High Performing CICS Integrations: HostBridge Customer Benchmark

In Performance by Jerry Rackley

When enterprises include CICS programs as part of integrated, hybrid applications, they care very deeply about performance and reliability. Mainframe applications are known for high availability, reliability and sub-second response time. These characteristics are often the reasons why enterprises continue to run their businesses with mainframe applications. Technology to create high performing CICS integrations is a prerequisite to the success …

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In Performance, Strategy by James Alexander

The second law of Thermodynamics states: “The entropy of an isolated system not in equilibrium will tend to increase over time, approaching a maximum value at equilibrium.” This law applies not only to mechanical, but software systems as well. However you define entropy – disorder, chaos, inefficiency – it’s just as harmful to software as hardware systems. This law is …

An Integration Analytics Primer

In Hybrid IT, Integration Analytics, Performance by Jerry Rackley

Enterprises that run core business applications on mainframes have, for decades, integrated those applications. Today’s normal is for the mainframe to function as a key part of a hybrid IT environment. The first challenge enterprises face is how to complete these integrations. When integrations are complete, a new challenge emerges: understanding how these integrated, hybrid applications are performing. It’s often …

Teaching Old CICS Apps New Tricks

In Case studies, How-to, Performance by Jerry Rackley

The HostBridge team recently spent time working onsite with a global financial services company. The purpose of the engagement was to accomplish three different but equally important goals related to making CICS applications available while remaining sensitive to performance and CPU cycle usage: Reduce CPU consumption from high volume CICS socket I/O Identify other performance issues with these high-volume CICS …

Including CICS on Splunk Dashboards

In Case studies, Performance, Products by Jerry Rackley

The HostBridge team recently went onsite to help a customer solve an IT Operations analytics problem. The need was to understand how to correlate non-mainframe requests coming from end-users who use server-based applications to work done inside CICS to process those requests. This situation is becoming far more common as CICS serves as a component of hybrid IT applications. This …