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Performance and Capacity Insights for your Outsourced z/OS Mainframe

Outsourcing of z/OS mainframes is not uncommon. Yet there are common application infrastructure performance and capacity related issues for the business that arise in outsourcing situations.

IntelliMagic partners, Cheryl Watson of Watson & Walker and Charles Hinkle of Edge Solutions and Consulting join us in this CMG-hosted webinar to explore these issues and more.
Recorded Dec 14 2018 56 mins
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IntelliMagic is a global provider of performance and availability management software and services for enterprise storage environments. IntelliMagic’s software suite for mainframe and SAN environments creates visibility and early warning into hidden risks in critical IT infrastructure resources – enabling proactive performance management.
Find out more at www.intellimagic.com

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