Inteleca IT Business Solutions Announces Full Lifetime Warranties on all IT Hardware

Inteleca IT Business Solutions Announces Full Lifetime Warranties on all IT Hardware

Far surpasses that of OEM and extended warranty offerings 

Atlanta, Georgia—April 20, 2017—Inteleca, North America’s leading provider of IT Business Solutions, announced today that it will now be offering lifetime warranties on all hardware sold to end-users, beginning April 19, 2017. In addition, the company will continue providing an extended warranty to all resellers—far exceeding that of many hardware providers.

The move to offer lifetime warranties comes as part of Inteleca’s new brand and its established legacy of customer-centric market positioning. Inteleca continues to draw a stark comparison between its services and its competitors’ services—competitors who only offer 30 days of protection. Inteleca end-user customers can now look forward to full lifetime warranties on all IT hardware products, including the high-end networking equipment that they purchase.

The new lifetime warranty is also in lockstep with the company’s history—from its inception, Inteleca has always provided extended warranties to resellers, offering them a full 90 days. Like its end-user practice, Inteleca has always been dedicated to the reseller and channel community.

And for all end-user and reseller customers, Inteleca will also continue to offer its 10-day warranty that covers visual damage. Again, ensuring that any products delivered always meet expectations.

“Though many may find a lifetime warranty surprising—especially in this industry—we feel that it is an essential service for our customers,” commented President and CEO, Paul Hogg. “It is truly our core belief at Inteleca that our customers’ IT infrastructure is mission critical to their business. Therefore, we need to take as much of a stake in their business as they do to ensure their ongoing success. By extending them a lifetime warranty, they can now concentrate on far more important aspects of their business, knowing we are there to support them in this way.”

Inteleca end-user customers who need to exercise their warranties, will experience the company’s expert and expedited customer service. For any IT product, Inteleca will either repair it; replace it within 10 days upon receipt of the issue with the exact model, or a model with the same or better functionality; or fully refund the purchase price.

And for resellers who need warranty help, Inteleca will continue to field all service calls through their call center. If an issue cannot be resolved, the Inteleca team will immediately send a replacement and will then issue a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number for the return of the defective equipment.

As North America’s leading provider of IT Business Solutions, Inteleca has become the de facto company in providing top companies with infrastructure and architecture design, hardware procurement, and maintenance services, excelling in the design of vendor-neutral solutions. Furthermore, Inteleca is in the vanguard for its cutting-edge Cisco Optical Networking Solutions.

Inteleca continues to represent all major technology brands such as Cisco, Juniper Networks, Extreme Networks, Brocade, HP, Dell, IBM and Lenovo. In addition, the company is an industry leader in all aspects of the secondary IT hardware market, including new and Inteleca-certified, pre-owned networking hardware. Inteleca is an integral part of a global partner network that facilitates equipment delivery worldwide.

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DataKinetics further aligns with IBM z Systems to deliver mainframe analytics to global Fortune 500

Company working with IBM to collaborate on z Operational Insights

Ottawa, Canada – March 28, 2017—DataKinetics, the global leader in data performance and optimization solutions, officially announced today that it is continuing its rapid pace of innovation and once again expanding its offerings and alignment with the IBM z Systems™ Marketplace. The company’s latest endeavor brings about a newly developed agreement with IBM to deliver another value-added offering to global Fortune 500 IBM z Systems users.

This offering will enable firms to drive further performance from their IBM z Systems investments and continues DataKinetics focused support of the IBM z Systems Marketplace through innovative and valuable offerings.

As part of the z Operational Insights (zOI) service, DataKinetics and IBM will work together on the creation of an Insight pack focused on Data Performance and Optimization. The first Insight – the DataKinetics Data Performance Analyzer (DPA) – will provide customers with valuable insights on problem areas and offers specific actionable recommendations on how to optimize your system to drive greater mainframe data performance, address capacity constraints, and derive greater value from your investments.

“Our customers demand valuable innovation, not just tweaks or new products for the sake of new products”, said Allan Zander, CEO of DataKinetics. “For over 40 years, DataKinetics has been focused on listening to our customers across the Global Fortune 500 and delivering products and services that solve their biggest problems. That’s why we’re so pleased with this new aspect of our work with IBM. The zOI service truly resolves a longstanding market need and does so in an innovative way. Collaborating with another clear thought leader such as IBM was a natural fit. Together, the combined value that our respective companies are bringing to z Systems will be a game changer.”

