Awesome video. I do z/OS software support at work so it's cool to see it featured. While I don't do application development, I've had to pull data from the mainframe to Windows for macro programming on several occasions, so I know some of the pain involved.
I've been down to the data center a few times at work and seen the mainframes, DASD, and tape drives, etc. so I'd be very interested in seeing Microsoft's own mini-HIS data center (probably the only platforms in Redmond that MS doesn't do native application
development for). I'd love to hear anything and everything else Ricardo has to say about HIS, so keep em' coming!
And if Ricardo is reading, you're obviously very familiar with IBM host environments, were you a sysprog in a previous life or have you acquired it through app development?
After watching the whole thing, I have to agree with the other comments that this is a fantastic video. Mark explains everything crystal clear. I really liked the explanation of the different user roles.
Cool video. The ability to connect directly to the machine with Remote Desktop is a great feature and definitely makes it more appealing. I was glad to hear the operating system will be available separately for the DIYers.
Since it seems like these machines won't have CD-ROM drives, what happens if the operating system needs to be reinstalled? Will the user have a disc they can restore from with a USB CD-ROM drive or is there a partition on the hard drive to recover from? Since
it looks like these machines don't have video cards either, the process would have to be entirely automated.
This has been around for a while. Apache Derby (formerly
IBM Cloudscape) is DB2 compatible, open source, and written entirely in Java. It can be embedded in an application or run as a server. If I recall the footprint was only like 2MB.