Mainframes


Big Blue Showcases Big Iron Solaris

Solaris running on the mainframe? It's far from a pipedream.

Enterprise IT: A Look Back, The Trends Ahead

Fasten your seatbelts -- it's going to be a bumpy year.

IBM’s Energy Efficiency Smoking Gun

Industry watchers see Big Blue’s mainframe power efficiency push as a signal event in the longstanding scale-up versus scale-out system wars

Microsoft Makes Peace with Virtualization

Earlier this month Microsoft committed to a very sudden about-face on its virtualization strategy

Why Legacy Databases Are Here to Stay

While industry watchers once encouraged customers to think about transitioning away from pre-relational DMBSes, they’re now backtracking

The Greening of IT: More than a Passing Fad

A vendor’s "greenness" matters to IT executives says research firm IDC

Big Iron Coup: IBM Touts New Mainframe Data Integration Software

Information Server seems tailor-made for Big Blue’s bring-it-all-back-home to System z philosophy -- particularly with respect to data processing workloads.



An Operating System Reloaded: IBM Preps Major z/VSE Overhaul

Next version of z/VSE looks like an operating system reborn

Analysis: A Closer Look at IBM’s Green IT Initiatives

There’s gold in eco-friendly IT, industry watchers argue, and -- more than meets the eye -- the mainframe has a big Green IT story to tell.

IBM Touts Mainframe Power "Gas Gauge" for Greener Data Centers

Big Blue also plans to publish typical energy consumption data—based on a monthly survey of approximately 1,000 customer machines—for System z9

Analysis: Behind Sun’s Embrace of Windows

Last week, Microsoft and Sun announced the unthinkable: Sun agreed to become a Windows Server OEM.

PSI Announces Plug-Compatible Mainframe Line

PSI is almost the only PC mainframe vendor on the block. Could its System64 servers prove attractive to some Big Iron buyers?

Survey Says: Mainframe and SOA are Hot

Mainframe shops plan to expand their capacities and aggressively expose their Big Iron assets via service-oriented architectures

System z Key to Big Blue’s Server Market Surge

As a strong server market showing demonstrates, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore Big Blue’s Big Iron renaissance

Mainframe Proponents Talk Up Platform’s Security Strengths

There’s a growing consensus -- among IBM users, at least -- that Big Iron’s biggest selling point might well be its proven security model.

Analysis: Lifting the Hood on Sun’s New UltraSPARC T2 Chip

Sun’s next-gen multicore design boasts a number of enhancements -- including dedicated FPUs for each core -- which make it a better overall processor.

How IBM’s Updated z/OS Improves Security

Big Blue’s vision: a System z-centered security hub—along the lines of the mainframe-based Information hubs it’s been touting for a year now.

SHARE Conference Focuses on Disaster Recovery, Mainframe Resiliency

Thanks to its reputation for resiliency, the mainframe is widely viewed as the preeminent platform for disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

IBM Announces Ambitious Distributed-to-Mainframe Consolidation Project

At $250 million over five years, the projected savings are real and substantial -- and the PR benefits, especially for System z, are even more important.

The Changing Face of Disaster Recovery

SHARE recently announced a list of five disaster recovery and business continuity recommendations that it says all mainframe shops would do well to follow.