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Open Mainframe Project Announces the Launch of Zowe – an Open Source Framework that Strengthens Integration with Modern Enterprise Applications

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Rocket Software joins Open Mainframe Project as a Platinum Member to Drive Mainframe Innovation

VANCOUVER (Open Source Summit), August 28, 2018 – The Open Mainframe Project today announced Zowe, a new open source software framework that bridges the divide between modern applications and the mainframe, providing easier interoperability and scalability among products and solutions from multiple vendors. Zowe is the first open source project based on z/OS. In addition to this technical milestone, Rocket Software is now part of the Open Mainframe Project as a Platinum Member, joining Platinum members IBM and CA Technologies as key contributors to the Zowe framework.

With the ever-increasing deployment of hybrid architectures, a dynamic workforce that spans millennials to baby boomers and rising expectations in user experience, companies need more intuitive, productive and better integrated capabilities for z/OS. The Zowe mission is to enable delivery of such an environment through an extensible open source framework and the creation of an ecosystem of independent Software Vendors (ISVs), System Integrators, clients and end users. This new framework will enable an ecosystem of software solutions intended to provide a simple, intuitive environment for a variety of IT professionals performing administrative, development, test and operation tasks on z/OS, and help onboard the next generation of mainframe users.

Initial Zowe modules will include:
● An extensible z/OS framework that provides new APIs and z/OS REST services to transform enterprise tools and DevOps processes that can incorporate new technology, languages and modern workflows.
● A unifying workspace providing a browser-based desktop app container that can host both traditional and modern user experiences and is extensible via the latest web toolkits.
● An innovative interactive and scriptable Command Line interface (CLI) allowing new ways to seamlessly integrate z/OS in cloud and distributed environments.

These modules, including more that will be developed over time, will enable development teams to manage, control, script and develop on the mainframe like any other cloud platform. Additionally, the modules reduce risk and cost by allowing teams to use familiar, industry-standard, open-source tools so that they can accelerate mainframe integration into their enterprise DevOps initiatives.

“The mainframe continues to be a critical platform offering new possibilities for next generation applications. We are excited to participate with the OMP and Zowe community members to streamline the development process for applications leveraging the platform,” said Greg Lotko, General Manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. “We are committed to the Zowe initiative as it provides simplified and familiar infrastructure services for the mainframe benefiting both experienced and newer developers and will help our customers accelerate the time-to-market as they deploy their mission critical digital transformation strategies.”

“This strategic collaboration enables clients that rely on the mainframe for running their core business to simplify and speed application development, deployment and operations on z/OS,” said Barry Baker, Vice President, Z Software, at IBM. “This initiative brings together industry experts to drive innovation for the community of next-generation of mainframe developers that are new to the platform.”

Rocket Software Joins Open Mainframe Project
Rocket Software joins more than 30 other organizations and academic leaders as a member of the Open Mainframe Project, which launched in 2015. As a Platinum member, Rocket Software will appoint its CTO, Joe Devlin, to serve on the Open Mainframe Project Governing Board, which oversees the business and finance operations of the project.

“We are excited to welcome Zowe and Rocket Software as part of the growing community,” said John Mertic, Director of the Open Mainframe Project. “Bringing in a key player in the mainframe industry, along with a large project that will be the basis for many product offerings, showcases our community’s desire to embrace open source development principles to ensure sustainability of mainframe.”

“We are eager to contribute to Zowe and partner with the Open Mainframe Project to foster leadership and incubate innovation to keep the mainframe relevant into the future,” said Andy Youniss, CEO of Rocket Software. “Zowe will help leverage entire teams to open up mainframe DevOps to novice and experienced development teams with new capabilities, all of which instills confidence and promotes open source community collaboration.”

