3 dimensional thinking

The Mainframe: Three Dimensional Thinking In IT

This is not an article on multidimensional databases, 3D rendering, or spatial databases, but rather how CIOs in IT think, based on their education, experience and professional motivations.

A good friend of mine, Pete, recently asked me how many servers does it take to equal a mainframe? He’s actually quite a smart guy, a Salesman and former software Engineer, but has never worked in the mainframe business, and knows nothing about it. But it was a fair question, and I had to answer “x”—a variable. This did not satisfy him at all, as you might imagine, but that’s the truth—it depends upon many variables.

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Mainframes on Autopilot!

Yes, mainframes are now on autopilot, not unlike Tesla automobiles! While everyone is chasing the next big, disruptive unicorn like Uber or Airbnb, bright mainframe engineers are quietly disrupting the industry with new customer-driven innovations. If you are into capacity planning, then you would be thrilled to learn about these latest trends and innovations in the mainframe world.

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The Need for Speed: Four Reasons Why Data Virtualization is Replacing ETL

One of the challenges of working in the modern world is adjusting to a faster and faster speed of computing. Globalization and mobile technology mean instant communications and near-instantaneous reactions are the minimum benchmark a firm must meet to keep up. Luckily, the business world has the mainframe, the fastest and arguably one of the most powerful computer platforms available. Mainframes are more than capable of processing all the instantaneous interactions our digital-age business world requires, from communication across systems, to logging transactions, to performing analytics in real time.

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Settling for less

I was reading the news on CNN recently about a power outage in California, which reminded me of some serious black outs in Costa Rica a while back. A friend was there on business, and it ruined an important business meeting that he had spent months setting up. It also reminded me of the northeast blackout that happened here in 2003, which caused some problems for us at home.

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Business Intelligence – you either have it or you don’t…

Definition of Business: …the practice of making one’s living by engaging in commerce…
Definition of Intelligence: …the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills…
Without both – you will have neither!

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Mainframe optimization on the high seas

Being in the mainframe business for about 10 years now, I hear interesting anecdotes from time to time, often from the most unlikely sources. I may have taken some liberty with the title, but it’s a true story, and it relates well to what I see in the mainframe business all the time.

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Banking Trends

Banking Trends and IT Issues

Digital transformation is impacting businesses far and wide, but you could argue that none are being impacted more dramatically than banking. Over the course of the past few decades the manner in which banks interact with their customers has changed significantly, and more changes are on the horizon.

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Cost vs Performance: an endless battle?

Several techniques to move the needle

For some reason, technology experts are regularly claiming the end of the mainframe. When IBM announced the opportunity to run Linux on hardware mostly dedicated to z/OS, some thought that it was the sign that the platform will disappear slowly but surely. Today, we can attest that it was not. The Open Mainframe Project unites more & more experts from the mainframe world to leverage the best from Linux to push the limits of the mainframe even further.

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Mainframes are used increasingly by major banks and financial institutions

Do you think the mainframe is dead? A dinosaur, an ancient piece of technology that has outlived its usefulness like cathode ray tubes, rotary dial telephones, and dial-up modems?

I have some news for you. The mainframe has adapted: it is alive and well with major banks and financial institutions continually growing their use of mainframes. In fact, mainframes are at the core of their technology strategies. The reason why? Mainframes deliver functionality and reliability unmatched by any other platform.

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Data Centers, Mainframes and the rest

Data Centers, Mainframes and the rest!

When compared to an x86/distributed server environment, the operational costs of the power consumption versus IBM’s Mainframe z Systems are half, while the performance is 30 percent greater (using z Systems as an example.)

So let’s think about that for a minute!

X86/Distributed server power consumption is double that of an IBM Mainframe?

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