IBM Previews Mainframe Software to Manage and Secure Complex Transactions Driven by SOA


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BALTIMORE, MD - 15 Aug 2006: SHARE Conference -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today previewed new mainframe management software that will help customers handle and secure the surge of new business processes and transactions running on services oriented architectures (SOAs) that are making the IBM System z mainframe the hub of Internet-based computing.

Speaking at the SHARE conference in Baltimore today, Al Zollar, general manager of IBM Tivoli software, previewed new Tivoli software that helps customers battle the complexities of new workloads and diverse computing environments, while providing a secure management foundation to support customers moving to SOA. An SOA enables new applications and business processes to be assembled from reusable components, or "services," giving customers the flexibility to adapt to changing business conditions and react to market opportunities.

Given the rise in SOA adoption, it is becoming more important that mainframe workloads and resources be managed to simplify integration and lower cost. IBM's new software -- based in part on technology acquired by IBM in 2004 from Candle and Cyanea -- includes all the tools customers need to make System z, already the most secure platform in the world, the hub of their SOA management infrastructure.

The role of the mainframe has changed from a platform for mainstay business applications to a hub for core Internet-based business services -- such as order processing and customer service -- that use the hundreds of petabytes of data running on the world's mainframe computers. New applications and services are continually boosting the number and variety of workloads and the complexity of transactions running on mainframe systems -- more than 60 percent of IBM's current mainframe revenue comes from new workloads driven by IT trends such as virtualization, Linux and SOA. By using mainframes to free up, secure and use information stored in applications, customers can ensure that they are providing as much availability, security and efficiency as possible.

"IBM's new software helps integrate mainframes -- already the hub of today's SOA computing environments -- into IT infrastructures ready to adopt SOAs," Zollar said. "By building out SOAs, our customers are delivering business services that require the security, resiliency and performance that are the hallmark of System z."

IBM highlighted the following new software, which will become available in the second half of 2006:

The new Tivoli software is part of IBM's IT service management offerings, which automate and simplify the way companies manage IT infrastructures. It is integrated with the IBM Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database, which allows infrastructures to share information. IBM's offerings are guided by ITIL, a set of best practices and standards established by an international forum and representing many years of cross-industry experience in system management. IBM is a key participant in evolving the ITIL work and has contributed significant amounts of intellectual property to this effort.

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