mainframe News

  • IBM pumps up high-end mainframe speed, capacity

    Posted August 28, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    IBM today continued the evolution of its mainframe family by introducing a system it says is 25% faster and has 50% more capacity than the current high-end machine.
  • IBM goes big on new mainframe with fastest chip, flash memory

    Posted August 28, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    IBM's latest mainframe, the zEnterprise zEC12, is big on data analytics and hybrid clouds.
  • IBM battles dire mainframe myths

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:15 am

    The perception of mainframe technology as outmoded or inefficient is wildly inaccurate in a number of important ways, according to IBM's chief architect for cloud computing, Frank DeGilio.
  • Mainframe skill shortage becoming a serious financial risk

    Posted November 22, 2011 - 10:58 am

    Seven in 10 businesses are now seriously concerned about the financial and operational impact of the worsening mainframe skills shortage.
  • IBM rivals drop EC mainframe complaint

    Posted August 5, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Three rivals of IBM have dropped a major European Commission antitrust complaint against the supplier, around mainframe technology.
  • Meet IBM's new $75,000 mainframe

    Posted July 12, 2011 - 1:14 pm

    IBM is today announcing the latest successor to what it has called its "business-class" system, the zEnterprise 114, with a starting price of $75,000 -- 25% lower than the previous system in this category.
  • Cobol skills drought persists amid mainframe migrations

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 12:34 pm

    Enterprises struggling to fill demands for Cobol skills should consider an application modernization program which could also pave the way for migration off the mainframe to an open system.
  • Big iron sticking around, mainframe survey finds

    Posted October 25, 2010 - 11:51 am

    Big iron isn’t going away anytime soon, say mainframe users polled by BMC. In fact, 84% of mainframe shops expect to see growing or steady MIPS usage on the platform.
  • Unisys announces push to mainframe virtualization

    Posted October 21, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    Mainframe vendor Unisys has announced a virtualization strategy that it claims will speed up mainframe processing.
  • IBM makes the mainframe young again

    Posted October 7, 2010 - 8:35 pm

    IBM recently announced its sixth annual Master the Mainframe Contest for high school, college and university students across the United States and Canada. The contest is designed to get the younger set away from their iPhones and Droids and get involved with some serious mainframe applications.
  • Apple iPhone app manages mainframe

    Posted October 1, 2010 - 9:07 am

    Network management vendor William Data Systems says it has created an iPhone app that lets users manage IBM's z/OS mainframe environment.
  • Water cooling returns to IBM mainframe

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 11:10 am

    IBM next week will add water-cooling to a mainframe offering for the first time in 15 years; the company has started offering the technology fror blade servers and supercomputers in recent years.
  • Mainframe sect tackles new roles, old stereotypes

    Posted August 5, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    IBM's new mainframe is on display at this week's SHARE conference in Boston, a testament to the relevancy of the big iron in today's enterprise IT environments. Amid the excitement over IBM's mainframe makeover, however, IT pros are concerned about the availability of skilled professionals who know how to run it.
  • A daughter follows her father into a mainframe career

    Posted August 5, 2010 - 3:50 pm

    Kristin Harper's decision to become an expert in mainframe technology could prove to keep her employed during good and bad times as more and more of today's experts pass retirement age.
  • Young mainframers group marks fifth anniversary

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 2:56 pm

    Launched in 2005, zNextGen is devoted to recruiting and retaining young mainframe professionals. The volunteer group is celebrating its fifth anniversary at the SHARE conference in Boston.
  • Unisys to offer mainframe cloud services

    Posted July 26, 2010 - 10:04 am

    Unisys plans to offer a hosted test and development environment later this year for users of its ClearPath mainframe systems, a precursor to offering hosted production environments in the future, the company said this week.
  • IBM mainframe management support for Windows coming, but Solaris uncertain

    Posted July 22, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    IBM's zEnterprise system has an expansive yet still limited role. This "system of systems," as the company calls it, is still operating in a mainframe-centric universe, although a larger one.
  • IBM offers de-duplication for mainframes

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    IBM announced the availability of an appliance that de-duplicates data being backed up for mainframes, offering as much as a 25:1 data reduction ratio.
  • Career Watch: Taking aim at young mainframers

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    Kristine Harper, the leader of zNextGen, an offshoot of the IBM user group Share, discusses its efforts to recruit and retain young professionals for careers in enterprise IT.
  • IBM mainframe woes continue with big Q4 drop

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    IBM's mainframe division finished a disappointing 2009 with a 27% Q4 revenue decline, but Big Blue is hoping the next generation of its mainframe computer will boost sales in 2010.
  • IBM mainframes get capability to predict failures, avoid downtime

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    IBM is upgrading the mainframe operating system with new features for predicting failures and reducing the time it takes to recover from performance slowdowns
  • IBM offers cheaper Linux mainframe bundles

    Posted December 9, 2009 - 5:46 pm

    IBM is offering discounted Linux-focused mainframe bundles to shore up falling revenue.
  • IBM Again the Focus of U.S. Antitrust Probe

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    With its decision to begin an antitrust inquiry into IBM's mainframe business, the U.S. Department of Justice could be renewing a legal battle it fought with the company decades ago.
  • IBM plans big hardware upgrade next year

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 10:30 pm

    IBM executives outlined the company's plans to unveil new hardware systems next year in discussions after announcing third quarter financial results.
  • IBM boosts earnings estimate, but revenue drops

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 1:14 pm

    Citing improved profit margins and a stabilizing IT spending environment, IBM revised its 2009 earnings estimates upward Thursday, even as the company's revenue dropped.
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