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Podcast interview with Carl Greiner, senior vice president at Ovum

 

 

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The mainframe is not dead, but it has certainly evolved. Says Carl Greiner, senior vice president at Ovum, the mainframe environment has changed from monolithic and centralized, to distributed and tightly intertwined with other computing resources in a complex enterprise infrastructure. As a result, mainframe operations staff faces a significant challenge: how to effectively manage the mainframe in this distributed computing environment.

Traditional mainframe management practices do not scale well to the distributed environment. These practices were developed when the mainframe was viewed as a resource, separate from the distributed IT infrastructure.  Consequently, IT was slow to integrate mainframe management with the management of the IT infrastructure's distributed components. IT can no longer view the mainframe as separate from the distributed environment.  Instead, IT must evolve its mainframe management practices to keep pace with the evolved distributed environment of the mainframe, managing it as an integral part of the IT infrastructure and from a business perspective.  That's the only way IT can align more closely with the business and improve service delivery, while holding the line on, or even decreasing, costs.

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White Paper: Keeping Pace with the Mainframe Evolution: What the Mainframe Can Learn from Distributed Systems -- Where ITIL Fits In

Podcast: What Can the Mainframe Learn from Distributed?

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Carl Greiner is Ovum's senior vice-president (SVP), infrastructure, for the Software and IT Services Group. Joining Ovum after 12 years at META Group, Carl held the position of SVP, directing data center (infrastructure) coverage. Prior to this, he was a SVP at Gartner Group, focusing on data centers and storage in the software cluster. His early career spans two decades with IBM, in numerous management positions. He was a dynamic influence across diverse areas, including sales, U.S. and A/FE marketing, product marketing and strategy responsibility, within the Enterprise Systems Group. Carl has a strongcustomer focus, and is committed to helping companies develop and deliver their market strategies. He covers data center infrastructure, addressing servers, storage, high availability, virtualization, consolidation, business continuity, disaster recovery, operations excellence, facility planning, and infrastructure management. He holds a Bachelor's degree and an MBA from Cornell University.

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When Your Business is Vulnerable: Podcast interview with Scott Crawford, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Management Associates; Burt Toma, Group Manager for BMC's Configuration Management Product Management Team; and Ross Brown, President of eEye Digital Security

 

 

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Today's IT vulnerability threats, coupled with regulatory compliance requirements, mean that the reality of securing operations has become much more complex. Today, with ITIL change processes, CobIT controls, Sarbanes-Oxley, and other factors, companies require an enterprise risk management approach that recognizes and mitigates the impact of risk on business services. Scott Crawford, senior analyst of Enterprise Management Associates; Burt Toma, group manager for BMC Software's Configuration Management Product Management team; and Ross Brown, president of eEye Digital Security, a leader in vulnerability management and assessment tools, discuss this topic and the evolving issue of who is responsible and who is accountable for IT security -- and the challenges that presents. Register for the Webinar: Comprehensive Enterprise Security and Vulnerability Management.

Regulatory, security, and governance imperatives have made managing risk a high priority for the enterprise, demanding comprehensive IT intelligence, threat and exposure expertise, and business awareness that gives risk management true meaning. Enterprise Management Associates examines BMC Software's Business Service Management values that, in partnership with eEye, differentiate the BMC Software risk management foundation. You can also register for the white paper, "Beyond Security - BMC and eEye Lay the Enterprise Risk Management Foundation."

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Vulnerability Management

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Burt Toma is senior product manager at BMC Software, in the Marimba product line. He has been in the technology industry for 14 years, managing security and server management products. Burt has held engineering, product management, and management consulting positions at companies such as Deloitte Consulting and Opsware. Burt holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Ross Brown joined eEye in 2005 as COO and now serves as the company's CEO. Prior to joining eEye, Mr. Brown served as vice president of Worldwide Sales and Channel Operations at Citrix Systems, during which time he was twice named to CRN Magazine's annual list of "channel chiefs." Prior to Citrix, Mr. Brown held management positions with MSI Consulting Group, Network Associates, IBM Corporation, and Tech Data Corporation. Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor's degree in organizational communications from the University of Central Florida.

 

Scott Crawford is a senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates, with over 10 year's of experience in information technology. An (ISC) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP), and Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Scott's expertise includes security architecture and policy, software development, and systems architecture and administration. He has conducted extensive research ranging from identity management and security infrastructures to assistive technologies; developed Windows applications as well as UNIX system integration code; and administered Windows and UNIX systems in both the private and public sectors.

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Doing Open Source Right

Posted by Tom Parish Mar 9, 2007
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Podcast interview with whurley (William Hurley), Chief Architect, Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, Inc.

 

 

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Bringing open source and commercial software models together may seem impossible at first glance, but whurley (William Hurley) understands the symbiosis. The future of systems management, he says, can be summed up in two words: eliminate complexity. And, the principles behind business service management (BSM) are key to eliminating complexity in the IT infrastructure and aligning IT with the business.

Whurley is responsible for creating BMC's open source agenda and overseeing the company's participation in various free, and open source software communities to advance the adoption and integration of BSM solutions. When you get right down to it, he says, open source has yet to fulfill on a lot of the promises that it has made, and he explains why. "Doing open source right" is what excites him most. Listen in, and find out more.

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Contact whurley and give him feedback on BMC's open source strategy

Steve Carl's Blog: Adventures in Linux

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Whurley (William Hurley) is the chief architect of Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, Inc. Famous simply as "whurley," he is responsible for creating BMC's open source agenda and overseeing the company's participation in various free, and open source software communities to advance the adoption and integration of BSM solutions. A technology visionary and holder of 11 important patents, whurley brings 16 years of experience in developing groundbreaking technology. He is the chairman of the Open Management Consortium, a non-profit organization advancing the adoption, development, and integration of open source systems management.  Named as an IBM Master Inventor, whurley has received numerous awards including an IBM Pervasive Computing Award and Apple Computer Design Award.

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