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Running Mainframe z on Distributed Platforms: How to Create Robust Cost-Efficient Multiplatform z Environments by Stephen Norris, Kenneth Barrett

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Foreword

In my more than a quarter century of work on the mainframe platform, both with IBM and CA, I have had the misfortune (“opportunity,” in management-speak) to have had to deal repeatedly with the conundrum: “How do I provide an easily obtainable, flexible, and inexpensive environment for prototyping, developing, and testing code for the z/OS (nee OS/390, fka MVS) platforms.” Prior to the advent of effective hardware emulation, the answer was invariably some variation of the same theme: obtain a smallish 390 or System z server, put z/VM on it, and then virtualize my way to a brighter tomorrow. This, however, was only a limited solution, really available only to a serious player in the S/390 and System z software markets. Even with the deep ...

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