October 25, 2010, 11:51 AM — Big iron isn't going away anytime soon, say mainframe users who remain committed to the platform for its reliability, security, scalability and efficiency.
When asked about the future of the mainframe, 57% of users surveyed by BMC Software said the mainframe platform will grow and attract new workloads during the next year. Another 37% said the mainframe will remain a viable platform in the long term, although limited to running legacy workloads. Just 4% found the platform not viable and said exist strategies should be considered in the next five years. (The remaining 2% responded "other.")
BMC today released the results of its annual mainframe survey, now in its fifth year. Among 1,707 global mainframe users surveyed, nearly half of the companies have revenues in excess of $1 billion. The majority of respondents come from banking/financial services (26%), technology (14%), insurance (13%) and government (9%) industries.
As BMC has found in its previous surveys, mainframe users cited availability, security, centralized management and transaction speed as the primary reasons for continued MIPS growth.
"It's no surprise that most people talk about the availability of the mainframe, its security, the centralized data serving platform, and transaction throughput," says Bill Miller, president of mainframe service management at BMC. "All of those things play very well with the mainframe, and this survey reinforces that's what [the respondents] care about."
When asked about overall IT priorities in the coming year, 65% said reducing IT costs is a top priority, followed by disaster recovery (34%), application modernization (30%) and business/IT alignment (29%).
Cloud computing and software-as-a-service ranked fairly low among overall IT priorities, cited by just 10% of respondents, but BMC expects these areas to gain ground over time. "We think cloud computing and SaaS are going to be even more prevalent in future years," Miller says.