As an open source project under the Open Mainframe Project, any enterprise or solution developer can participate in the development of Zowe. All code from the Zowe project will be made available under the Eclipse Public License 2.0 (read more at https://spdx.org/licenses/EPL-2.0.html)

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the Open Mainframe Project was created to increase collaboration across the mainframe community and champion shared tool sets and resources. A core part of the project’s mission is to involve academic institutions to assist in teaching and educating the mainframe Linux and open source engineers and developers of tomorrow.

About the Open Mainframe Project
The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and Open Source in a mainframe computing environment. With a vision of Open Source on the Mainframe as the standard for enterprise class systems and applications, the project’s mission is to Build community and adoption of Open Source on the mainframe by eliminating barriers to Open Source adoption on the mainframe, demonstrating value of the mainframe on technical and business levels, and strengthening collaboration points and resources for the community to thrive. Learn more about the project at https://www.openmainframeproject.org

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Open Mainframe Project Adds New Academic Members for Expanded Global Reach

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Eight new academic members brings total membership over 30 corporate and academic organizations collaborating to advance open-source software for the mainframe

2017 Summer Interns also named with focus on Docker, OpenStack, Blockchain, Linux Monitoring Tools and Anomaly Detection Engine for Linux Logs

SAN FRANCISCO — March 21, 2017 — The Linux Foundation’s Open Mainframe Project announced today an expansion of its university partnerships with eight new academic members joining the project to help develop new talent and open-source innovations for the mainframe.

The new academic partners are: Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, HTL Donaustadt, Academic Mainframe Consortium, Hogeschool Gent,  EPSI – Academic Institution, European Mainframe Academy, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Since its inception two years ago, membership for the Open Mainframe Projects has grown to over 30 organizations, including corporate and academic partners. The mainframe is the core IT system handling critical data and applications for major organizations worldwide in finance, retail, insurance, transportation and government. Linux on the mainframe has been rapidly growing since being first introduced on the platform more than 15 years ago.

The Open Mainframe Project was created to increase collaboration across the mainframe community and develop shared tool sets and resources. A core part of the project’s mission is to involve academic institutions to assist in teaching and educating the mainframe Linux engineers and developers of tomorrow.

“The Open Mainframe Project has seen great success in enabling the mainframers of tomorrow through Linux and Open Source,” said John Mertic, Director, Open Mainframe Project. “The growth of the project, particularly with academic institutions, showcases the impacts being made in continuing to expand the mainframe ecosystem and attract the next generation of developers to advance the technology.”

In addition to the new academic members, the Open Mainframe Project also announced students and focus areas for its 2017 internship program. The project welcomes the following students to the internship program:

  • Roy Miner – North Carolina A&T State University
  • Kevin Lee – University of Illinois
  • Octavia Epps – North Carolina A&T State University
  • Isong Uyo Idio Jr – North Carolina A&T State University
  • Artem Minin – Syracuse University
  • Akanksha Srivastava – International Institute of Information Technology at Hyderabad
  • Sakala Venkata Krishna – International Institute of Information Technology at Hyderabad
  • Amit Kumar Jaiswal – UIET CSJM University

These students will be working on projects in one of the following areas: OpenStack, Blockchain, Linux Monitoring Tools and Anomaly Detection Engine for Linux Logs. The mainframe has become an important platform for supporting emerging cloud technologies, such as Blockchain and OpenStack, because of its security capabilities and role as the system of record processing some of the most important transactions and data for major institutions.

About New Academic Members for the Open Mainframe Project

Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts is characterized by practice-related teaching and research. The instructors develop and test specific methods that enable computer scientists to independently learn new topics and stay up to date. The bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Coburg University is one of the 10 best programs at German-speaking universities.

