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Keep apprised of news, announcement and events with this handy reference to highlights and news links, organized by month.


Updated: 02 Dec. 2008
December 2008
z/VM 5.4 SDO Update
We've updated our z/VM 5.4 SDO information.
Hear about z10, z/VM, or Linux on System z
Consider spending a day with a regional user group for VM and Linux updates and to connect with colleagues. Below are opportunities for one-day events!
  • December 04, 2008
    PDF HILLGANG - The DC area Linux and z/VM users group in Herndon, VA

Live Virtual Classes (Webcasts) in December

Big Blue Goes Green: Update on Project Big Green
Speaker:
Mr. Bill Reeder, IBM System z Sales and Strategy; Americas Group
Day: Wednesday, Dec. 03, 2008
Two Times: 11:00 AM ET or 4:00 PM ET (US & CANADA)
View Abstract


Smart, Cool, Affordable - A VSE Perspective of the IBM System z10 Business Class
Speaker:
Mr. Mike Augustine, IBM - Offering Manager, System z
Day: Thursday, Dec. 04, 2008
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern U.S. (New York)
View Abstract


Mark your 2009 Calendar ...
The next IBM Technical Conferences for System z are:

IBM System z Technical Conference
... featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z
May 4-8, 2009
Brussels, Belgium
IBM System z Expo
... featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z
Oct. 5-9, 2009
Orlando, Florida


Software withdrawal - December 2, 2008
Selected IBM System z products. Some replacements available
US 908-280



November 2008
IBM Hardware Announcement (Nov. 18, 2008)
Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) authorization is expanded to include the OpenSolaris operating system
US: 108-875 CAN: AN08-1659 EMEA: ZG08-0912 AP & Japan: AG08-0865

IBM z/VM V5.4 announcement updated/corrected to include terms and conditions information related to OpenSolaris.

Read about System z Specialty Engines and Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engines.


Listen to IBM Webcasts
A totally Operating System Environment Manager (OESM) for z/OS improving the management of your z/OS environment
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Time: 11 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time

Register
Hear about z10, z/VM, or Linux on System z
Consider spending a day with one of the regional user groups for VM and Linux updates and to connect with colleagues. Below are opportunities for one-day events!
Service news
Newest service levels for HCM
Updated z/VM V5.4 Information
The z/VM LP Migration Matrix has been updated.


October 2008
IBM Announcements - October 21, 2008

Summary:
Announcing System z10 BC and new models of IBM System z10 EC


z/VM Updates for October 21, 2008

Listen to IBM Announcement Webcast
New IBM System z10 Technology: Smart, Cool, Affordable
Tuesday, October 21
Time: 8am PT (San Francisco Time), 11am ET (New York Time), 5pm CEST (Paris Time)
Duration: 60 minutes

Register
z/Journal for Oct/Nov 2008
z/VM: More Than Just a "Virtualizer"
by Mary E. Shacklett
October 28, 2008
Attention Students!
IBM Master the Mainframe Contest
This fall semester, IBM is running the 2008 Master the Mainframe Contest for college and university students across the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), and high school students are also encouraged to compete!

No experience with mainframes is necessary. In fact, the contest is designed for students with little or no mainframe experience, increasing with difficulty as the contest progresses. Students just need to bring drive and competitive spirit and they will be ready to compete.


Thanks for attending ...
The 2008 IBM Technical Conference for System z will be held in Las Vegas NV the week of October 13-17.
IBM System z Expo
... featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z

Oct. 13-17, 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
RIO All Suites Hotel
Hear about z10, z/VM, or Linux on System z
Consider spending a day with one of the regional user groups for VM and Linux updates and to connect with colleagues. Below are opportunities for one-day events!


September 2008
Common Criteria Certification
z/VM V5.3 withdrawn from marketing
z/VM V5.3 withdrawn from marketing Sept. 8, 2008
z/VM V5.3 ends service Sept. 30, 2010

z/VM V5.4 General Availability and updated materials
Generally Available on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
z/VM V5.4 resources
z/VM V5.4 vendor products (Thanks to Keri Borrego)
z/VM V5.4 CP Data Areas and Control Blocks (Thanks to Tom De Forest)
z/VM V5.4 CMS Data Areas and Control Blocks (Thanks to Tom De Forest)
z/VM V5.4 Monitor Records (Thanks to Patty Rando)
z/VM V5.4 RSU Information (Thanks to Susan Baloga)
z/VM V5.4 z/Architecture CMS (Thanks to Tami Zebrowski-Darrow)
z/VM V5.4 SDO (Thanks to Willian Rampazzo)
z/VM V5.4 Information Center (Thanks to Ken Davis)
z/VM V5.4 Performance report (Thanks to Brian Wade & perf team)
IBM Redbooks


