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August 2017

SPARTA President’s Corner

contributed by Randy Springs

As we enter the dog days of summer, IBM has announced the next generation of their mainframe offerings – both hardware (z14) and software (z/OS 2.3). Several new Redbooks are available for the z14, which features “a paradigm shift for protecting data and transactions, from selective encryption to pervasive encryption.” More memory (up to 32 terabytes) is a big step up from the IBM 370-155 we upgraded to at UNC over 40 years ago which came in with 1.5 MB of physical memory.

In the z/OS 2.3 announcement, IBM has some new features, such as integrating z/OSMF with the IPL process, along with a new z/OSMF plug-in called “Sysplex Management” to provide detail on sysplex components, including coupling facilities and coupling links. I’m also interested in “Real Time SMF Analytics” for faster processing of high-volume SMF data.

Please plan to join everyone for barbecue, networking, and education on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:15 p.m. at our usual LabCorp location.

Randy Springs

Future Speakers

(subject to change)

Aug. 1, 2017 - (Webinar) CPU and MLC Savings by Todd Havekost of Intellimagic

Sep. 12, 2017 (Special Date) - SHARE 2017 Summer by Ed Webb of SAS

We need ideas and volunteers for future speakers. Presentations don’t have to be fancy, just informative and interesting. Even a 5 or 10 minute talk can start an interesting interaction. Contact Ron Pimblett by phone as noted below.

2017-2018 SPARTA

Board of Directors

Randy Springs - President

BB&T                  (919) 745-5241

3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27604

Ron Pimblett - Vice President

MDI Data Systems

Land line 613 599 6970

Mobile 613 981 6919

190 Guelph Private

Kanata, ON K2T 0J7

Chris Blackshire - Secretary

Retired (Dell, Perot Systems, Nortel)  (919) nnn-nnnn


Durham, NC 27713

Pam Tant - Treasurer

DTS Software Inc.      919-833-8426 x124

4350 Lassiter at N. Hills Avenue

Suite 230

Raleigh, NC 27609

Ed Webb -  Communications Director

SAS Institute Inc.  919-531-4162

SAS Campus Drive

Cary, NC 27513

Mike Lockey -  Web Master

Guilford Co. Information Services  336-641-6235

201 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, NC 27401


Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month (except no meeting in January), with optional dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.

These monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park (see last page). Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn Left to the CMBP Building (1912 T.W. Alexander Drive). In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.

Call for Articles

If you have any ideas for speakers, presentations, newsletter articles, or are interested in taking part in a presentation, PLEASE contact one of the Board of Directors with your suggestions.

Newsletter e-Mailings

The SPARTA policy is to e-mail a monthly notice to our SPARTA-RTP Group. The newsletter is posted to the website about five (5) days before each meeting so you can prepare. The SPARTA-RTP Group is maintained by Chris Blackshire; if you have corrections or problems receiving your meeting notice, contact Chris at

March 2017 “CBT Tape” Shareware Online

The directory and files from the latest CBT tape V494 (dated March 5, 2017) are available from

If you need help obtaining one or more files, contact Ed Webb at SAS (see Board of Director’s list for contact info).

Minutes of the July 11, 2017 Meeting

• The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chris Blackshire standing in for Randy Springs, the SPARTA President.

• The meeting was held at a LabCorp conference room in RTP, N.C.

• Seventeen (17) people were present of which Fourteen (14) are 2016/2017 paid members.

• Everyone introduced themselves, told where they worked, and briefly described their job functions or their job hunting challenges.

• The minutes of the June 6, 2017 meeting were approved as published in the July 2017 newsletter.

• The June 2017 Treasurer's report was approved as read by Pam Tant. The balance was $355.77. (See details later in this newsletter)


• Call For Articles: Articles are needed for this newsletter. If you would like to write an article for this newsletter, please contact Ed Webb. Keep in mind that you don't really need to write the article, it can be an article that you read that you would like to share with the membership.

• The SPARTA Web page is available. To access the SPARTA Web page, point your Web browser to this site: Please send any comments or suggestions about the Web page to Mike Lockey. Be sure to check the Web page every once in a while to see any new or changed information.

• Chris reminded everyone to leave the LabCorp conference room clean.

• Future Speakers and Topics (subject to change based on internal politics, budget, the weather):





August 1, 2017


David Hodgson


September 12, 2017
(Special Date)


Ed Webb

SHARE Providence Update

October 3, 2017


Brian Kithcart

Virtual Tape Update

November 7, 2017

Glasshouse Systems

Jim Elliot

LinuxONE and Linux on z Systems Capacity and Solution Planning

December 5, 2017

Watson & Walker

Cheryl Watson

z/OS Performance

If you have suggestions about speakers and topics, contact Ron Pimblett.

