IT Management

Historic Marist College Embraces Mainframe’s Future

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Just over a century ago, the Marist Brothers arrived in New York’s Hudson River Valley to train young men to continue the brothers’ vocation as great educators. What started as a seminary for training has become a leading college of arts and sciences.

Marist’s proud tradition is the foundation for a state-of-the-art school, providing students with the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century. The Princeton Review lists it in both “Best Colleges” and “Most Connected Campuses.”

Though a few remaining brothers teach courses, the college is no longer formally connected to the Marist congregation. It is, however, still committed to providing a well-rounded education that includes a sense of community and service to the community.

Emphasizing technology leadership, the college’s strategic plan notes that Marist “… seeks to distinguish itself by the manner in which it uses information technology to support teaching, learning, and scholarship at undergraduate and graduate levels. …” A longtime IBM mainframe flagship, the school is now a hub of worldwide mainframe education, both on campus and via distance learning.

Marist’s data center hosts a diverse modern server environment with:

• Two System z mainframes running z/OS, z/VM, and Linux on System z

• Three System p servers running AIX and Red Hat Linux

• Intel-based Linux and Windows 2003 Servers

• About 200 traditional servers

• More than 600 virtual servers

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