“The cloud-based z Operational Insights service, provides clients with the means to gain a better understanding of efficiency improvements they can make to their z Systems,” said Mike Perera, Vice President, z Systems Software for IBM. “Through our work with DataKinetics, we are providing another means to address a critical industry need, combining the analytics with actual recommended actions.”

The z Systems ecosystem will be able to benefit significantly from the thought leadership of both IBM and DataKinetics.

DataKinetics continues to work with its high-profile portfolio of clients, including three of the top five global banks, three of the top five global credit card companies, three of the top five American property and casualty insurance companies, and two of the top five American health insurance companies.

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MDS Aero Support Corporation named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte

Becomes Gold Standard recipient for maintaining six consecutive years of Best Managed status

Ottawa, March 14, 2017 — MDS Aero Support Corporation, the global leader in Gas Turbine Engine Solutions, announced today that it has once again been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte Canada. Since 2012, MDS has received Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award, successfully maintaining its Gold Standard status and demonstrating its commitment to the program.

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is the nation’s leading business awards program, recognizing privately held Canadian owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies undergo a rigorous application process, but only those with sustained performance and strong financial results are awarded this prestigious designation. Applicants are evaluated by an independent panel made up of judges from Deloitte Canada, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and MacKay CEO Forums.

“It is once again a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte,” commented John Jastremski, President and CEO of MDS. “The ongoing dedication of our people—their relentless commitment to our clients and their incredible knowledge of the gas turbine engine industry—is what truly defines our company and our success. As we continue to grow globally, gaining unprecedented market share in a multitude of industries, our commitment remains unwavering as it is at the core of everything we do and every decision we make.”

Founded in 1985, MDS has steadily risen to a position of authority and leadership—proudly recognized as the global leader in Gas Turbine Engine Solutions, and the preeminent supplier of superior test facilities and test systems for the aviation, industrial and marine gas turbine engine community.

From complete turnkey facilities to comprehensive maintenance and operational support, for MDS there continues to be one underlying constant: a steadfast commitment to the provision of superior products and services to its clients around the world.

For more information regarding MDS’s full range of Gas Turbine Engine Solutions, please visit www.mdsaero.com.

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RTI International announces launch of Attēgo ESG Impact Solutions

Attēgo is a newly branded division focused on environmental, social and governance challenges

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI International has launched an independent division called Attēgo ESG Impact Solutions with the sole focus of providing environmental, social and governance impact solutions to organizations worldwide.

This division will work with commercial companies to identify sustainable solutions for large, complex commercial or industrial projects such as mining operations, energy infrastructure, and agricultural operations.

Attēgo will help companies identify and mitigate risks and develop plans that maximize local economic growth, build local capacity, and minimize potential negative impacts on the environment and local communities, ultimately bringing a return on investment to the company.

“RTI is uniquely positioned to provide this integrated solution to clients across resource-dependent industries,” said Wayne Holden, Ph.D., RTI president and CEO. “Launching Attēgo as its own division offers us the opportunity to extend RTI’s extensive knowledge in environmental resource planning, local capacity building and large-scale assessments to the private sector, where we can extend our impact and our mission to improve the human condition.”

Attēgo will bring together RTI’s social and environmental scientists, economists, statisticians, development experts, workforce and education experts, and others to address the complex challenges facing clients across numerous industries and sectors.

RTI created this new brand to address the need for innovative efforts around environmental, social and governance issues. The core of Attēgo’s strategy is in the four pillars of its ESG Impact Solutions: ESG Assessment, ESG Financial and Impact Optimization, ESG Implementation, and ESG Validation. Each is designed to address key aspects of impact projects: environmental, social and governance activities and investments that benefit stakeholders and that enable successful operations while also providing a financial return on investment.

These four pillars will enable Attēgo to identify, select, execute, and track impact projects from the beginning to the end of their life cycles. Attēgo’s comprehensive services will help to establish and maintain an organization’s social license to operate, as well as ensuring both immediate and long-term success for operators and investors.