Goethe University is positioned among the top international research universities in the world and provides interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The Computer Science program offers the students an in depth perspective into:Soft and Hardware development, Robotics, Computer-based Neuroscience and Web-Technology

HTL donaustadt strives to create a positive, high quality educational environment for all of its students and faculty. Guiding principles in the digital space include:

  • Technical computer Science
  • Professional software development
  • Databases and information systems
  • Management, training companies
  • Network systems and distributed systems
  • Project management

Academic Mainframe Consortium was founded January 2016 at the University of Frankfurt. The main focus areas of this consortium consist of:

  • Exchange and sharing of teaching material
  • E-learning content
  • Infrastructures (LMS, computers, etc)
  • Operational Processes
  • Cooperation within the mainframe industry
  • Research / development
  • International cooperation
  • Press / Media work

EPSI provides training for a wide variety professionals within the IT space. Its courses offer essential knowledge in:

  • Steering, organization and management of information system developments
  • Project management
  • Provision and maintenance in operational condition of infrastructures
  • Support and assistance to users:
  • Method, quality and safety support
  • Operational management
  • Application life cycle

European Mainframe Academy, founded in 2007, is geared towards training the younger mainframe generation based on the concept of  “Blended Learning,” involving experienced and competent lecturers and partners. Pillars of guidance include:

  • Continuing further development of subjects and methods
  • Transfer of solid knowledge during the training
  • In-depth knowledge transfer via specialisation modules
  • Accomplishing skills and competence
  • Knowledge acquisition,and hands-on training sessions
  • ThinkTank  access to all virtual class room scripts for repeating and intensifying study
  • Exchange of experiences in regular update workshops
  • Enforcing self-learning competence
  • Intensive supervision by mentors and coaches in the companies

Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Computer Science covers core areas of computer science with a focus on data science and cybersecurity.

Hogeschool Gent Bachelor of Applied Computer Science program helps prepare students for industry with focuses on business, entrepreneurship, and international studies.

Supporting Quotes from New Members

“We consider the membership in the Open Mainframe Project as a good opportunity to provide our students with latest information and resources on Open Source Software in the context of System z Mainframes. We also hope to motivate students to engage in Mainframe-related Open Source Software (OSS) projects and to encourage new research activities in the field of Mainframe Software Engineering using OSS components.“ – Professor Dr.  Philipp Brune, Business Information Systems Engineering Department of Information Management, Goethe University

“Students can choose among several areas of specialization, such as  Software Technology, Business Informatics and Embedded Systems. Accordingly, they are offered a wide range of available subjects, thus topics related to IBM’s mainframe technology are a valuable extension  to Coburg’s CS portfolio.” – Michael Engel, Professor, Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts

“The open mainframe project presents an excellent opportunity to our students to get experience within the growing market of Linux on Mainframe through internships and projects.  Furthermore, it is an ideal way of making contact with (international) professionals hence allowing our students to start and/or expand their professional network.” – Noemie Slaats, Voorzitter Vakgroep Informatica, Lector, Hogeschool Gent

“We from the European Mainframe Academy are educating new Mainframers and beside the “classic” Mainframe with z/OS, we also teach the open Mainframe with Linux, Docker, different kinds of virtualization, and other open source technologies. We are excited to be part of the Open Mainframe Project” – Wolfram Greis, European Mainframe Academy, Switzerland

“Today’s mainframe is NOT your father’s mainframe.  The Open Mainframe Project is bringing forth today’s newest technologies, e.g. learning machines, blockchain, cognitive programming, advanced security and sustainable cloud computing, to the world’s fastest, most mature and efficient system.  If you thought you knew mainframes… look again.  membership in the Open Mainframe Project has given us a front row seat, in the new evolution of mainframes.” – Robert Dahlberg, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering, Computer Science Department

“Especially for all kinds of academic institutions it’s important to get students in touch with mainframes. The Open Mainframe Project offers a lot of opportunities. As contribution to the project, we plan to set up a Docker installation under Linux on z Systems with a gnuCOBOL development environment allowing very easy access to an open COBOL compiler.” – Wolfram Greis, Founding Board Member, Academic Mainframe Consortium

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.

