Welcome to Planet Mainframe

The world’s premiere resource for leading-edge mainframe technology. Built on the premise of collaborative innovation, Planet Mainframe was formed to provide the mainframe community with access to a broad and unmatched source of specialized knowledge—far beyond that available through a typical channel or single-vendor scenario.

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.

Featured Planet Mainframe Blog Posts


Don't get fooled by the Mainframe FUD

I've been seeing FUD (Fear! Uncertainty! Doubt!) articles like this one for years now and while it's pretty easy to see through them, this time I decided that I just have to say something. The gist of the article, as[...]

Four ways Mainframe shops can embrace Mobile

Part 5: Create New Interfaces for Existing Assets This is the final installment of a five-part series about how mainframe shops can embrace the needs of new mobile workloads. Last time, we looked at a solution that would replace the existing online[...]
big data big opportunity

Big data – big opportunity

You’ve heard people talking about it and finally your organization has decided that there is a business case for going down that route, but what does big data involve? What do you need to know? After all, mainframes have always[...]

Recent Planet Mainframe Blog Posts


Punk’s not dead and neither is the mainframe

Admittedly, I’m as much a music fan as I’m a technophile—perhaps it’s this combination that makes it easy for me to draw comparisons from the punk music genre to that of the mainframe. After all, punk hasn’t changed—it has simply[...]

Why the Mainframe is more relevant than ever in the “Hybrid” World

If you’ve earned your living in the IT field for any length of time, you know that words and phrases come and go with regularity.  “Hybrid” is one of the words de jour. And, it’s a good word. My only[...]

Six ways to improve IT Efficiency and Profitability for Healthcare Insurance Companies

If you’re a healthcare insurance company, you’ve probably felt the repercussions of the Affordable Care Act. Since its inception, it has created the largest growth in the number of insured people in four decades—greatly affecting the IT burden within the[...]

3 ways VMware has succeeded - Distributed Computing’s Failure in Masquerading as a Mainframe

With $6 billion in revenue, VMware is heralded as a great success in the enterprise tech sector. However, VMware’s success is a clear indicator of the failure of distributed computing. Here’s why: Reason #1: A $6 billion band-aid The first chapter of the sad[...]

The New Era of Mainframe and Mobility

How proven technology is the only technology for the global mobile paradigm It’s no secret—the disparaging things we hear behind closed doors and in darkened IT lunch rooms, the rumors that the mainframe is dead or, at the very least, going[...]