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There is no question that the IBM mainframe is once more on a roll, thanks primarily to IBM's introduction of the z14 in 2017 and its capability to handle today's more modern, robust requirements. This is made crystal clear in an excellent article I recently read by Derek Britton, Micro Focus' director of AMC strategy. You can read the original article here

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Most knowledgeable mainframers always knew the mainframe was not only not dead; it would only get better, and would soon become indespensible, especially when paired with DevOps. I recently came across a blog that discussed this very topic. It was written by Marcel Hartog, an old friend and frequent contributor to our two mainfame magazines, Enterprise Executive and Enterprise Tech Journal. You can read his blog in its original form here

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We often hear snide comments that basically say the mainframe was great in its day, but its not ready  for prime time. Or, in other words, the mainframe just can't handle today's workloads or attract today's hot-shot young IT professionals. I just came across an excellent blog (written by Rocket Software's George Smyth) that totally debunks all of that tired old rubbish. I have taken the liberty of re-posting it here (to read it in its original form go here)…

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Another day, another data breach. And even as IT experts, how many of us feel confident that we know who has our data? And which data? The revelation that your Facebook information was a factor in a number of elections has to make you wonder and perhaps, worry. Even if we aren’t guilty of “over-sharing,” you can discover that many sites change their privacy settings frequently, thus putting the onus on you to constantly monitoring the settings on all the sites you go to. Who has time?…

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Just recently IBM unveiled two miniaturized mainframe models, dubbed skinny mainframes,that are easier to deploy in a public or private cloud facility than their more traditional, much bulkier predecessors. Relying on all their design tricks, IBM engineers managed to pack each machine into a standard 19-inch rack with space to spare, which can be used for additional components…

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