• The next SPARTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at LabCorp in RTP.

• Food for the August 1 meeting will be BarBQ.

• The 2017 dues ($30) were due starting in February 2017. Please pay Pam Tant.

• Thanks to LabCorp and Bill Johnson for hosting the meeting.

• There are currently 70 people on the SPARTA-RTP e-mail list.

• Send any e-mail address changes to Chris Blackshire so he can update the SPARTA-RTP Listserv. You will be added by the moderator (Chris = sending you an invitation to Join the list.


• Possible Vendor Fair - Mitch Hoffman and Chris Blackshire to work on a proposal.

• Possible collaboration with the Carolinas zEnterprise Council - review with Garry Grandlienard.

• The Business portion of the meeting ended about 7:35 P.M.

Presentation: State of the NC Department of IT Overview by Jon Minshew of NC IT

DIT Operating Model for the State of NC
- Innovate & Trend
- Plan and Guide
- Secure, Respond, Monitor, Detect
- Administer & Support
- Buy & House, Build & Test, Leverage & Analyze, Operate & Serve

Innovation Center (iCenter)
- 4,500+ Device Tests
- 3 National Awards
- Savings of $1.4M Annual Digital Storage Costs
- Savings of $7M Renegotiated Contracts

Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC)
- NC Financial Accountability and Compliance Technology System (NCFACTS)
- Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services (CJLEADS)
- North Carolina SAS Enterprise Authentication Tool (NCSEAT)
- North Carolina Early Childhood Integrated Data System (NCECIDS)

Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO)
- Mission
Provide guidance on policies and strategies for community and state leaders to enhance high-speed
internet access for global competitiveness, education, public safety, health care, and government
efficiency. Partner with willing communities to provide on-the-ground strategic, technical, and
planning assistance specifically aimed at expanding broadband deployment and adoption.

Service Delivery
- What We Do:
- - The Service Delivery Division provides a wide range of information
- - technology services to State agencies, local governments, and educational
- - institutions across North Carolina. Our services include enterprise
- - applications, hosting, network, telecommunications, desktop
- - computing, and unified communications such as email and
- - calendaring. Providing IT Service Excellence through our service
- - delivery across agencies allows the State to realize efficiencies and cost
- - savings through economies of scale.
- Who We Are:
- - Product Management and Engineering
- - Enterprise Applications and Infrastructure Operations
- - Customer Service/ Service Support
- - IT Service Excellence
- Common Collaboration:
- - State Agencies
- - Local Governments
- - Educational Institutions

IT Service Excellence
The IT Service Excellence Team oversees the development of IT Service (IT SM) policies,
processes, and procedures that govern the delivery of DIT services utilizing
Information Technology Infrastructure (ITIL).
- Service Line Management
- Release Management
- Change Management
- Incident Management
- Problem Management
- Continual Service Improvement

- Internet Connectivity
- - Citizens
- - Remote Users
- - Vendors
- DIT LAN (Secure Private Cloud)
- - Western Data Center
- - Eastern Data Center
- - Agency Applications
- - Enterprise Applications
- - Customer Sites

DIT Mainframe System Structure - 07/10/2017 Information Technology

- Eastern Data Center
- - CPC1 - IBM 2827-504 H20, 2286 MIPS - 128 GB Memory, MSUs = 283 -- SN-5C357
- - - B SYSB - Prod . . . . . 130 MSUs
- - - E SYSE - Prod . . . . . 102 MSUs
- - - S SYSS - Secure . . . . 51 MSUs
- - - L SYSL - IFL
- - - zIIP - Processor
- - - CF CFP1 - Production
- - CPC2 - IBM 2827-505 H20, 2806 MIPS - 128 GB Memory, MSUs = 347 -- SN-5C387
- - - A SYSA - Prod . . . . . 208 MSUs
- - - N SYSN - Network . . . 69 MSUs
- - - W SYSW - Dev . . . . . 45 MSUs
- - - X SYSX - Dev . . . .. . 10 MSUs
- - - C SYSC - Test . . . . . 14 MSUs
- - - T SYST - Test
- - - U SYSU - IFL
- - - zIIP - Processor
- - - CF CFP2 - Production
- - - CF CFT1 - Test
- - - CF CFT2 - Test
- - - CF CFT3 - Dev
- - - CF CFT4 - Dev
- Sample of ProductionWorkloads