“With an ever-evolving global economy and an increasingly transparent world, companies need a new approach for engaging effectively with local stakeholders, mitigating risks, and delivering positive returns to their shareholders,” said Jason Norman, managing director of Attēgo. “RTI founded Attēgo to address that exact need. It’s a tremendously exciting time for us at Attēgo: as we launch our new brand we have the depth of knowledge, talent and resources of RTI to support us.”

Attēgo ESG Impact Solutions include ESG Assessment Solutions that address the need for comprehensive, integrated information and data to inform key decisions and to identify and capture all risks and critical issues, and ESG Financial and Impact Optimization Solutions to enable the selection and optimization of impact projects so as to accurately deliver defendable business cases while establishing management and budgetary support for investments in impact projects over the long term.

Furthermore, Attēgo’s ESG Implementation Solutions are all directly tied to operational timelines, budgets, and reporting. Additionally, to enable sustainable ESG performance through accurate tracking and reporting over time, Attēgo’s ESG Validation Solutions can quantify ESG impacts, making related ESG efforts easier to support.

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DataKinetics further aligns with IBM z Systems Marketplace to deliver greater value to global Fortune 500

Company announces partnership with SMT Data to bring business intelligence to IT and vastly extend offerings to global market

Ottawa, Canada – February 23, 2017 – DataKinetics, the global leader in data performance and optimization solutions, officially announced today that it is once again expanding its offerings and alignment with the IBM z Systems™ Marketplace by delivering even greater value to global Fortune 500 IBM z Systems users. The company’s latest endeavor brings about a newly developed partnership agreement with SMT Data, a world leading Danish products and services company.

The partnership between the two companies will further enable global Fortune 500 firms to receive increased value from their IBM z Systems investments—value that far transcends simple mainframe performance and optimization—while simultaneously extending DataKinetics’ reach and commitment into mixed-mainframe and distributed environments.

The continued push from DataKinetics to support the IBM z Systems Marketplace will provide customers with unique insights into their company’s entire complex IT infrastructure, delivering information that is useful to all stakeholders and enabling the business and IT departments to make fact-based decisions more quickly.

Complementing its official strategic partnerships with zCost Management, HostBridge, InSoft Infotel, and SQData, the partnership with SMT Data adds a new member to DataKinetics’ world-renowned mainframe company alliance of ISVs focused on driving greater value from their clients’ z Systems investments.

“As a company that has been such an integral part of the global mainframe ecosphere—a legacy that has spanned 40 years—our strategic partnerships have always been paramount to our success. Partners who are highly vetted and scrutinized to meet those standards that best represent our Fortune 500 clients’ needs,” commented Allan Zander, CEO of DataKinetics. “It is for this reason that we are so pleased to announce our partnership with SMT Data. Their expertise, product leadership, and longstanding relationships with other global Fortune 500 customers and IT systems integrators make them a perfect fit. Together, the combined value that our respective companies can now bring to the industry will bring about a new era of possibilities for the mainframe world.”

“The dedication that DataKinetics brings to delivering superior solutions to the Fortune 500 spoke volumes when forming our strategic partnership,” said Jan Vilstrup, CEO of SMT Data. “Their leadership in data access optimization and enduring relationships with the world’s top companies, coupled with their technical expertise, were clear indicators that they uphold the same values as we do—ensuring customer success at every turn. Now, by combining our cloud and on-premises IT Business Intelligence solutions with DataKinetics’ zSystems skills—the partnership represents an offering unmatched by any other vendor.”

With the SMT Data partnership now official, together with the partnerships with zCost Management, SQData, HostBridge, and InSoft Infotel, Fortune 500 companies will be able to benefit significantly from DataKinetics’ vast offerings.

DataKinetics continues to work with its high-profile portfolio of clients, including three of the top five global banks, three of the top five global credit card companies, three of the top five American property and casualty insurance companies, and two of the top five American health insurance companies.

