IBM Moves zEnterprise Deeper into Analytics and Cloud

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New business analytics and cloud software solutions from IBM - including new versions of the DB2 and IMS databases, and new Cognos analytics tools - aim to help zEnterprise clients take advantage of new workloads.  

“The IBM zEnterprise platform provides superior efficiency, agility and security to businesses requiring a range of workloads that meet their customers’ needs,” said Pat Toole, general manager of IBM System z. “We remain focused on creating and delivering scalable, open and cost effective platforms for analytics, cloud and mobile workloads.”

The new IBM DB2 11 for z/OS enables enterprises takes advantage of the scale, performance and availability of zEnterprise to integrate the results of Hadoop processing into its enterprise datastore, IBM said. In addition, enterprises using IBM IMS 13 have the ability to combine integrated analytics with unstructured and social data, merging knowledge from various types of data and eliminating the need for separate, siloed systems.    

IBM also announced IBM Cognos TM1 for zEnterprise, designed to provide insight for chief financial officers to create, analyze and manage sophisticated financial plans, providing greater visibility into enterprise profitability. This new software offers a package of enterprise planning, budgeting and analytics tools for company-wide performance management and optimization. The software also supports a range of business requirements from high-performance, financial analytics and modeling to enterprise collaboration across all lines of business. The software can be extended through the cloud with reliable and secure access from mobile devices. 

IBM also will ship a new IBM Capacity Management Analytics solution, intended to help IT managers track, predict and avert performance issues and unforeseen capacity requirements before they occur, ensuring the availability of services for end customers. This new solution incorporates predictive analytics capabilities bringing together business and performance data for applications running on a zEnterprise platform and pinpoints the existing and potential resource issues before they affect a company’s business operations. The solution integrates Cognos, SPSS and Tivoli Decision Manager software with custom templates to provide graphical insights into resources and capabilities. 

The latest enhancement to the zEnterprise cloud solution portfolio is the IBM Entry Cloud Configuration for SAP Solution on zEnterprise v2. This cloud enablement offering combines high-performance technology and services to automate, standardize and accelerate day-to-day SAP operations for reduced operational costs and increased ROI.

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