FW: IBM Linux on IBM Z Council September 22nd


Hope all are having a great summer.   The council is excited to announce the next meetup on September 22nd.   Theme will be about the z14/LinuxONE release.    We have a great agenda lined up.  See details below.
To reserve your seat please RSVP

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IBM Linux on IBM Z Executive Advisory Customer Council
Friday, September 22nd 2017 8:30 AM –1:00 PM
Hosted at Verisk
545 Washington Blvd.
21 St Floor Event Center
Jersey City, NJ  07310
You’re invited to join us for the next session of the Linux on IBM Z Executive Advisory Council. We launched this council in 2002 in order to garner your insights and foster communications among the IBM Z Linux community. We are grateful for Verisk’s gracious invitation to host this council session at their auditorium, particularly given our tremendous gains in attendance and popularity.

This quarter’s council focus is on the IBM z14 announcement and GA.   The council is pleased to have Turan Chopra from IBM hardware Offering Management present.   Turan will be providing an update on the new hardware as well as LinuxONE.  After Turan, we have distinguished guest Bill Bitner from IBM z/VM Focus and Care.  Bill will be discussing z/VM exploitation of z14 themes.  Next on agenda, we are pleased to have Richard Young from IBM.  Richard is a leader in the field in terms of Linux on IBM Z enablement.  Richard will be providing an update on Linux and its exploitation of the new z14 features.   Following Richard, we have John Mertic from the Linux Foundation.  John is the Program leader for the Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project.   He will be providing an update on initiatives taken on in 2016- 2017 including an internship project update.    Last on the agenda the council is pleased to have Travis Wright from Microsoft.   Travis will providing an update on the recent announcement of SQL Server on Linux support.  Travis is seeking feedback on whether SQL Server should be offered for Linux on IBM Z.

8:30 AM Arrival and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM


Opening Remarks and Introductions
David Rossi, IBM, Senior IBM Z Security Architect
9:05 AM IBM z14 and LinuxONE Overview –Turan Chopra, IBM Z hardware offering manager
9:50 AM IBM z/VM z14 updates –Bill Bitner,  IBM z/VM Focus and Care
10:35 AM Break
10:45 AM IBM Linux on IBM Z and z14 update –Richard Young, IBM Excutive IT specialist
11:30 AM Open Mainframe Project update –John Mertic,Linux Foundation ,Director of Program Management
12:15 PM Microsoft SQL Server on Linux –Travis Wright, Microsoft Principal Program Manager
12:30PM Lunch

Questions email  nyzlinux@us.ibm.com                Follow the council on                #nyzlinux
RSVP Meetup URL http://www.meetup.com/Linux-on-z/

As valued customers and trusted partners, your input to this council is very valuable. We continue to appreciate the candor with which you’ve shared your Linux on z Systems implementation experiences and requirements

Directions to meeting location:

545 Washington BLVD
Jersey City, NJ   07310

Located between the Path Train and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail ‘Pavonia Newport Station’.


Parking is available at Central Parking Newport North Garage
561 Washington Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07310

Parking entrance on both Washington Blvd and Mall Drive East.

If driving please allow extra time as Washington Blvd is adjacent to the entrance to the Holland Tunnel

Double Tree
455 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310
(201) 499-2400

Marriot Courtyard
540 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310
(201) 626-6600
479 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310
(201) 626-2900

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