Sunday, 31 January 2010

The Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2010

The 2010 edition of the celebrated Arcati Mainframe Yearbook is now available to view or download (free of charge) from

It includes a mainframe strategy section with a selection of articles by industry gurus and vendors on topics such as: Mainframe continuity planning 2.0; Leveraging existing mainframe investments in modernization projects; Lowering mainframe TCO through zIIP specialty engine exploitation; SNA mainframe security – because SNA isn’t hacked, instead it is infiltrated; TurboHercules and disaster recovery – an innovative approach to mainframe outage and business continuity; and Software migrations: past, present, and future.
For many people the highlight each year is the mainframe user survey. This illustrates just what's been happening at users’ sites. It’s a good way for mainframers to compare what they are planning to do with what other sites have done. I will be looking at some of the survey highlights next week.

The full vendor directory section gives contact details and other useful information in a summary format for all major vendors, consultants, and service providers in the z/OS environment. It has 25 new entries this year and lost five existing entries (because the companies are no longer trading).

There's also a media guide for IBM mainframers. This lists information resources, publications, blogs, and user groups that are relevant to people working in a z/OS environment.

Next comes the glossary of terminology, which contains a large number of definitions of mainly mainframe-related terms.

The final section contains technical information - z10 model tables; mainframe hardware timeline 1952-2010; and mainframe operating system development.

In order for the Yearbook to be free, it is supported by sponsors and advertisers. This year's sponsors were CA, DataKinetics,, Progress:DataDirect, and Software Diversified Services (SDS).

To see this year's Arcati Mainframe Yearbook, click on If you don’t want to download a large PDF, this year each section is available as a separate PDF file.

Now that the Yearbook is complete... if anyone needs a good technical writer or editor, please contact me at

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