Monday, May 19, 2008

Live Virtual Classes

Next week, there's an interesting Live Virtual Class on 'High Availability for Linux on IBM System z Servers'. Its contents :
Linux virtual servers are increasingly being used to support critical applications in IBM System z and zSeries server environments. As the mission becomes more important; so does the need to ensure its supporting infrastructure is highly available. But how? z/OS system programmers know the best practices for eliminating single points of failure for their systems; but may be unsure how to translate those techniques to the Linux world. Admins coming from a distributed Linux background may wonder how a virtualized environment on zSeries changes the game. And both groups may ponder how to best marry the Linux and z/OS worlds to maximize availability.

Wonder no more. This session will cover a set of high availability architectures for Linux virtual servers (LVS); in the context of serving data to WebSphere applications (though WebSphere itself won't be the main focus). We'll discuss:

1. Single points of failure in an LVS environment; probabilities of each; and the relative cost to eliminate them -- with examples of how to do so
2. The power of virtualization to minimize degradation of service in the wake of failures; and to reduce the need for large clusters of redundant servers
3. How software running on Linux virtual servers can work cooperatively with a Parallel Sysplex and z/OS data sharing groups
4. Sample architecture specifics; including architectural decisions and tradeoffs; configuration options; and product technologies used
Date : Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Time : 11:00 AM EDT (New York), 10:00 AM CDT, 4:00 PM London, 5:00 PM Brussels
Registration over here.

There's another one the day after on z/VSE Tools.
The z/VSE web site offers more than 20 tools ('as is'; at no additional charge) for download. The tools are designed make certain z/VSE tasks easier and more interesting. Because of the sheer number of tools; you may have lost track about what tools are provided and what they are for. There may be a tool available that you are not aware of; for a task you need to perform. This session will provide an overview of each the tools that are currently available on the VSE homepage. For every tool; a short description and usage scenarios will be discussed.
Date : Thursday, May 29, 2008
Time : 11:00 A.M. EDT New York, 10:00 AM CDT, 3:00 PM London, 4:00 PM Brussels
Registration over here. (the link's not working for me at the moment, hope it works for you).

If you've missed any Live Virtual Class, you can still find them for playback at the Z/VM Live Virtual Class page and at the z/VSE Live Virtual Class page.

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