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What’s A Mainframer?

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Nothing has been more discussed in the IT world over the last few years than "the cloud." And, as you have read many times on this Website, IBM has been a big advocate of the cloud, as have most all major IT vendors. But, for many large enterprises, the idea of moving large chunks of their IT business to the cloud seemed a little scary. Most were were following its progress and have been happy to let other companies try it first so they could gauge its success. Well, one company jumped in with both feet after some arm twisting and help from IBM—that company is Chubb. Chubb is a forward leaning insurance company that is always looking to gain an edge over its competitors. I recently read an interesting article about this very topic on the Enterprise Cloud News Website. It was written by Mitch Wagner and the title is, Mainframe Cloud? That's Nuts! I have taken the liberty of re-posting it here…

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While IBM focuses on its strategic imperatives, especially cognitive computing, Compuware is fueling a mainframe software renaissance on its own. It’s latest two announcements brings Java-like unit testing to COBOL code via its Topaz product set and automate and intelligently optimize the processing of batch jobs through its acquisition of MVS Solutions. Both modernize and simplify the processes around legacy mainframe coding thus the reference to mainframe software renaissance…

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For years the IT press has been chronicling the demise of the mainframe, only to observe its amazing staying power in the world's largest enterprises. One reason the mainframe still reigns supreme is its power, upward compatibility, security and availabilty,  Another reason is the fact that there are multiple millions of lines of proprietary code that would take decades to replicate on other platforms…

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As 2017 begins, let's talk about how using mainframes to process and protect data can keep hackers from having another banner year.

2016 was a strange year marked by everything from election surprises to a seemingly endless spate of celebrity deaths. But when historians look back at this mirum anno—weird year—it may end up being known as the year of the data breach…

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