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planIT Hardware aligns with Global IT Hardware Distributors to provide Cisco, Juniper Networks, Extreme Networks, Brocade, HP, Dell, IBM and Lenovo

Launches new brand—Inteleca IT Business Solutions—to further garner North American marketshare.

planIT, one of North America’s leading providers of IT Network Hardware, announced today it will further align with global IT hardware distributors to provide end-to-end IT Business Solutions for companies that utilize brands such as Cisco, Juniper Networks, Extreme Networks, Brocade, HP, Dell, IBM and Lenovo in their network architecture. This new alignment is a strategic effort to enhance planIT’s marketshare throughout North America. As part of the new alignment initiative to bring global brands to its clients, the company has undergone a comprehensive rebrand: investing a significant amount in the company’s infrastructure and emerging as Inteleca IT Business Solutions.

Inteleca (formerly planIT Hardware) has become the de facto company in providing top companies with infrastructure and architecture design, hardware procurement, and maintenance services, excelling in the design of vendor-neutral solutions. Furthermore, Inteleca is in the vanguard for its cutting-edge Cisco Optical Networking Solutions.

Now, as Inteleca, it continues to represent all the major technology brands. In addition, the company is an industry leader in all aspects of the secondary IT hardware market, including new and Inteleca-certified, pre-owned networking hardware. It is also an integral part of a global partner network that facilitates equipment delivery worldwide.

“This has been an incredibly exciting year for all of us here at Inteleca,” commented Chief Executive Officer, Paul Hogg. “With our marketshare continuing to expand into all aspects of private and public sectors, we felt that it was necessary not only to rebrand, but also to make a significant investment in our infrastructure, team, and communications efforts. Our clients will continue to enjoy superior service—our commitment to our clients is an integral part of our continuing evolution. And now with our enhanced infrastructure, reach and communications initiatives, our clients will greatly benefit from the streamlined processes we have instituted to achieve operational excellence.”

“We have always remained focused on ensuring our team, our processes, and our delivery methodology is at the forefront of our operational infrastructure,” said Matt Edwards, Inteleca’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our level of scrutiny as it pertains to our in-depth product knowledge and the expertise to implement network design for the most demanding IT environments, is what has brought us to the forefront of the industry. Now, with the investments we have made to further align with our chosen technology vendors, paired with our compliance with ISO 9001:2008, we will ensure that Inteleca always delivers consistent, high-quality products and services to our clients. This next phase in our company’s growth, for both us and our clients, is set to be an exciting and beneficial time for all.”

Inteleca’s new focus on IT Business Solutions is aimed at mitigating the risk of downtime, reducing IT support and maintenance budgets, and delivering equipment retirement plans, asset refreshes, inventory management programs and end-of-lease terms. Furthermore, the company will now offer for decommissioned assets a variety of resale solutions: outright purchase, consignment, trade-in for future credit, or a combination of these approaches. For assets that have no recoverable value, Inteleca offers responsible recycling solutions according to EPA guidelines.

Inteleca remains headquartered in Smyrna, Georgia, USA.

For more information regarding Inteleca’s full range of IT Business Solutions, please visit www.Inteleca.com.

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DataKinetics Partner Introduces CMP-ready version software

Ottawa, Canada, September 19, 2016 – DataKinetics, the global leader in data performance and optimization solutions, announced today that their strategic partner zCost Management has released Version 4.0 of their highly successful AutoSoftCapping (ASC) system optimization solution for IBM mainframe systems.

zCost Management is an ISV specializing in capacity planning and cost control for users of IBM z Systems mainframes, and market the ASC product primarily in Europe. DataKinetics is an ISV and partner solution reseller, marketing ASC primarily in North America. ASC is a systems optimization solution that helps IT organizations manage the performance of mainframe systems while controlling monthly licensing charges, and will now accommodate IBM’s new CMP (Country Multiplex Pricing) sub-capacity pricing offering.

CMP allows mainframe customers to manage system capacity without the rules and limitations of previous sub-capacity methodologies. Many IBM customers are currently using IBM`s standard WLM sub-capacity pricing offering, but will be transitioning to CMP. With the introduction of ASC Release 4.0, zCost Management offers a new additional operating mode in ASC for clients eligible for CMP.