- - Sample Storage Workload
- - - SCCPLEX . . . (68 GB)
- - - SCCPLEXS . . (10 GB)
- - - SCCPLEXW . .(18 GB)
- - - SCCTEST . . . . (4 GB)
- - - z/VM - EDC . .148 GB, WDC -4 GB, WDC (DRS) - 152 GB
- - - zIIP - z Integrated Information Processors
- - - Coupling Facilities (Prod - 4 GB)
- - - Coupling Facilities (DRS - 6 GB)

- Western Data Center
- - IBM z/Server Configuration, Total z/OS MIPS: 697 - 11,188
- - WDC - IBM 2964-403 (N63), 697 MIPS to 11,188 MIPS -- 96 GB Memory), MSUs = 88
- - Workload
- - - KTLP Prod ktl (XRC)
- - - SDP1 Prod sdm (XRC)
- - - KTLT Prod ktl (XRC)
- - - SDT1 Prod sdm (XRC)
- - - RECB - (brs) B
- - - RECE -(brs) E
- - - RECN - (brs) N
- - - RECS - (brs) S
- - - SYSH - IFL H
- - - CFP1W - Prod CF
- - - RECA - Prod A
- - - RECW - Dev W
- - - RECX - Dev X
- - - RECC - Test C
- - - RECT - Test T
- - - CFP2 - Prod CF
- - - CFT1 - Test CF
- - - CFT2 - Test CF
- - - CFT3 - Dev CF
- - - CFT4 - Dev CF

Hosting Services Environments - Mainframe DR
- Disaster Recovery at Western Data Center
- Full Business Recovery: size SCCPLEX and SCCPLEXS
- Business Recovery: size SCCPLEX and SCCPLEXS with LPARS capped.

System z Applications
- STARS DOT, LITES DOT, IRP DOT, Emissions and Inspections DOT, SADLS DOT,
- ITAS DOR, ACTS DHHS, County Time Entry Systems DHHS, CNDS DHHS,
- OPUS DPS, Cash MGT OSC, EIS Lite DHHS, Vital Records DOT,
- Budget and Salary OSBM, Workers Comp. Ind Comm

System z Environment
- Strengths
- - System z applications are stable and scalable
- - Well-defined day-to-day operational processes around System z
- - Business recovery/disaster recovery supports rapid recovery in case of an incident
- - Favorable view of System z as consolidation platform for Oracle databases by some agencies
- - Reliable and Secure
- - Houses large amount of citizen and agency data
- - - (EDC ~= 60TB out of 3.1PB and in WDC ~= 120TB out of 2.1PB)
- Opportunities
- - Newer System z technology makes getting current more compelling
- - - later software versions run better on newer hardware
- - New workload opportunities for System z
- - - new applications and server consolidation on Linux for z
- - Opportunity to modernize Vehicle Registration applications
- - - (STARS, LITES, IRP) would revitalize the applications
- - Improved billing/chargeback model could make System z more/most cost
- - - competitive shared platform
- Mainframe
- - Supports Distributed Hosting Services
- - Strong SLA's Great Transaction Capability
- - Each Year's Goal Reduce Overhead
- - Hybrid Cloud Services

NCDIT Enterprise Integrated Incident Management Center
- Incident Management Center Integrated Event Management
- - Infrastructure Management
- - Security Management
- - Application Performance Management
- - Capacity and Performance
- - Asset and Configuration
- - IT Service Management
- - Process Automation
- - Customer Dashboards

The NCDIT Incident Management Center
- Before Redesign picture not copied here
- After Redesign picture not copied here

• The presentation ended about 8:40 PM

• Presentation Access - See SPARTA webpage for the complete presentation

Contact Info:
Jon Minshew
Director, Service Support
North Carolina Department of Information Technology
Work: 919 754 6282
Cell: 919 270 8514

Twitter: @NCDIT or @ncicenter

• The July 2017 monthly meeting ended about 8:45 PM.

Treasurer’s Report for July 2017

contributed by Pam Tant

The balance in the account is $355.77 as of June 30, 2017.

SPARTA Financial Report
3/01/2017 through 06/30/2017


Opening Balance


Total Deposits

Food money donated


Dues and Sponsorships





Loan repayment (RS)


Loan repayment (PT)




Web Site


Petty Cash


Bank Service Charges






PETTY CASH on hand 




Items of Interest

SPARTA Schedule and Menu for 2017

contributed by Chris Blackshire

Aug. 1, 2017 - BarBQ

Sep. 12, 2017 - Pizza

Oct. 3, 2017 - Chicken

Nov. 7, 2017 - Subs

Dec. 5, 2017 - BarBQ

IBM Z Includes New z14 Hardware and z/OS 2.3 Software

contributed by Chris Blackshire

"IBM wants businesses to use its new z14 mainframe to encrypt pretty much everything -- an approach to security it calls pervasive encryption.

