Mainframes


IBM's zIIP a Boon to Big Iron Data Management

Big Iron data warehousing might be a pipe dream, but on balance IBM's zIIP engine has provided a bonus for data management in mainframe environments.

Survey Says: Big Iron Remains Cornerstone of Enterprise Computing

If installed capacity is any indication, the mainframe isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Most mainframe shops have a huge MIPS footprint.

Analysis: Big Iron, Big Cost? Big Blue Says No

IBM's new System z Solution Edition blitz may boost mainframe market share, but IT must weigh a lower total cost of ownership with upfront costs.

DataDirect Quantifies Cost, Value of zIIP-based SOA

DataDirect's new zIIP TCO calculator shows just how useful IBM's zIIP engine has been to mainframe ISVs.

Chilling Outlook for High-End Servers

Sales of high-end servers have entered a period of protracted decline. It's unclear, however, what this will mean for mainframe market fortunes.

Five Virtualization Best Practices That Can Transform Enterprise IT

To help you meet the challenges of virtualization, we offer five best practices that will transform enterprise IT both operationally and strategically.

Big Iron in the Clouds, Revisited

The mainframe already embodies a viable proof-of-concept for cloud computing in the enterprise. Is it a cloud platform par excellence?



Unix Proves It’s Still Full of Life

Unix, the quintessential enterprise workhorse, still has a lot going for it.

A Five Billion Dollar Data Center Bailout Strategy

It's time to challenge your concept of how LAN and SAN connectivity should be instrumented, and save money in the process.

Big Iron Bucks a Trend

Far from transitioning away from Big Iron, customers seem to be doubling down

IT Pros Absorbing Economic Shock

As interviews with IT pros make clear, IT organizations are responding to the economic crisis in very different ways

SHARE Survey Sheds Light on Virtual Trends

IT is moving toward total enterprise virtualization, a strategy that proposes to transform both the practice and the purpose of virtualization.

Avoiding Downtime in Virtualized Environments

Virtualization can create single points of failure. We show you how to protect yourself.

CA Revamps, Extends NetMaster, SysView

Both NetMaster and SysView boast GUI and usability improvements. Along with a lower-cost software licensing option and you have pair of old tools reborn.

The Year in Review, The Trends Ahead

It was a pretty good year, for IT spending at least.

Cloud Computing, Big Iron-Style

Mainframe pros have joined with IBM to tout the virtues of Big Iron-based cloud computing.

Toward a More Manageable Mainframe

Big Iron ISVs maintain the mainframe is hot. In the current economic climate, they suggest, it could really sizzle.

Leasing IT's Mainframe Future -- With an Option to Buy

Many mainframe customers -- perhaps as many as 80 percent -- lease their Big Iron hardware. How will economic uncertainty affect them?

Can Going Green Slow Data Center Expansion?

Proponents say “going green” can help companies save money, but a secondary benefit may be just as important: delaying data center expansion.

z10 BC: A Thoroughly Modern Mainframe for the Rest of Us

The z10 BC isn't as big or brawny as its beefy sibling, but it has lots of power and is priced to move. Call it a mainframe system for the rest of us.