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Open Mainframe Project Announces Member Growth and Successes in Internship Program

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SHARE,  Canonical, GT Software,  and Albany State University are now contributing to the project; New Internship Program demonstrates successful outcomes in technical areas of focus.

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced additional members of its Open Mainframe Project that will further collaborate among industry partners, and the completion of the first round of a new internship program, dedicated to driving awareness within academic communities.

Launched just over a year ago, the Open Mainframe Project celebrates its first birthday by adding  four new members, including Albany State University, SHARE, GT Software, and Canonical. Since its inception last year, membership for the project has grown from 13 to 23 active organizations. More than 40 percent of enterprises with IBM z Systems mainframes have Linux running on the platform.

The growth of Linux on the mainframe is important because of the innovations it can provide to a platform that serves as the IT backbone of the global economy. The mainframe is the core IT system handling critical data and applications for major organizations worldwide in finance, retail, insurance, transportation and government.

New Members Expanding the Open Mainframe Ecosystem

SHARE is an independent volunteer-run information technology association that provides education, professional networking and industry influence. Executive Director and COO, Donna Hudi tell us, “As enterprises around the globe continue to rely on the security and performance of the mainframe to support their business operations, equipping the next generation of IT professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge is of critical importance. SHARE is excited for the opportunity to be able to support the Open Mainframe Project’s efforts to build and foster a community dedicated to Open Source support of the mainframe and to help engage the next generation of enterprise IT professionals.”

Canonical was created alongside Ubuntu to help it reach a wider market. Their services help governments and businesses around the world with migrations, management, and support for Ubuntu deployments.  At LinuxCon 2015 in Seattle, Canonical and IBM announced plans to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE and z Systems. Canonical working with IBM deepens mainframe commitment to open source by bringing forward the best workloads of the open world in order to help clients embrace new mobile and hybrid cloud workloads.

GT Software has revolutionized the process of accessing data to optimize business information across mainframe, distributed, and cloud platforms.  GT provides Mainframe integration solutions such as  “Ivory Service Architect,” which allows for the quick extension of access to mainframe applications, data and processes with no code written, generated, or changed and with no additional MIPS usage.  The software makes mainframe integration seamless, regardless of platform, programming language and data format.  At GT Software we are always looking for ways to remain cutting-edge and innovative in the mainframe space. By joining the Open Mainframe Project, we look forward to collaborating with other members and expanding the capabilities of our pioneering data access and integration solutions,” stated by Chief Technology Officer Jeff Andrews of GT Software.

Albany State University has a mathematics and computer science department dedicated to preparing students for careers in a broad range of information technology opportunities and many related fields. The department believes in “Empowering People through Information.” Kathaleena Edward Monds, Ph.D Professor of Informations systems,  and Co-Director, Center for Economic Education/Small and Minority Entrepreneurship tell us, “Our engagement in the Open Mainframe Project provides an opportunity for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) exposure to important skills and technologies that will help them compete in the competitive marketplace.  Albany State University students and faculty recognize the important role that mainframes are playing in the ‘big data’ arena; thus, we wanted to find ways to strengthen our academic and professional networks so that students are able to transfer learned knowledge from the classroom into internships and professional placements.”

First round of Open Mainframe Intern Project drives interest in the Academic Community

The Open Mainframe Project has successfully completed the first round of its new internship program, aimed to accelerate the development and create awareness of  mainframe systems among academic communities.

Students were paired with mentors who are professionals in the mainframe space and worked with them to complete a project over a 10-week period.  At the end of the internship, the students had the opportunity to participate in a leading mainframe conference to showcase their work, putting them in front of potential employers in the industry. This year, the interns attended SHARE Atlanta:

“My experience at SHARE was one of the best experiences of my life… Having the chance to go and present what I worked on for the past 10 weeks made me feel that others cared about my work. My project was about creating docker Images of development stacks to work on LinuxONE’s s390x Architecture.  I am a Mainframer”

Allen Ng, Open Mainframe Project Intern

The Open Mainframe Project will accept another eight interns for the next round of this program. More details to come early 2017.

