• Microsoft’s mainframe strategy: Divide and conquer — someday

    The Mainframe Migration Alliance knows the IBM zSeries community isn't ready to trash its mainframes just yet. But the recent migration of a Canadian insurance firm to Windows shows that Microsoft is making strides with smaller MIPS mainframe shops.

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  • Linux and mainframes, part 1: Odd couple or perfect match?

    At first glance, Linux and the IBM mainframe are an odd couple. The teenage operating system and senior citizen computer are worlds apart in their origins and pricing philosophies, among other things. Yet they do make a good team, according to Maria Eisenhaendler and Ingolf Salm, co-authors of the...

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  • Windows on a mainframe: Hypervisor on top of hypervisor

    Mantissa's bid to run Windows on IBM System z looks like a hypervisor running on top of a hypervisor. But end users are skeptical.

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  • Will the data center feel the effects of the z9?

    IBM's new mainframe doubles the computing capacity of its predecessor while offering increased encryption features and cost effectiveness. But will the z9 bring new customers to the platform or subsist on the mainframe's existing customer base?

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  • IBM phasing out ESCON channels on mainframes

    IBM phases out ESCON channels on mainframes, which will eventually force shops to buy FICON to ESCON converters to support legacy devices.

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  • Mainframe shops held hostage, Itanium Solutions Alliance says

    The Itanium Solutions Alliance -- a consortium of OEMs, software manufacturers and integrators focused on the Itanium platform -- announced this week that it was joining the Mainframe Migration Alliance (MMA), a group of companies that advocate moving mainframe workloads onto the Microsoft...

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  • Mainframers go for a jog at Share user group conference

    At a recent conference in San Jose for the Share user group, there was a fitness session every morning. A group of mainframers gathered together at 6 a.m. to go for a jog or walk. Here is a light-hearted video on the aging mainframe workforce.

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  • IBM System z9 Business Class mainframe revisited

    One year ago, IBM introduced its smaller z9 Business Class mainframe with a $100K starting price. Features like the zIIP engine and Capacity on Demand have landed new customers, but third-party software costs and the lack of prescribed offerings are still obstacles to adoption.

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  • Moving 600 developers off the mainframe

    Micro Focus eased an army of in house COBOL programmers off of the mainframe and onto Windows while maintaining the legacy APS language at Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina. The company is also in the process of refining its SOA vision.

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  • SOA on mainframe allows SunTrust to offer cell phone banking

    To enable customers to check balances and make transfers from cell phones, SunTrust Banks needed service-oriented architecture to open up its mainframe.

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