IBM (News - Alert) has launched a new software line designed to help businesses take advantage of the surge in mainframe applications and the growing momentum behind enterprise mashups.
The total number of commercially-available mainframe software applications has now topped the 4,000 marked, primarily backed by the popularity of running Linux on the mainframe, growth of the System z client base in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil, and strong utilization of specialty engines.
The new software products announced by IBM are based on open standards, so that businesses can easily develop, deploy and manage mainframe applications and mashups using the same programming skills and management tools they are accustomed to for distributed computing environments and contemporary Web applications.
IBM Rational Asset Analyzer is the first software product offered by the company, which enables project managers, developers and other users to examine interdependencies between applications developed for the mainframe or distributed platforms using a new Web interface. The Web-based user interface reduces the administration cost of maintaining several client installations, and makes it easier to scale up to handle hundreds of millions of lines of code.
IBM Rational Team Concert for System z, the second product, will be made available in the fourth quarter of 2008. This software has been built on IBM's Jazz collaborative technology platform, and improves productivity and efficiency by having application developers collaborate across platforms and technologies, while breaking down geographic or organizational boundaries, so that geographically-distributed software delivery teams can write, manage and deploy applications on a mainframe.
IBM Rational Developer for z for SOA Construction will also be made available in the fourth quarter of 2008. The software exploits the latest Web technologies, such as Web 2.0 and rich Internet applications to enable the developers to maintain and extend existing mainframe applications, and integrate those applications with Web applications.
IBM WebSphere Portal for System z is yet another software product by IBM which will be provided to the users in the fourth quarter of the year. The software has been designed to securely combine information from both the enterprise and the Web, and brings complete Web 2.0 support to the users including the ability to do mashups.
IBM Tivoli zSecure suite is a family of software products to be made available in December 2008, and this suite enables customers to manage mainframe security administration, compliance and auditing. The users can deploy this software to administer the mainframe security server, monitor for threats, audit access and configurations and enforce policy for compliance initiatives.
IBM Tivoli Business Service Manager for z/OS is a software product that will enable effective decision making by providing businesses with real-time visibility into the health and performance of critical business services across mainframe and distributed environments directly from the z/OS platform with new zLinux operating system support. It will be made available on September 26.
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Edited by Mae Kowalke