Why IT Shops Still Love the Mainframe

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-12-01 Email

The mainframe may seem like a relic from the 1960s, but it continues to support IT operations around the world in very valuable ways, according to a recent survey from BMC. The accompanying "BMC Annual Mainframe Research" report reveals that most of the IT professionals and managers surveyed believe the mainframe will help enterprises stay successful for the long haul, with many indicating that it will continue to take on even more workloads. The advantages of mainframes include security, availability and the opportunity to centralize data servers efficiently. In other words, the mainframe may carry that "old slipper" reputation, but it's a useful, reliable and valuable slipper that will remain relevant in this age of cloud computing and mobile technology. "Mobile services with their need to be 'always on, always available' to consumers are driving increased interest in mainframe technology due to its ability to speed the delivery of secure data, coupled with its high availability," said Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions Optimization at BMC. More than 1,200 respondents—primarily global technology professionals and managers—took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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