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Transactions on the mainframe have increased exponentially with developments like digital payment platforms and mobile apps, adding upward of 30 percent more transactions per customer to the queue in just the past few years. But many organizations are freezing mainframe budgets, not considering the spike in transactions and increasingly demanding service level agreements (SLAs). Why?…

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It’s no secret that the dreaded “skills gap” is affecting the mainframe market. It’s getting harder and harder to find people who know COBOL or Assembler, and organizations that rely on these systems often have open job postings because there’s no perfect match for the positions they’re trying to fill. So what can companies and government agencies that rely on Big Iron do to foster the next generation of mainframers?…

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In January, CA acquired Automic for $640 million and, in April, acquired Veracode for $614 million.

At first glance, CA customers might view these acquisitions positively. Automic had some interesting cloud automation capabilities. Veracode had excellent technology for application security testing. Together, the two acquisitions seemingly support CA’s desperate longing to be relevant in the non-mainframe DevOps toolchain market…

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One of the often overlooked benefits of the introduction of a new mainframe like the Z is cost savings. Even though the machine may cost more, the cost of the performance and capabilities it delivers typically cost less on a per-unit basis. In the case of the new Z, it’s not just a modest drop in price/performance. With the new Z, IBM announced three new Container Pricing models for IBM Z, providing greatly simplified software pricing that promises flexible deployment with competitive economics vs. public clouds and on-premises x86 environments…

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By now you have certainly heard of IBM’s latest mainframe, the long-awaited z14, which the company refers to as Z. An announcement of a new mainframe usually doesn’t attract much notice, but maybe this announcement should. Even if you are not a mainframe fan this machine offers a solution that helps everybody—pervasive encryption of all data with no impact on operations or performance and with no need to take much action on your part, except to plug the machine in…

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