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Vol. 1 No. 10 December 2002

Learn from mainframe storage

Transitioning from mainframes to a SAN When transitioning from the direct-attached world into networked storage, much of the general skill set remains the same. Still, there are differences. Roger Cable, a senior systems programmer at Allegheny Energy Inc. in Hagerstown, MD, currently supports MVS and some Unix. If he were to switch to a SAN setup, he says, "What I'd need to do is learn more about different operating systems and how they function, booting from the SAN," and other things that are SAN-specific. The company also runs Windows and Linux, so he would need to learn about those environments. Also, don't neglect to train on tools associated with the different environments. It's human nature to learn only what you need for the specific operating system you work with the most, and SANs require broader-based knowledge. There are also some mindset tweaks to look out for. "A major change for most mainframe people is the idea of managing remotely," says Mike Karp, senior analyst with Enterprise Management Associates in Boulder...

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