“As IBM rolls out their CMP sub-capacity pricing option, ASC allows us to help our customers when they need it most”, said Allan Zander, CEO of DataKinetics. “This new version of ASC is the perfect solution for customers suffering the pain of trying to manage new and growing workloads while operational costs are rising. This CMP-ready version of ASC will help them to get the most out of CMP pricing, improving performance and capacity while saving costs on growing workloads. To support CMP, zCost Management created a new feature called “Flying MSU” allowing MSU exchanges across all LPARs from all CPCs as within a single and integrated system. ”

“The ability to change, agility in change, reducing costs and controlling costs are the principle drivers for all companies”, said Jacky Hofbauer, President & CSO of zCost Management. “Our mission at zCost Management is to help customers to optimize their z/IT resources while reducing, controlling and analyzing their z/IT budgets. Version 4.0 of our ASC solution is strategic response to customers’ inevitable requirements based on new IBM announcements.”

For more information about DataKinetics, visit www.dkl.com. For information on zCost Management solutions, visit http://www.zcostmanagement.com.

 

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Syntegrity announces launch of New Brand and Communications Platform built to benefit Fortune 500 Clients

Syntegrity, the global leader in Business Orchestration Solutions, announced today that it has launched its new brand and communications platform built to benefit its Fortune 500 clients. The announcement comes just months after Syntegrity became a subsidiary of RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes.

The launch also coincides with the company’s ever-increasing success and expansion into the Business Orchestration Solutions market––having grown its client base to include the majority of the Fortune 500 list of organizations.

The new brand and platform—one that consists of a modernized look for the 15-year-old company—places a highly focused emphasis on its approach to its corporate communications practices, including a newly created website platform and a soon to be introduced state-of-the-art customer portal with a newly designed intranet and extranet.

The push to expand the organization’s communications comes with a highly dedicated and skilled communications team––one that will now be responsible for managing all of Syntegrity’s external communications efforts.

Clients can look forward to many educational and informative communications, including eBooks, white papers, weekly articles, informative videos, social media engagements, and more. The highly skilled Syntegrity Business Orchestration Specialists are the source of all the material, providing an abundance of insight and knowledge.

“We are excited to launch this new era for the company,” commented David Komlos, CEO of Syntegrity. “For us, the knowledge and experience of our staff combined with our proven scientific processes stemming from our Syntegration® platform, create the perfect undiluted approach––one that differentiates us from all other Business Orchestration Solutions providers. It is our goal to share this expertise through our communications practices.”

The new website and the newly created communications materials, present clients and potential clients with a focused and detailed view of what Syntegrity can offer.

“Syntegrity has always endeavoured to be a perfect example of a company that does things right,” said David Benjamin, Chief Technology Officer of Syntegrity. “Our goal is to deliver highly qualifiable and quantifiable Business Orchestration Solutions through meaningful communications—without the typical marketing speak applied to it. We greatly respect our customers’ needs and time, and will present materials in a way that does not seek to withhold detailed deliverables. In fact, for Syntegrity the details are what are most important––the transparency, honesty, and expertise that has lead to our continuous success.”

For more information regarding Syntegrity’s Business Orchestration Solutions, please visit www.syntegritygroup.com.

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DataKinetics once again named as one of Canada’s Top Companies 
on the Branham300 List

Ottawa, Canada – May 2, 2016 – DataKinetics, the world leader in Data Performance and Optimization Solutions, announced today that it has once again been named as one of Canada’s Top Companies on the Branham300 List for 2016—making this the second consecutive year.

DataKinetics saw a banner year in 2015: it experienced double digit revenue growth in the mainframe data performance and optimization space, and achieved an impressive list of clients representing Global 100 companies. Furthermore, the company spearheaded the creation of PlanetMainframe, an alliance of the world’s top mainframe solutions provider companies. PlanetMainframe is now the world’s definitive resource for mainframe technology.

In addition to its tremendous growth, DataKinetics expanded its strategic Partner Alliance, welcoming InSoft Software, a world-renowned software development, training and consulting firm and fully owned subsidiary of Infotel. The partnership, which is centered on a multinational conglomerate of global leaders in the Fortune 500–focused mainframe space, began with the addition of HostBridge, SQData and zCost Management during the first quarter of 2015.

