Worlds collide: Apple iPhone app manages mainframe

IPhone, iPad apps manage IBM mainframe systems

Talk about two systems that are worlds apart. Network management vendor William Data Systems says it has created an Apple iPhone app that lets users manage IBM's z/OS mainframe environment.

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Specifically the iPhone app lets users tie into WDS' ZEN z/OS network management suite running on the mainframe. ZEN is made up of a variety of packages that let users monitor network performance, usage and activity displays, system alerts and security.  The company touts Zen as a replacement for the venerable IBM NetView mainframe monitoring system.

"Low cost smart mobile devices are now widely available. Companies are asking their z/OS support people to do more with less. Put the two together and another requirement is for z/OS network monitoring and management to be done, remotely when needed, using a single mobile device that support people would normally carry with them," the company's founder Liam Hammond said in a statement. 

The company has also developed a similar mainframe system management application that runs on the Apple iPad.    A look at that product can be found here.

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