Linux on Mainframes

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 18 November 2010, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Malcolm Beattie, IBM


In this session, Malcolm will give an overview of the mainframe hardware, virtualisation and Linux software stack that is now used by enterprises around the world to run mission critical business applications. He will cover the current generations of mainframe hardware technology including the IBM zEnterprise announced in July 2010. He will cover the mainframe virtualisation technologies (logical partitioning and z/VM) which have evolved side by side with the mainframe hardware over the last 40+ years to provide the most reliable and scalable environment for running virtual servers. He will cover the Linux operating system in this environment which now, 10 years after its port to the mainframe hardware architecture, integrates so well with mainframe hardware and virtualisation and is used by companies to run applications with strict High Availability and Disaster Recovery requirements in most typical business software stack areas such as DB2, Oracle (including RAC - Real Application Clusters), SAP, J2EE app serving (WebSphere Application Server, JBoss etc) along with vertical apps such as payroll and health care.


Malcolm Beattie works in IBM's System z (mainframe) pan-European software and hardware business as a Linux Technical Consultant and as program manager for IBM's System z Academic Initiative for Europe. He has 18 years experience with Linux and 10 years experience with mainframes. He provides technical sales support for European clients in the area of System z hardware and software, particularly z/VM virtualisation technology and Linux on System z.

For the System z Academic Initiative, he engages with educational institutions across Europe on the subject of "Large Systems Thinking" and enterprise computing with the System z platform. This includes curriculum discussions, lecturing, events for faculty and students and running "Zeus", the mainframe hub that provides online System z access to universities across Europe.

Malcolm began his mainframe career at IBM in 1985 and has also spent 9 years as Systems Programmer for Oxford University Computing Services where he worked on a number of open source projects (foremost of which was Perl) and designed and ran a number of the university's central systems. He holds an MA and DPhil in Mathematics from Oxford University.