IBM on Virtualisation

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

Thursday 19 November 2009, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Malcolm Beattie, IBM


Virtualisation on IBM mainframes was introduced over forty years ago. Since then, it has evolved in concert with mainframe hardware and microcode support to become the most functional, secure, reliable and lowest overhead virtualisation of any platform. The current generations of IBM mainframes ("System z") support two levels of virtualisation: Logical Partitioning (LPAR) and the z/VM hypervisor operating system and these, used both separately and together, support virtualisation of CPU, memory, I/O and all mainframe software.

This talk will introduce System z and its virtualisation capabilities from a technical viewpoint and also present examples of how enterprises are currently using these capabilities in production. This will include IBM's own "Project Big Green" in which the workload of 3900 separate physical servers is in the process of being consolidated onto only fifteen mainframes.


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 the System z University Program for Europe. He has over 17 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.

As manager of the university program, 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.