The Value of Mainframes Today

The Value of Mainframes Today

A mainframe is simply a very large computer. And totally different from what you have on your desk. The ranking of a mainframe is as you can see almost at the top. Mainframe is an industry term for a large computer. Their main purpose is to run commercial applications of Fortune 1000 businesses and other large-scale computing purposes. Large organizations continue to make extensive use of mainframes. IBM regularly sets records for its mainframe sales in terms of the capacity.

Mainframes are used with Java, Perl, C, C++, Apache, HTML, and many other web tools. IBM has started both educational and industry initiatives to convince more people to study and use mainframe technologies. Over the course of the last decade there has been considerable discussion about the future development and use of the revered Mainframe platform.

The mainframe continues to grow both in terms of its capabilities, the community around it and, indeed, in the scale of its deployment. It is clear that the mainframe platform has the capacity to deliver an expanding range of IT services cost effectively and the challenge for IBM and the wider mainframe ecosystem is to ensure that organisations understand where its capabilities can be most effectively deployed.

The development of the mainframe as a platform over the last few years is now matched by changes in the wider economic environment to make now a very good time for IBM and its partners to make a serious effort to communicate widely on what the modern mainframe is all about and to help replace any out of date perceptions that may still be out there.

Mainframes are solid and secure. Mainframes are also designed in such a way that they are optimized for multiple transactions which is increasingly what blade servers and clusters are being built for.

Mainframes are somewhat less popular now than they were at one time, but they still serve a useful purpose in some applications. Mainframes have now changed dramatically in size and form, and are not always in the big cabinet-sized boxes we used to associate with the term “mainframe”. Indeed, many mainframes have been shrunk down to the size of a large PCI card, and are plugged into a variety of other systems, with special software which allows the mainframe applications to be run on the add-in card, in parallel with the “normal” OS.

Mainframes have shown the ability, given the proper R&D investments, to keep evolving. The mainframe has long been established as a secure, scalable and reliable platform for high-value data and high-volume transactions such as enterprise resource planning, online order-taking and financial transaction processing. Today, IT teams continue to rely on the unmatched stability and consistency of mainframe data stores to support business-critical applications.

Because of the silo-centric nature of a typical IT organization, there’s a tendency to overlook the mainframe when it comes to optimizing application performance, or the speed, reliability, security and integrity as experienced by end users

Mainframe applications have changed substantially in the past couple of decades, as they leverage other technology improvements such as the Internet and high-speed global communications. Today’s mainframe application paths are increasingly extending beyond the firewall and out to the Web, where they become customer-facing. Banking at home, buying a retailers’ product, paying your credit card provider online and making travel reservations due to modern applications by expanding the use of mainframe applications.

The evolution of the mainframe as an engine for both customer-facing and corporate productivity applications, and how even subtle mainframe optimizations can drive end-user application performance improvements that bolster business performance and the bottom line.

The term mainframe has gradually moved from a physical description of IBM’s larger computers to the categorization of a style of computing. One defining characteristic of the mainframe has been a continuing compatibility that spans decades.

Throughout the years, mainframe systems have maintained their unique position in supporting some of the most throughput-intensive and business-critical enterprise applications. Mainframes today continue to touch the majority of transactions worldwide, with 72 percent of the world’s financial transactions being processed on mainframes.

Therefore mainframes are now extracting even more value by “re-incarnating” their mainframes – directly integrating them as part of modern architectures.