By Jeffrey Frey, Chief Technology Officer, IBM System z
To those entering the Master the Mainframe contest, I would like to personally thank you for your interest in learning more about this great computing platform.
I have been with IBM 30 years now, and for all that time, I have been working on the development of the System z platform. I have had the distinct pleasure of being involved in what I consider to be major technical transformations of the platform over that time. System z is a marvel of engineering. And even though it's architectural roots date back to 1964, it seems to have a unique ability to incorporate modern technological innovation while at the same time preserving the significant investment our client's have made in the platform. In 1964, IBM made a promise to provide a computing platform that would not only deliver on the promise of enabling efficient business process automation, but also to provide a computing platform that would continue to protect client investments in software as the computing platform was advanced over time.
When you look at history for the mainframe, you see incredible technical innovation. Just think about the bold engineering that was required to move the design of the system z computing engines from bi-polar to CMOS microprocessor technology. At the same time, with the introduction of parallel sysplex, the mainframe was literally re-invented to provide a platform capable unprecedented business transaction processing performance, scalability, and resiliency; a leadership position held within the industry to this day. And all of this was accomplished while keeping the our commitment to client investment protection and solution compatibility.
And the technical excellence of the mainframe doesn't stop there. Whenever there are major advances in computing technology, the mainframe is there, integrating new capabilities and providing increased value to our customers. Did you know that the mainframe is a great host for Linux environments? With its state of the art server virtualization capabilities, the mainframe is used by IT data canters to host some of the most scalable and efficient enterprise Linux solutions in the world. What about Java? Did you know that the mainframe is a first class host for modern Java based software solutions? Integration of advanced optimization in the mainframe's hardware targeted to Java, and state of the art Java runtime optimization has made the mainframe a best of breed Java environment.
When IT organizations need a computing platform that can do it all, hosting both traditional and new emerging computing workloads, with the highest levels of performance, security, data protection, resilience, and operational efficiency, they turn to the mainframe. As a colleague of mine once said, "western civilization runs on the mainframe".
I want to thank you again again for your interest in this great computing platform. I think you will find the study of the mainframe both challenging and rewarding. And when you actually do "master the mainframe", rest assured you will be sought as a valuable asset in this exciting and limitless industry of IT. I wish each of you the best of luck. And most of all, have fun.
Jeffrey Frey, Chief Technology Officer, IBM System z
Registrations are now open for the US & Canada Contest: https://contest-reg.dfw.ibm.com/contest/usaca.nsf and we'll be adding more countries to our 2013 WW contest lineup soon! http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/students/
Jeff is an IBM Fellow, and CTO System z Platform, responsible for System z architecture and design.
Jeff joined IBM in 1983 as a programmer working on the development of IBM's MVS operating system after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jeff was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1995, and named a Poughkeepsie site master inventor in 2001.
Jeff has a long history of leadership and innovation in driving the transformation of IBM's platforms and capabilities. Primarily through changes to IBM's System z operating system and middleware, Jeff has been instrumental to the strategic viability and revitalization of IBM's large system franchise over the course of his career.
Jeff was one of the founding architects of Parallel Sysplex, a re-engineering of the system 390 software considered vital in the transformation of IBM’s large system franchise to CMOS microprocessors. He served as chief architect for the Sysplex-optimized design of the WebSphere Application Server for z/OS. Jeff drove innovations in the areas of autonomic systems management, dynamic resource provisioning, and goal-oriented resource optimization, which are core tenants in IBM's Software Defined Infrastructure and Cloud Computing strategies.
Jeff is currently the lead architect for zEnterprise, the next-generation System Z hybrid server; a system bringing together traditional System z, Power, and x86 elements to create a workload optimized, integrated, virtualized enterprise server platform.