DataKinetics also signed a partnership agreement in 2015 with Australian mainframe products and services company SCP (Strategic Consulting Partnerships) based in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. The partnership further aligns DataKinetics with the desire of the Global Fortune 500 to receive as much value as possible from their IBM z Systems investments, value that far transcends simple cost reduction, while simultaneously extending DataKinetics’ reach and commitment into the Australia, Southeast Asia and New Zealand markets check this.

Additionally, DataKinetics launched a spin-off company: omNovos. It created omNovos to address the rapidly growing demand for omni-channel customer engagement solutions in the global retail market space. Within its first year, omNovos announced the acquisition of Vancouver-based mobile payment solution specialist MiniCheckout—the purchase added new functionality to the omNovos solution suite, as well as significant product development expertise to the omNovos team.

The new venture, having already expanded into the North American and European markets, offers a host of omni-channel customer engagement solutions including customer retail engagement applications for both consumer and in-store staff, omni-channel marketing automation solutions, and professional services for data integration.

Now, validating the company’s expansion and subsequent growth activities, DataKinetics has again been officially listed on the Branham300 for 2016—continuing its climb up the rankings. As part of the Branham Group, a company that provides “Go to Market” direction to global IT products and services companies, the Branham300 offers a snapshot of the Canadian IT market and provides a gauge by which companies measure their success.

“We are pleased and proud of our financial results and growth in 2015,” commented Randy McCoy, Chief Financial Officer, DataKinetics. “With an impressive double digit revenue growth in the global mainframe software solutions market—the team’s dedication and hard work truly represents top of class performance. Now, with yet another highly successful year behind us, and with 2016 off to a record start, our steady growth provides us with the profitability and cash flow to further invest in strategic initiatives to advance our position as the global leader in data performance and optimization, including our current geographic expansion in both ASEAN and Latin America.”

“The Branham300 is designed to promote Canada’s Information and Communication Technology industry and the people who build technology businesses in Canada,” said Wayne Gudbranson, CEO, Branham Group. “This year, we were thrilled to see Canada’s Top 250 companies set another revenue record. It is a testament to the strength of our ICT sector.”

With more than 38 years of experience in the field of data performance and optimization, DataKinetics continues to help its global clients leverage existing systems, optimizing the issues that hold them back and propelling them to greater value and success.

For more information regarding DataKinetics Data Performance and Optimization Solutions, please visit www.dkl.com. Additional links include www.omnovos.com, and www.planetmainframe.com.

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Open Mainframe Project Announces New Membership Investments as it Hones Technical Focus for Advancing Linux on Mainframe

DataKinetics, East Carolina University, Hitachi Data Systems and Sine Nomine Associates to contribute to project; technical areas of focus and new internship program accelerate development

LAS VEGAS, IBM Interconnect 2016, February 23, 2016 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced an expansion of its Open Mainframe Project that will further collaboration among industry and academic partners and create areas of focus for advancing Linux on the mainframe for the benefit of the community and industry.

Launched just six months ago, the Open Mainframe Project is adding four new members, including DataKinetics, East Carolina University, Hitachi Data Systems and Sine Nomine Associates. These new investments signal the importance of this technical and market collaboration as Linux on the mainframe continues to grow. The Open Mainframe Project is also announcing areas of technical focus as determined by its Technical Steering Committee (TSC) – JIT for OpenJDK, Docker support, Blockchain and Linux monitoring tools – and a new internship program in which students will work with industry professionals to complete real-world projects for Linux on the mainframe.

“Linux continues to be embraced by more mainframe organizations than any other platform because of the flexibility it provides,” said Len Santalucia, chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project Governing Board. “The newest investments in the Open Mainframe Project demonstrate the importance of this work, as does the commitment to specific areas of technical focus and a formal internship program that can speed innovation and bring to bear new ways to take advantage of this powerful technology.”

Growth in Members Expands an Already Diverse Set of Organizations

DataKinetics is the global leader in data performance and optimization solutions. The company optimizes data throughput and processing speeds for the world’s largest banks, credit card, brokerage, insurance, healthcare, retail and telecommunication organizations.