Encrypting everything, and restricting access to the keys, is one way to reduce the risk and impact of data breaches. It can reduce the threat surface by 92 percent, according to research commissioned by IBM.

To make such pervasive encryption viable, the z14 has four times as much silicon devoted to cryptographic accelerators as its predecessor, the z13, giving it seven times the cryptographic performance. ....

As well as the hardware changes, the mainframe range has undergone a discrete change of name: Instead of the awkwardly capitalized z Systems, it's now called IBM Z."

Intrigued? Read the entire article by Peter Sayer at NetworkWorld.

The IBM z14 is available on September 13, 2017. See IBM's z14 announcement here.

See IBM's z/OS 2.3 announcement here.

Updated SHARE App Now Available for iOS and Android

contributed by Ed Webb

SHARE in Providence is August 6-11, 2017. Hotel Reservations and SHARE Registration opportunities are available now. Go to the Event webpage for details.

The SHARE App for iOS and Android has been updated for the Providence conference. Already downloaded the app during the San Jose event? No need to download anything else! The SHARE Providence event should appear on your app home screen. Learn more about the SHARE App here.

Besides details on z/OS 2.3, announced to ship in late September, there are rumors of an update to z System that will be of interest in the next several months.

"SHARE Providence features over 500 educational sessions in a range of topics such as z/OS 2.3, Blockchain, Docker and new Security technologies. Plan to join us in Providence, August 6 -11, 2017 to expand your knowledge and network with hundreds of fellow enterprise IT professionals and industry vendors."

SHARE Project Manager Provides Perspective on the Mainframe

contributed by Ed Webb

"Reg: [...]you do have a certain perspective that a very large number of systems programmers don't have. A very large number of system programmers traditionally, although less and less often now, tend to be male. That must have had some impact on your career just having to approach it from a different perspective from what has been the majority [...].

Mary Anne: That's a good question. [....] There are people who just will not listen to a woman. You can tell them over and over again that they need to change this parameter and you know this is causing their performance problem and they just will not listen. [To] deal with that [...] you hand the piece of paper to somebody else [a male] and they tell them and the change is made, the customer is happy and things go on. I have quite a repertoire of profanity.

Reg: Good to have language skills."

Read more in this IBM Systems Magazine web-only interview where "Reg Harbeck talks with Mary Anne Matyaz about her unique journey as an extroverted systems programmer."

Some Handy z/OS V2.3 (and z14!) Information

contributed by Ed Webb

Our friend Marna Walle of IBM has posted important information that we need to review if we are interested in the new IBM z14 or the new /OS 2.3.

".... Because I know there's a lot of flurry about this, I wanted to provide a short list what I think might be the handiest technical information that you might need.

z/OS V2.3 PDF. And you can download any of the zipped Adobe-indexed files from here: Adobe-index z/OS V2.3 PDFs. ....

Looking for the new z/OS V2.3 Migration book? You can get the PDF directly with this link: z/OS V2.3 Migration book PDF ...BUT why would you? The Workflows for z/OS V2.3 Migration are so much better.

The z/OS V2.3 Migration Workflows are available now on github. Using github for us, is a new direction and I'm hoping that you'll find it easy to retrieve them. z/OS V2.3 Migration Workflows on github"

Read all of Marna's blog entry, including details on github, and FIXCATs for z/OS 2.3 and the z14, here .


Siri's Jokes

contributed by Ed Webb

• Hey Siri - Tell Me a Joke
• I can't. I always forget the punch line.

• Hey Siri - Tell Me a Joke
• If I told you a joke in my language, I'd have to explain it.

Membership Information

Don’t Forget the Next SPARTA Meeting

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

7 p.m.

Location: LabCorp in RTP

Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto 1912 T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn left to the CMBP Building. In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room. Use 1912 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27703 in your map app.

Free Food: BarBQ, Sodas and Tea, Dessert


CPU (& MLC) Savings via Optimizing Processor Cache (Webinar)

Speaker: Todd Havekost of Intellimagic


P.O. Box 13194

Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-3194

First Class Postage

SPARTA Corporate Sponsors:

DTS Software

Rocket Software