Jonathan Adams

The data center factory

Posted by Jonathan Adams Aug 30, 2011
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Consider your data center as a factory, and the “products” you deliver are business services. You need to know how many widgets you have in inventory, how many have been purchased, and other details to ensure that you meet production deadlines. Because any slowdown or disruption of the IT “production line” can have serious business consequences, it’s important to keep the IT factory running smoothly and at high performance levels.



Like all factories, IT has multiple production lines (applications) producing a variety of products (services). You need to know the status of complex applications, and you need to keep IT, applications, and business operations personnel informed about the performance of the “production lines.” Access to the appropriate information enables faster decision making, reduces risk, and improves performance.



Middleware operates like a conveyor belt in a factory production line in that it guides products through multiple stages of manufacturing. It ties together the various application components in a logical sequence and provides the necessary communication among the components. How do you implement an effective middleware performance management infrastructure? Start with the strategies discussed here.



Keep your IT factory running smoothly with the right tools.




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IDUG one-day seminars take a deep dive into specific aspects of DB2 with some of the most renowned speakers in the industry.


Date     18 November 2011

Time     09:00 AM to 05:00 PM 

Venue   Clarion Congress Hotel, Prague

Cost     Paid Conference Delegate €450; One-Day Educational Seminar-Only €495 (The additional fee includes breakfast, lunch, and course materials.)


Select from the following session topics:


  • DB2 10 for z/OS - In Depth, Phil Grainger, Cogito/Grainger Database Solutions
  • DB2 Intermediate and Advanced SQL, Daniel Luksetich, Yevich Lawson & Assoc Inc.
  • I Didn't Know DB2 did THAT!, Bonnie Baker, Bonnie Baker Corporation
  • Optimizing DB2 for z/OS System Performance Using DB2 Statistics Trace, John Campbell, IBM Corporation
  • Rocket Science: DB2 for LUW Performance Analysis and Tuning Workshop, Scott Hayes, DBI


Register today.


See you in Prague!

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Guest post by Dani Scherer, Solutions Marketing Manager

J.R.R. Tolkien created a fantasy world of Hobbits, Elves,and more based in Middle-earth, in which wars were fought and rings were found.

The middle part of your data center may seem as complicated as Tolkien’s Middle-earth, but you have tools to demystify it. The updated BMC Middleware Management solutions:


  • Provide an in-depth view of application flows
  • Manage middleware in public, private or hybrid cloud environments
  • Proactively analyze and identify middleware andapplication problems before they happen
  • Support the IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50


Integration with BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management enables end-to-end transaction tracing.


The IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 provides middleware as part of the hardware. BMC Middleware Management monitors and manages both software and hardware middleware technologies. 


BMC Middleware Management may not help the Hobbits traverse Middle-earth, but they will make it much easier to manage your middleware environment.


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Jonathan Adams

We are the world

Posted by Jonathan Adams Aug 11, 2011
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Six steps to successful globalization


Working with users across time zones and continents is the rule, not the exception in 2011. But how can your data center meet the challenges?


Check out this article from Bruce Chen in BMC VIEWPOINT to find six steps to ensuring that your data center is ready for globalization.

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Data relationships, that is.


Most databases - both on and especially off the mainframe - are relational. DB2, Oracle, Access, and SQL Server are some of the most widely used databases. But how did databases evolve from their original hierarchical structure to the relational model?


IBM provides a fascinating story on the development of relational databases as part of their 100th anniversary celebration. While the concept of relational databases was introduced in 1970, DB2 was not made generally available until 1983. Since then, DB2 use has exploded. A recent survey showed that over 99% of mainframe shops had DB2.


Do you DB2?


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