For more information, please visit: https://www.openmainframeproject.org/

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.

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The Linux Foundation

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

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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 adding JIT support to the z port of OpenJDK, enabling a variety of up-stack open source projects that inherently depend on OpenJDK.
  • Docker support. This effort will look at accelerating the Docker ecosystem on the mainframe. It will also leverage key mainframe know-how to enhance Docker for highly-available virtualized systems.
  • Blockchain support, which will focus on performance of and enhancements to the Hyperledger Project and target 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: https://github.com/openmainframeproject/ade.

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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Linux Foundation Brings Together Industry Heavyweights to Advance Linux on the Mainframe

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Linux Foundation Brings Together Industry Heavyweights to Advance Linux on the Mainframe

Open collaboration among academia, government and corporate partners to advance an enterprise-grade platform for Linux

SEATTLE, LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon, August 17, 2015 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the Open Mainframe Project. This initiative brings together industry experts to drive innovation and development of Linux on the mainframe.

Founding Platinum members of the Open Mainframe Project include ADP, CA Technologies, IBM and SUSE. Founding Silver members include BMC, Compuware, LC3, RSM Partners and Vicom Infinity. The first academic institutions participating in the effort include Marist College, University of Bedfordshire and The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at University of Washington. The announcement comes as the industry marks 15 years of Linux on the mainframe.

In just the last few years, demand for mainframe capabilities have drastically increased due to Big Data, mobile processing, cloud computing and virtualization. Linux excels in all these areas, often being recognized as the operating system of the cloud and for advancing the most complex technologies across data, mobile and virtualized environments. Linux on the mainframe today has reached a critical mass such that vendors, users and academia need a neutral forum to work together to advance Linux tools and technologies and increase enterprise innovation.

“Linux today is the fastest growing operating system in the world. As mobile and cloud computing become globally pervasive, new levels of speed and efficiency are required in the enterprise and Linux on the mainframe is poised to deliver,” said Jim Zemlin executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Open Mainframe Project will bring the best technology leaders together to work on Linux and advanced technologies from across the IT industry and academia to advance the most complex enterprise operations of our time.”

The Open Mainframe Project will focus on finding 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. The Project will seek to significantly broaden the set of tools and resources that are intended to drive development and collaboration of mainframe Linux. It will also aim to coordinate mainframe improvements to upstream projects to increase the quality of these code submissions and ease upstream collaboration.

The Open Mainframe Project will establish a neutral home for community meetings, events and collaborative discussions providing structure around the business and technical governance of the project. It will involve key academic institutions in order to increase the future talent pool of mainframe practitioners and technical experts. The Linux Jobs Report shows us that IT professionals who know Linux can look forward to a lucrative career, and success of Linux on the mainframe platform will benefit upon there being a rich talent pool of Linux professionals.

IBM today at LinuxCon is also making important announcements about Linux on the mainframe, including its new LinuxONE platform. For more information, please visit: ibm.biz/BdX938.

The Open Mainframe Project is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Collaborative Projects are independently supported software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. By spreading the collaborative DNA of the largest collaborative software development project in history, The Linux Foundation provides the essential collaborative and organizational framework so project hosts can focus on innovation and results. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects span the enterprise, mobile, embedded and life sciences markets and are backed by many of the largest names in technology. For more information about Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects, please visit: http://collabprojects.linuxfoundation.org/

For more information about the Open Mainframe Project, please visit: https://www.openmainframeproject.org/

Comments from Members

ADP

“We’re looking forward to the results of this collaboration on the Open Mainframe Project, which we expect will dramatically advance the technologies we use to run our business,” said Steve Conger, VP Mainframe Systems Technology, ADP.