“We’ve spent the past 38 years working with our Fortune 500 customers to solve business and IT challenges. As such, we understand the unique challenges and critical need for scalable solutions,” said Allan Zander, chief executive officer, DataKinetics. “As a proud member of the Open Mainframe Project, we’re eager to collaborate and contribute to the future technologies that further enhance the value of the mainframe to the industry.”

East Carolina University (ECU) is a national research university enrolling more than 27,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Within the College of Engineering and Technology at ECU, programs in information and computer technology and computer science have offered mainframe curriculum components and even complete mainframe courses since 2012.

“ECU will continue to grow our mainframe curriculum as it is consistent with the strategic goals of the College of Engineering and Technology, as well as ECU. Moreover, ECU believes mainframe skills provide our students with an excellent opportunity to obtain career positions with established companies,” said Joel Sweatte, Director of IT and adjunct faculty member for the College of Engineering and Technology. “ECU perceives the Open Mainframe Project as an excellent vehicle to meld our already extensive Linux curriculum with the growing mainframe curriculum. North Carolina, the university, and our students benefit from our participation in the Open Mainframe Project.”

Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, that provides modular mid-range and high-end storage systems, software and services.

“Hitachi Data Systems is happy to join forces with IBM and others in the Open Mainframe Project to expand the ecosystem around Linux and open source software on the mainframe,” said Roberto Basilio, VP Product Management at Hitachi Data Systems. “Joining the Open Mainframe Project gives Hitachi a chance to lend its expertise in mainframe, storage, real-time automation, cloud-standards and software-defined infrastructure to this growing community and adds to our extensive open standards project participation.”

Sine Nomine Associates is an IT research and custom development engineering firm that transforms emerging technology into practical business solutions.

“The Open Mainframe Project is an important innovation as it provides a focal point for the long-term planning, deployment and exploitation of Linux on the mainframe,” said Neale Ferguson, Engineer at Sine Nomine Associates. “Linux on the mainframe has come a long way since it was released as patches in 1999. It has evolved from an adjunct to an organization’s IT environment to being front-and-centre. Now is the time to build on the momentum and ensure and coordinate the growth of this technology.”

Organizations involved in mainframe computing and Linux can learn more about membership opportunities at: https://www.openmainframeproject.org/about/members

Technical Initiatives Defined for Platform Growth

The Open Mainframe Project’s TSC is announcing its focus areas in 2016, which emphasize compatibility and support for rapidly growing technologies.

  • JIT for OpenJDK. This work will focus on building an open source JIT for those using open source products on Z and reduce the fragmentation caused by existing proprietary options.
  • Docker support. This effort aims to build Docker Hub content and build a reference microservices architecture for Linux on the mainframe.
  • Blockchain support, which will focus on Blockchain performance on Linux on the mainframe.
  • Assessment and certification of popular Linux monitoring tools on Linux on the mainframe.
  • Acceptance of the Anomaly detection engine for Linux logs, a contribution originally from IBM. The code is available today at Github: {insert link}.

Developers and mainframe enthusiasts can learn more about how to get involved with these efforts at: https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/openmainframeproject/tsc/projectplanning

Internship Program Launched to Grow Student Engagement

The Open Mainframe Project is also announcing a new internship program, which will both grow student contribution and advance the efforts to lower the barrier to entry for Linux on the mainframe.

Students will be paired with mentors who are professionals in the mainframe space and work with them to complete a project over a 10-week period. At the end of the internship, students will participate at a leading mainframe conference to showcase the work they’ve done, putting them in front of potential employers in the industry.

The Open Mainframe Project will accept eight interns through this program. The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2016. Interested students can learn more on how to apply at the following link: https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/openmainframeproject/internprogram

About the Open Mainframe Project

The Open Mainframe Project provides a neutral home for community meetings, events and collaborative development for Linux on the mainframe and involves key academic institutions in order to increase the future talent pool of mainframe practitioners and technical experts. The Open Mainframe Project identifies ways to leverage new software and tools in the Linux environment that are ideal for taking advantage of the mainframe’s speed, security, scalability and availability; seeks to significantly broaden the set of tools and resources that are intended to drive development and collaboration of mainframe Linux; and aims to coordinate mainframe improvements to upstream projects to increase the quality of these code submissions and ease upstream collaboration. For more information, please visit: https://www.openmainframeproject.org/

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