August 2008
Hear about z/VM V5.4 and Linux on System z
Meet with the Baybunch user group on Friday, August 8 to hear Alan Altmark present the news about on z/VM V5.4 (just announced!) and Securing Linux with RACF on z/VM. Jim Elliott will present Linux on System z: A Strategic View.
Live Virtual Class (Webcast) in August

Title: z/VM Platform Update - Advancing the Art of Virtualization with z/VM Version 5 Release 4
Speakers:
Mr. Reed Mullen, IBM System z Virtualization Technology Product Manager
Day: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008
Time: 11:00 AM EDT US & Canada / 5:00 PM GMT
View Abstract
Listen to live call or to replay this LVC
Charts: PDF

Also, listen to past LVC's.


IBM Announcements - August 5, 2008

Summary:
Announcing new releases of z/OS, z/VM, and z/VSE

IBM z/VM V5.4 - Extending virtualization technology for System z
US - 208-249       --   Europe/LA: ZP08-0349
AP - AP08-0242    --    CAN: A08-1178

z/VM V5.4 resources

z/VM V5.4 General Information PDF

IBM C/C++ for z/VM V1.2 supports the latest programming standards US: ENUS208-245,   CAN: A08-1170 ,   AP: AP08-0238,   Europe/LA: ZP08-0392

IBM z/VSE Version 4 Release 2 is generally available to help enable growth (GA is planned for October 17, 2008) US: 208-237 ,   AP: AP08-0232 ,   Europe/LA: ZP08-0350 ,   CAN: A08-1147

IBM z/OS V1.10 offers new scalability, performance, availability, economics, and solutions for enterprise information US: 208-186 ,   AP: AP08-0186 ,   Europe/LA: ZP08-0337


Mark your Calendar ...
The next IBM Technical Conference for System z will be held in Las Vegas NV the week of October 13-17.
IBM System z Expo
... featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z

Oct. 13-17, 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
RIO All Suites Hotel
New drafts of IBM Redbooks
Do you want to write an IBM Redbook?
Here's your chance to contribute to a z/VM Redbook: Managing Userids and Passwords between ZVM and z/OS, ZS-PB07-R01
Nominations by: August 18, 2008
Residency begins: September 15, 2008
Residency location: Poughkeepsie NY
 


July 2008
Are you a System z10 customer without z/VM?
The z/VM V5.3 Evaluation Edition is a trial version of z/VM 5.3 that is intended to provide IBM System z10 customers with the opportunity to evaluate z/VM. (More ... )
SDO Updates
The SDO for z/VM 5.3 includes July 2008 service.
(With thanks to Willian Rampazzo and Zachery Korpela).
IBM Announcement
June 24, 2008
IBM High Level Assembler for z/OS, z/VM, and z/VSE V1.6 delivers improved programmer productivity and application reliability




June 2008
SDO Updates
The SDO for z/VM 5.3 includes June 2008 service.
(With thanks to Willian Rampazzo and Zachery Korpela).
IBM Announcement
June 10, 2008
IBM Operations Manager for z/VM V1.3.0 improves automation capabilities for z/VM and Linux on System z environments

Read more about IBM System and Storage Management products for z/VM.


Software withdrawal June 03, 2008
Software withdrawal: Selected IBM System z products -- Some replacements available
US: 908-114
Live Virtual Class (Webcast) in June

Title: High Availability Applications Using Disk Mirroring
Speakers:
Dr. Holger Smolinski, IBM Boeblingen
Susanne Wintenberger, IBM Boeblingen
Michael Daubman, IBM STG Lab Services
Day: Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Time: 11:00 AM EDT US & Canada / 5:00 PM GMT
View Abstract
Listen to live call or to replay of this LVC
Charts: (forthcoming) PDF

Also, listen to past LVC's.