BMC

“The explosion of digital business and mobile apps that utilize mainframe cloud infrastructures running Linux continues to grow and fuels a need for new technologies. As a founding member of the Open Mainframe Project, we are excited to put our long history of mainframe innovation and commitment to work to advance and accelerate transformative technologies for Linux in the enterprise,” said Bill Miller, President, ZSolutions Optimization, BMC Software.

CA Technologies

“CA Technologies is pleased to be a founding member, in partnership with key industry leaders, of the Linux Foundation’s Open Mainframe Project,“ said David Hodgson, General Manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. “CA has long been a leader in management tools for existing Linux platforms both on and off the mainframe. We continue to invest in innovation and technology that enables customers to utilize the mainframe as their open platform of choice for a more secure, robust, scalable and cost effective environment. As a mobile-to-mainframe solution provider we are eager to partner with the Linux Foundation to foster leadership and incubate innovation to propel the mainframe into the future and help customers win in the application economy.”

Compuware

“Over the last 50 years, IBM mainframes have evolved to hold the position as the world’s most advanced business compute platform. Nothing comes close in performance, reliability, security and resource efficiency. In a world where big no longer beats small, rather fast beats slow, Linux on the mainframe combines big and fast on a single platform to create opportunities for innovation and new mainframe workloads. Compuware is a proud and committed founding member of this Linux Foundation project and looks forward to collaborating on this worthy mission of mainframe innovation,” said Chris O’Malley, CEO, Compuware.

IBM

“Demand has grown among academic, corporate and government partners for furthering the mainframe’s expansion into the open ecosystem,” said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM z Systems. “IBM looks forward to contributing our expertise to the community and learning from others to find innovative ways to combine the flexibility of open source software with the world-class speed, security and scalability of the mainframe.”

Marist College

“As an early adopter of Linux, open source, and mainframe technology, Marist has wholeheartedly embraced the use of these technologies within our business and curriculum,” said Bill Thirsk, Vice President of Information Technology / CIO at Marist College. “We are excited for the opportunity to participate in a community such as the Open Mainframe Project that will benefit the Linux environment and open source software on the mainframe.”

RSM Partners

“RSM Partners is very pleased to participate in this initiative, complementing our leadership of the UK Guide SHARE (GSE) z/Linux stream,” said Mark Wilson- Founder & Technical Director of RSM Partner. “With our sole focus on mainframe infrastructure consulting, our technical consultants have been involved with Linux on the mainframe since its beginnings. We’re currently building a Linux showcase environment on one of our in-house mainframes, helping both new and existing clients better understand the full potential of Linux on z.”

SUSE

“SUSE is eager to advance the mainframe ecosystem by joining the Open Mainframe Project as a founding member,” said Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing. “SUSE has been the No. 1 Linux on the mainframe for 15 years by working together with this ecosystem. The Open Mainframe Project provides an ideal environment to expand that collaboration in a way that increases choice and brings benefits to customers and developers alike.”

University of Bedfordshire

“This is an exciting time to be involved in enterprise technologies. The potential benefits of open source systems optimized to run on the mainframe’s highly scalable and reliable architecture are very significant,” said Herbert Daly, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Technology. “The Open Mainframe Project offers our staff and students a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with an outstanding field of talent, dedicated to shaping the future of business critical enterprise computing”

Vicom Infinity

“Since its inception, Vicom Infinity has been deeply involved from a business, technical, and financial perspective with Linux and Open Source on the IBM z Systems Mainframe,” said Len Santalucia, CTO and Business Development Manager at Vicom Infinity. “We sponsor Linux on z Systems customer councils and user groups across the USA, assist colleges and universities with integrating Linux and Open Source into their z Systems curriculum, and have helped hundreds of clients worldwide implement Linux and Open Source on their IBM z Systems Mainframes. With the advent of the Open Mainframe Project, Vicom Infinity believes Linux and Open Source on the IBM z Systems Mainframe will be taken to a new level and significantly increase the utilization of Linux and Open Source in Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social Media, and Security in IBM z Systems Mainframe environments”.

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