systems platform, provides some inherent capabilities to secure your cloud solution. This offering provides clients with the security expertise required to assess, design and implement a secure cloud solution on z Systems. It will help in ensuring all infrastructure layers from the hypervisor z/VM and the network to the operating system (Linux on z Systems) and middleware are secure. It also helps to secure the integration between z Systems and the cloud management platform as well as other security concerns such as data segregation, multi-tenant security and standards compliance.
IBM z Systems Lab Services can help you reduce the costs associated with using digital certificates across your enterprise. Digital certificates increase security for network activity. Stop paying someone else and become your own certificate authority using the tools you already own. Leverage PKI Services for z/OS and your web server to get started, or use your DB2, WebSphere, and Tivoli Directory Server for z/OS (TDS for z/OS) for high volume certificate provisioning.
Proper access protection and auditing requires all requests to possess a trusted identity. Identity directory servers store these identities and provide services such as authentication. On z/OS, the security server is traditionally the identity directory for z/OS subsystems. Tivoli Directory Server for z/OS (TDS z/OS) is an identity directory server following Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) for LDAP-compliant enterprise middleware platforms. This solution will allow your enterprise to put your identities into a centralized repository while benefiting from the inherent high scalability, availability and security that comes with z/OS.
Leveraging device based encryption and key management helps you meet legislative requirements and industry standards. Lab Services can assist you with design, implementation and installation of centralized key management servers. IBM provides key management solutions for open and z/OS systems and has the ability to provide features for robust protection of data at rest. Leveraging encryption of data on disk or tape is a valuable direction for companies. In many instances, it is a statutory mandate as well.
IBM z Systems security features are cutting edge but they need to be enabled and configured properly in order to mitigate modern world risks. This offering provides you with the security expertise required to assess and improve your z/OS or Linux on z Systems security posture. Leveraging the security architecture analysis, the z/OS security manager analysis, or the specific component’s configuration security analysis, consultants recommend and report on how to mitigate weaknesses and enhance security protections.
IBM Systems Lab Services provide you with expertise for core operating systems services to improve their efficiency of their z System server platform. These services include consulting, optimization, implementation, virtualization and migration. The primary goal of these services is to help companies maximize infrastructure performance and lower the total cost of ownership without having to train and redeploy employees who may lack the experience in the z Systems environment. The complexity and variety of z Systems product options requires a wide variety of services to address specific client needs related to implementing, migrating, configuring, installing, consolidating and changing both new and existing machines.
IBM Systems Lab Services can assist you with Storage systems and help you improve the efficiency of your storage infrastructure. IBM technical experts from Systems Lab Services can provide storage architecture, planning and design, optimization, consolidation, virtualization with a focus on the overall storage strategy. The primary goal of these services is to help companies maximize their storage infrastructure and reduce the total cost of ownership without having to train and redeploy employees who may lack the experience in the mainframe storage environment
Applications and Middleware Services
IBM Parallel Sysplex Clustering and Data Sharing is a cross-industry services solution that is designed to primarily assist midsize-to-large enterprises in a wide variety of industries to implement or simplify an IBM Parallel Sysplex environment with greater speed and ease, at a lower cost, and without having to train and redeploy employees who may lack the experience in this area.
Many organizations that are currently operating a sysplex environment may lack the in-house skills and expertise to manage the server infrastructure at an optimal level.
The IBM Parallel Sysplex Clustering and Data Sharing solution can provide the essential expertise and experience that companies need to make the transition from a less efficient, complex server infrastructure to a flexible, standardized mainframe server foundation. You can benefit from increased operational efficiencies, lower costs, reduced total cost of ownership, and greater long-term flexibility and adaptability.
The offering will deliver a package of associated software maintenance and implementation services to define an optimal system layout based on your infrastructure availability requirements to provide you with a ready to use solution while employing industry standards and IBM recommended practices.
After building a solid parallel sysplex environment, IBM Systems Lab Services will provide you with expertise in the planning, design and implementation of data sharing. These services include defining an optimal system layout based on the customer’s infrastructure availability requirements, standards and employ IBM recommended practices.
IBM Systems Lab Services provides expertise related to the installation, configuration and implementation of DB2 on z/OS or LUW into their environment. You already have DB2 installed, services are available to migrate to a new release, install a new maintenance level or check the health of the DB2 environment. Performance tuning is also available as well as solutions that help exploit key z/OS technologies such as DB2 data sharing, storage technology using FlashCopy® and DB2 accelerator technology.
IBM Systems Lab Services has expertise in a wide variety of WebSphere products on z/OS including: WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, WebSphere Process Server, WebSphere MQ and MQ Message Broker. We can assist with installation, configuration, administration, performance tuning and testing of each product to ensure successful deployment in your environment. In addition, we can provide assistance in the design of your middleware environment to get the best advantage of z/OS performance and high availability, using common, cross industry best practices.
IBM Systems Lab Services provides installation, configuration, and administration assistance for your existing CICS environment and our health checks can assess your existing environment for performance, scalability, availability and other cross-industry best-practices. We can also assist with adopting new functionality of CICS TS such as CICS Web Services, CPSM administrative environment, and the new cloud-like provisioning of CICS regions.
Considering porting your distributed UNIX application to z/OS UNIX Systems Services (USS)? Let IBM Systems Lab Services expertise assist you in the planning, testing and troubleshooting your porting effort.
Lab Services AIX®, Linux, Windows™, and z/OS Communications Server consultants offer worldwide assistance with network architecture designs to utilize the available features and functions, network assessments, and network health check review services customized specifically to your environment. Depending upon the services selected, the deliverable is either a network architecture design document with detailed step-by-step instructions for a successful migration or a report detailing the assessment/health check review findings and recommendations.
IBM Systems Lab Services communications server consultants for AIX, Linux, Windows, and z/OS offer their experience with the products to assist you in a wide variety of services. These services can range from enabling new or existing features and functions including high availability, version migrations, design implementations, IP security, troubleshooting, and customized services. By utilizing highly skilled Lab Services consultants, companies can accelerate their project timelines thus saving time and money while increasing the acceptance/satisfaction of the infrastructure change as a result of a successful deployment.
IBM Lab Services z Systems and Power Systems™ consultants can offer assistance with fiber infrastructure. Services range from evaluation and health-checks of current fiber installation, to planning, assessment of options, design, installation, configuration, customization, and training. The focus is on options for Data Center Networking (DCN), distance connectivity, simplified reconfiguration, speed and media conversion as well as local area network (LAN) switches and routers, Storage Area Network (SAN) switches and directors, physical layer switches (electrical or optical), Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM), fiber plant and trunking, and optical transceivers. The deliverable is either an infrastructure design document with detailed step-by-step instructions for a successful implementation or a report detailing the assessment/health check review findings and recommendations.
MobileFirst Mobile Jumpstart Services for IBM zEnterprise offers a rapid engagement (one–to–two weeks in length) to stand up the MobileFirst server infrastructure and deploy a small sample application. The service integrates to a back–end IBM zOS subsystem to let you exercise different features of the MobileFirst platform as the first step in a larger deployment.
MobileFirst Jumpstart Services for IBM z Systems offers a completely custom engagement to stand up and validate the MobileFirst server infrastructure. It can enable and integrate existing z/OS subsystems for mobile access to customer applications. With integrated Mobile Architecture Design Workshops and custom application planning and development., a quick deployment is possible.