May 2008
Hardware announcement May 6, 2008
IBM System z10 Enterprise Class: Helping to meet global 24x7 demands for information services with improvements for Internet access and coupling
US: 108-296
Updated service information:
VM Required Service to run on z10 EC as of 05-2008
Price change announcement: May 6, 2008
Price changes: IBM System z selected software products
US: 308-775
Live Virtual Classes (Webcast) in May

Title: High Availability for Linux on IBM Systems z Servers
Speaker: Scott Loveland, IBM
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
11:00 AM ET US & Canada / 5:00 PM GMT
Listen to live call or to replay of this LVC
Charts: PDF


Title: z/VSE Tools - An Overview
Speaker: Ingo Franzki - z/VSE Development, IBM Boeblingen Lab
Thursday, May 29, 2008
11:00 AM ET US & Canada / 5:00 PM GMT
Listen to LVC or to replay
Charts: PDF

Also, listen to past LVC's


Read a little...
Redbooks draft: Problem Determination for Linux on System z
 
New Information Center
Try out the new Information Center:
z/VM V5R3.0 Information Center - Beta
 


April 2008
Hear about z10, z/VM, or Linux on System z
Consider spending a day with one of the regional user groups for VM and Linux updates and to connect with colleagues. Below are opportunities for one-day events!
April Live Virtual Class (Webcast)

Title: Linux on System z Performance Update
Speakers: Mario Held, Martin Kammerer, Holger Wolf - All from Linux on System z - System & Performance Evaluation, IBM Lab Boeblingen
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
11:00 AM ET US & Canada / 5:00 PM GMT
Register/Listen to LVC


Title: Problem Determination with Linux on System z
Speakers: Steffen Thoss and Holger Smolinski of IBM Boeblingen
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
11:00 AM ET US & Canada / 5:00 PM GMT
Register/Listen to replay of this LVC
Also, listen to past LVC's


Enroll today ...
The next IBM System z Technical Conference in Europe is open for enrollment:
IBM System z Technical Conference
... featuring z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z

May 5-9, 2008
Dresden, Germany
Dresden Maritim Hotel and Conference Center
SDO Updates
The SDO for z/VM 5.3 includes April 2008 service.
(With thanks to Willian Rampazzo and best wishes to Barbara Johnson on her retirement from IBM.)
System z10 Seminar
The Future Runs on System z
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Boca Raton, Florida
PDF Information and registration
System z Storage Seminars
Information and registration Attend one of our free half-day technical seminars to learn how your mainframe can be used to flexibly store and protect data so that itís always ready to support business requirements
Hardware withdrawal - April 01, 2008
Hardware withdrawal: IBM eServer zSeries 990 systems, features, and upgrades -- Replacements available
US: 908-057     CAN A08-0327     EUR: ZG08-0272     AP: WG08-0057
IBM Seminars: Extending Your Mainframe for More Business Value
Attend one of our free technical education seminars for a fresh look at the mainframe -- from new tools that help you make better use of your assets, to the latest technology for boosting mainframe energy efficiency.
Dates, locations, and registration
System z: Lean and Green With WebSphere
Attend one of our free technical seminars to learn how the System z platform supports a new generation of SOA-enabled applications and saves costs.
Dates, locations, and registration
Catch the WAVV !
Looking for a few days of technical education on z/VM, Linux and z/VSE ? Consider attending WAVV on April 18-22 at the Marriott Hotel in Chattanooga, TN. If you're looking to minimize costs and time away from your desk, WAVV is sensitive to the costs of travel and training, and offers an extensive technical program.

Look for our z/VM developers Alan Altmark, Bill Bitner, Miguel Delapaz, Eric Farman and Romney White at WAVV !




March 2008
Customers ... tell your managers
The Linux on System z Executive Advisory council will be meet during March and April in in several US cities (Phoenix, LA, San Francisco, Dallas, NY, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta). Please make your managers aware so they can get an update on System z, Linux on System z.

The events calendar lists the cities and links to council specifics.


