The NYSE and a major airline shut down and, in the case of the airline, shuts down twice is just over a month. Major retailers and a Federal employee databases get hacked. This seems like IT service levels from 1965 not 2015.
Does anyone still believe the application economy can actually work the way it should?
On April 10, 2018, IBM announced their latest mainframe offering, the IBM z14 Model ZR1. This announcement came hot on the heels of the original z14, which was delivered less than a year earlier in July 2017. So why the new model? And what does it mean to mainframe users out there?
On April 27, 2016, the European Union passed regulation 2016/679, more popularly known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On May 25, 2018, GDPR implementation began, and enforcement activities started. So which organizations are affected by GDPR regulation, and what are the most difficult IT hurdles to overcome?
While a large chunk of the world seems to think that mainframes are out of date and barely hanging on by the skin of their teeth in organizations that haven’t woken up to modern computing techniques, the rest of us know that mainframes, particularly the z14, are the most secure platforms for computing on the planet, and provide the backbone for 70 percent of the top 500 companies.
The IBM 360 mainframe made its debut in April 1964. With the unprecedented ability to perform 229,000 calculations per second, it became the enterprise platform for transaction-heavy, critical applications. With the emergence in the mid-1980s of mid-range systems (such as SUN’s RISC processor) as well as PCs networked with servers, many thought the mainframe would go the way of the dinosaur. However, in the early 1990s IBM introduced the System/390 family with a groundbreaking computing capacity of 1,000 MIPS (million instructions per second). Since then mainframe computing capacity has increased by more than 30% year-over-year.
Betty White rocks. I mean, she hosted Saturday Night Live—and won an Emmy for it—at the age of 88. At 93, she is still winning awards for shows like Hot in Cleveland and Off Their Rockers, where she is also executive producer.
McKinsey apparently thinks Betty White is out of line. At least that’s the way it seems based on their advocacy of “two-speed IT,” wherein the mainframe is allowed to slowly plod along while Agile/DevOps innovation is restricted to newer web platforms.
The ancient datacenter game of tug-of-war between the need for more computing power, and the need to more closely control ongoing IT costs is never-ending, and continues, as intensely as ever, in today’s large business datacenters.
And with the mainframe enclosed firmly within its no-holds-barred silo, the game is more dramatic than it has ever been. With IT folks outside the silo reminding everyone that ongoing mainframe costs are a drag on the new agile development efforts, those IT folks within the silo remind others that the mainframe is responsible for 75% or more of business revenue, and that access from outside the silo is driving up their operational costs. We’ve all heard these arguments, and to be fair, they’re all true.