Mainframes


Watson Supercomputer Power Offered to Develop Enterprise Mobile Apps

To generate interest in its enterprise-class Watson supercomputer platform now being offered as a service, IBM is encouraging mobile app developers to harness its "cognitive computing" power in a developer challenge contest.

Mainframes and IT: The Year in Review

This year saw more ups than downs, at least for mainframe boosters.

Will EC12 Be a Sales Behemoth?

Although the zEnterprise EC12 probably won't match the record-breaking performance of its predecessor, it should provide a big boost to Big Blue's bottom line.

IBM Goes Big on Big Data at IOD

Not surprisingly, big-data-a-la-Big-Blue has a distinctly dollars-and-cents flavor to it.

Survey Says: Business as Usual for Big Iron

Shops with large mainframe investments tend to double down on Big Iron; small shops, on the other hand, are trying to wean off of them. Call it a case of expansion versus austerity.

IBM Unveils Powerful New EC12 Mainframe

Big Blue has announced its biggest and brawniest Big Iron system to date. Thanks to a new analytics-based health assessment capability, it might be the smartest-ever mainframe, too.

ClearPath: Unisys' Shining Star?

Strong demand for its ClearPath mainframe platform helped boost Unisys' profits in Q2.



Down Was Up for IBM Corp.

Even though Big Blue’s revenues shrank, its earnings increased last quarter.

Going Mobile: Introducing Your Mainframe to Modern Tools

With the proper process controls, you can now allow access for any class of device and "future proof" yourself from what comes next.

Q&A: Mainframe Migration Up Close

Hardware migrations can be tricky. We discuss the keys to Kansas City Southern Railway's migration from mainframe to Linux.

Behind IBM's Bifurcated Hybrid Computing Strategy

For most organizations, choosing between Big Blue's two hybrid computing visions is simple, but what about shops that need both? That's where it gets tricky.

IBM Expands Its PureSystems Pitch

If IT's too costly, that's because it's too labor-intensive. IBM positions PureSystems as a focused effort to cut -- if not slash -- these labor costs.

Update: State of the Mainframe

Demand for mainframes dropped off late last year -- and was down in the first three months of 2012, too. Is it time for Big Iron boosters to start worrying? No -- it's all good.

The Enterprise IT Year That Was

From Windows on the mainframe (almost) to Big Iron and tablet growth, plus leadership changes at major tech companies and the passing of a trio of tech titans, it was an interesting year for IT professionals.

Windows on Mainframes Due December 16

Windows on the Big Blue's hardware is almost here.

IBM Platform Decisions HPC

With its recent acquisition of Platform Computing, IBM is betting on emerging demand for high-performance computing solutions.

Proprietary Mainframe Servers in Decline -- Except for IBM

The use of proprietary mainframe servers continues to decline -- for everybody but IBM. System z, in fact, is doing just fine. The rest of the mainframe field? Not so much.

IBM's New z114: A Most Affordable Big Iron Solution

The new zEnterprise really does comprise Big Blue's most mainstream mainframe release to date. At $75,000, it's certainly the cheapest.

Analysis: Do zEnterprise Results Signal a Slowdown for the Mainframe Market?

With another strong quarterly showing for System z, IBM seems to have put its recent run of mainframe woes behind it. Or has it?

IBM Bringing Windows to the Mainframe Later This Year

IT mainframe pros will have to wait until Q4 to get their first look at IBM's Windows-on-zBX offering. Will it be worth the wait?