Mainframe Propeller Head

Jul 7 2009   6:14PM GMT

Move CICS, DB2, IMS, TSO/ISPF and batch to specialty processors

Matt Stansberry Matt Stansberry Profile: Matt Stansberry

According to a recent analyst report on Neon Software’s zPrime, mainframe users may soon be able to run traditional mainframe workloads like CICS, DB2, IMS, TSO/ISPF and batch on the IBM mainframe zIIP and zAAP specialty processors, lowering billable MIPs on the central processor.

According to the report from Ptak, Noel & Associates (PNA), one Fortune 500 mainframe customer said he’d save $1.5 million in three months by shifting workloads. PNA suggests mainframe users can expect to drastically cut software licensing costs by implementing this new software, but their are risks — including the reaction from vendors like IBM, which could buy Neon and shut this technology down.

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