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Minneapolis – St. Paul CMG Meeting: Mainframe – Still Innovated At Any Age

October 29, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 3:30 pm CDT


The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend.


8:45– 9:00 Business Meeting – CMG Board – Morning coffee

9:00– 9:45  Really cool Z stuff – James Fyffe Jr.
Enterprise Systems Solution Architect; CISSP-ISSMP

Abstract:  For those of you that follow IBM Mainframe Technology, you realize IBM announced a new server on September 12, 2019. The announcement details are found here – https://www.ibm.com/it-infrastructure/z/news . Speaking as an IBM Premier Business Partner, this latest IBM Announcement will offer our client’s some rather unique features. One such feature is referred to as System Recovery Boost.  That is the focus of this session.TBD

Bio: Jim Fyffe works for Evolving Solutions as their Z Systems Solution Architect.  Jim joined Evolving Solutions in 2016 following a 36-year career with IBM working on and supporting IBM’s Z System Server Platform. Needless to say, Jim is enjoying his new role and having access to an IBM ZR1 Server.

9:45– 10:00 Break sponsored by Sirius

10:00 – 11:00  Mainframe innovation is finally on the move – Ken Steinhardt, Field CTO, Infinidat

Abstract: Attend this session to learn about a new solution that will provide you with performance and the flexibility to handle modern workloads without forgetting about your existing applications. At the same time, you’ll benefit from significantly improved ease-of-use, integration with your applications, and the ability to consolidate your older frames into a single floor tile.

Bio: Ken Steinhardt serves as Field CTO at Infinidat. He has held many different roles in the IT industry over the last 45 years, having started as a mainframe applications programmer and systems analyst, part-time when he was still in high school. After receiving his BS degree in Computer Science from WPI, Ken was at Digital Equipment Corporation for 16 years, EMC Corporation for 20 years, and most recently joined Infinidat from Pure Storage. His longest-tenured role was as EMC’s Vice President of Enterprise Storage & CTO for Global Product Sales. Specific to IBM Mainframes, Ken designed and implemented software for S/360 and S/370, managed DEC’s IBM mainframe competitive effort, and held multiple management and executive roles at EMC that entailed global responsibility for EMC’s mainframe storage business. He still has his original green S/360 instruction-set card.

11:00 – 12:00  Model9 Cloud backup for Z – Jimmy Ference – Mainframe Architect Sirius

Abstract: Model 9 is an alternative solution for mainframe tape backup vs. the traditional vendor hardware solutions. Jimmy will explain some of the solution, what it does, how it is set up and demos.

Bio:  Jimmy joined Sirius in 2016. His eleven-year background in the IT industry includes mainframe hardware, storage, replication and high availability system solutions, SAN implementation, data center design and infrastructure architecture, as well as management of mainframe engineers. Jimmy is involved with pre-sale, implementation and post-sale services for new and used mainframes. This includes coordinating the entire preparation and installation of the mainframe. The level of detail of involvement is driven by the client. Jimmy’s background in replication and recovery in addition to mainframe hardware has been utilized early in his career at Sirius to assist in guiding client HA and recovery decisions as well as implementations. For the past year Jimmy has been involved with the research and implementation of Dataset Encryption and other security items under IBM’s Pervasive Encryption umbrella. Prior to joining Sirius, Jimmy held related roles at a large financial institution including mainframe hardware engineer, mainframe storage engineer, and mainframe storage engineering team
manager. As a hardware engineer he was responsible for managing five data centers with mainframe footprints totaling nearly one million MIPS, over 100 Brocade fiber directors, and 80 DASD subsystems as well as the data center fiber infrastructure for the mainframe environment. During his tenure in storage engineering, he led the implementation of the first IBM GDPS foursite replication environment in a customer site and four
subsequent implementations. Jimmy was involved in numerous sessions with IBM Labs in Poughkeepsie, Montpellier and Tucson as well as Brocade labs to develop and enhance mainframe, Fibre Channel director, and storage products.

12:00 – 12:30  Lunch – sponsored by Evolving Solutions

12:30 –1:30  Z15 Update –  Sandy Campbell (Gilson) Sr. Mainframe Engineer – Sirius

Abstract: TBD

Bio: Sandra C. is a highly skilled and self-motivated IT professional with a 30-year background in the management of mission-critical projects and departments. She is proficient in both existing and emerging technologies, with the ability to master complex systems quickly. Sandra consistently develops viable and productive solutions to information systems needs within fast-paced environments. She has solid contract negotiation, licensing management and client-service skills, is competent to develop new avenues of distribution, secures long-term client commitments, and directs departmental efforts for dependable quality service. Sandra is able to bridge communications between technical and non-technical employees and provide comprehensive written documentation. She is comfortable interacting with all levels of her clients’ organization including C-level executives.

1:30 – 2:00 Break sponsored by Infinidat

1:30 –2:30 Pervasive Encryption – Sandy Campbell (Gilson) Sr. Mainframe Engineer – Sirius

Abstract: TBD

Bio: Please see above.

2:30 –3:30 Planning for Space Efficient Immutable Snapshots  – Mark Grinnell Senior Principal Engineer, Solutions Architecture Global Specialty Deployment – Dell

Abstract: Planning for Space Efficient immutable snapshots.  Understanding the space and considerations for cyber protection and logical protection.

Bio:  Mark Grinnell Senior Principal Engineer, Solutions Architecture Global Specialty Deployment. Areas of focus include VMAX SRDF, TimeFinder and SnapVX replication solutions for disaster recovery and DASD migration.  22 years at EMC, now Dell Technologies. Originally worked as a presales systems engineer and moved to Professional Services / Delivery in the early 2000’s aligned primarily with mainframe customers. VMAX performance analysis and capacity planning as well as migration planning and implementation are areas of significant experience.



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October 29, 2019
8:45 am - 3:30 pm CDT
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