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Immutable Table Function

Should DB2 have an Immutable Table Function?

I love hearing about Blockchain; if you are involved in Fintech, then surely by now you have heard a lot about it, and that it holds a tremendous amount of promise for Internet business. Fundamentally, it guarantees the validity of[...]

Making a Modern Mainframer

It’s no secret that the dreaded “skills gap” is affecting the mainframe market. It’s getting harder and harder to find people who know COBOL or Assembler, and organizations that rely on these systems often have open job postings because there’s[...]

The New IBM z14: More Secure, Flexible, Powerful and Analytical Than Ever Before

Mainframe IT professionals always get excited when IBM announces a new version of its stalwart mainframe z Systems platform. And on July 17, 2017 IBM announced its latest and greatest mainframe hardware, dubbed the IBM z14. Coming more than two[...]

Recent Blog Posts

GDPR and what it means to you

(What will be the impact in the mainframe datacenter?) GDPR changes the rules The EU will be introducing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May of this year – it is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20[...]

Getting the basics right

Mainframes are expensive – no-one disagrees with that. But what they can do is run industrial strength workloads for less than it would cost on other platforms with much less likelihood of any kind of system malfunction. Having said that,[...]
Blockchain Challenges

Blockchain: Challenges, opportunities, and a car in every driveway

When the automobile replaced the horse and carriage, it was just considered to be a faster horse. What you might ask, does this have to do with blockchain and its challenges and opportunities? Let’s begin by considering the challenges and opportunities[...]
Machine Learning

Bringing Machine Learning to Big Iron

In today’s data driven economies there is evermore pressure to drive financial returns and payback for IT investments, increasing the need for IT organizations to deliver both analytics and digital transformation with practical and meaningful business outcomes. The need for instant[...]
Myth-Information

Don’t Believe the Myth-information about the Mainframe: Part 3

In this series, Janet Sun explores and dispels numerous myths around the mainframe. Continued from Part 1 and Part 2. What Do You Lose by Moving Off the Mainframe? Efficiency Typically, distributed servers support a single application workload.  How many business applications does[...]

About Planet Mainframe

Within the Planet Mainframe collaborative environment, members work to provide the mainframe community with access to articles, workshops, online events and the Planet Mainframe blog to share best practices and innovative approaches to the continually evolving world of mainframe technology.

The founding members of Planet Mainframe represent the world’s leading and highly specialized independent software vendors (ISVs) within the highly complex Mainframe and z Systems ecosystems.

As Planet Mainframe continues to flourish, new members are reminded of the few simple ideals upon which the mainframe alliance has been founded:

  • Mediocrity and Status Quo are not acceptable
  • Innovation does NOT equal risk
  • Users don’t have to be limited by any one vendor.
  • You can deliver on all Run, Grow, and Transform initiatives
  • Creativity is encouraged


If you share these values and would like to learn more about the alliance or if you’d like to share your expertise through the blog, please visit the Become a Member page and complete the form.