SAP on System z
Register for the April 9, 2008 SAP for IBM System z Update to be held in Poughkeepsie, NY
SDO Updates
The SDO for z/VM 5.3 includes February 2008 service.
(With thanks to Willian Rampazzo and Barbara Johnson)
Read a little...
z/Architecture Principles of Operation (SA22-7832-06),
Seventh edition (February 2008)

Redbook draft:
IBM System z Connectivity Handbook


IBM System z10 EC pricing announcement
IBM Processor Value Unit Licensing for IBM System z10 processors enhances software value over other processors (March 4, 2008)

US 208-048 - CAN A08-0363 - EUR ZA08-0126 - AP AP08-0048

Read more about Processor Value Unit (PVU) licensing for Distributed SW




February 2008
New Server Announcement

February 26, 2008
IBM System z10 Enterprise Class (z10 EC)

IBM announcement letters:
IBM System z10 Enterprise Class -- The forward-thinking mainframe for the twenty-first century
US: 108-154    Canada: A08-0208    Europe: ZG08-0289    AP: AG08-0154

The z9 EC has a blue stripe. What color is the stripe on the z10 EC ?

Updated z/VM Materials in support of the IBM System z10:


The next Live Virtual Class

David A's, the Green Architect's, top z 10 List
Speaker: David F. Anderson, PE Green Consultant, IBM
Monday, March 3, 2008
11:00 AM ET US & Canada / 5:00 PM GMT
Register/Listen to LVC
Also, listen to LVC's from 2007
Get the scoop on new products ...
IBM Webcast: The Future Runs on System z
February 26, 2008
02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

IBM has an extraordinary new product that we want to introduce to you. We can't reveal much about this amazing new product just yet. But we can tell you it can remarkably lower your power and cooling costs. It can help reduce floor space needs, and is designed to deliver significant capacity improvements. It's truly an amazing product that your data center has never seen the likes of before. Please be sure to attend the web seminar so you can see for yourself why we are so excited about this announcement.


Reserve your place ...
IBM Roadshow: The Future Runs on System z scheduled for many cities in US and Canada.
Going to SHARE ?
Consider attending the next SHARE meeting for your week of Linux and z/VM education (and more...)
Be sure to stop by the IBM booth in the Expo area on Tuesday to see the new System z10 EC.

February 24-29, 2008
Orlando, Florida
Disney's Coronodo Springs Resort
Read a little
Peek at this issue of z/Journal: Linux on System z Spotlight for white papers, webcasts, and these articles about Linux on System z and z/VM:
  • Selecting a Linux or Linux/390 Distribution, by Mark Post
  • Exploiting CMS and CP in z/Linux by Adam Thornton
  • Rexx Runs Everywhere Including Linux! by Howard Fosdick.
  • Playing Well With Others: Linux on z/VM by Adam Thornton

Feb. 5, 2008 - Software Service Discontinuance
Software Service Discontinuance: Selected System z products -- some replacments available
US (908-016) - CAN (A08-0140) - EUR (ZP08-0124) - AP (WP08-0016)


January 2008
Internet delivery for z/VM
Effective January 25, 2008, the z/VM base operating system and base options are available for Internet delivery for orders placed using ShopzSeries in countries where it is available.
See also How to Buy and SDO General Information .
One-day updates
Consider spending a day with one of the regional user groups for VM and Linux updates and to connect with colleagues. Below are opportunities for one-day events!
IBM Redbooks



December 2007
SDO Updates
The SDO for z/VM 5.3 includes December 2007 service.
(With thanks to Willian Rampazzo and Barbara Johnson)
Dynamic Volume Expansion on DS8000
z/VM provides toleration for Dynamic Volume Expansion, a new functional capability for the DS8000 series that was announced October 23, 2007.

More Live Virtual Classes for z/VM and Linux on System z
The December LVC's are availble for replay:
Linux on System z Security
by Peter Spera
Making z/VM and Linux Guests Production-Ready
by Jon vonWolfersdorf
DB2 Server for VSE&VM Version 7.5: New Features
Frank C. Fillmore, Jr., President, The Fillmore Group
Charts: PDF

Mark your 2008 Calendar ...
Technical Conferences with a focus on IBM System z

Feb. 24-29 Orlando, FL SHARE
April 18-22 Chattanooga, TN WAVV
May 05-09 Dresden, Germany IBM System z Technical Conference
Oct. 13-17 Las Vegas, NV IBM System z Expo
 

Software withdrawal - December 4, 2007
Selected IBM System z products. Some replacements available
US 907-245 EUR & LA ZP07-0510 CAN A07-2437 AP WP07-0245




Historical information
Link or view news or changes made during these years:
2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996.



 
Mark your calendar !
IBM training focused on System z, z/OS, z/VSE, z/VM and Linux on System z
 
May 04-08, 2009
Brussels, BE
 
Oct. 05-09, 2009
Orlando

 
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