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The z14 was introduced in the summer of 2017. So, it’s been a little over two years since IBM released a new top end mainframe, which seems about the right time for a new z. Unlike the z14, this machine is not focusing on the speeds and feeds, although they appear quite robust. With the z15, the focus is on multicloud environments.  No surprise there. IBM has been singing the gospel of multicloud and hybrid clouds for over a year…

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Here’s something to think about: Despite the fact that IBM stopped manufacturing personal computers in 2005, deciding instead to focus on higher margin business services, the company continues to produce mainframes and by all estimates will continue manufacturing them well into the future. The question is, why? The answer: Because there is still significant demand for this type of hardware…

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A Wake-Up Call!

Many organizations have mainframe computers installed, yet the senior management of those organizations seem to be sleep-walking into the future without realizing the power of the mainframe, the amount of revenue that results from the use of the mainframe, and the potential the mainframe has to drive the business forward…

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There's been a lot of talk (and articles written) lately about replacing mainframes. The usual reasons have more to do with the perceived lack of qualified people to work on mainframes due to retirements or lack of interest, than with problems with the mainframes themselves. So, it's good to see examples of companies who aren't trying to find reasons to get rid of their mainframes. I found this terrific article, written by Jennifer Nelson, that takes a more positive look at the value of mainframes. To read this article as it originally appeared in NetworkWorld go here

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The Open Mainframe Project has announced Zowe, a new open source software framework that bridges the divide between modern applications and the mainframe, providing easier interoperability and scalability among products and solutions from multiple vendors. Zowe is the first open source project based on z/OS. In addition to this technical milestone, Rocket Software is now part of the Open Mainframe Project as a Platinum Member, joining Platinum members IBM and CA Technologies as key contributors to the Zowe framework…

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We've created a numbrer of cool and funny (in my opinion) mainframe-centric t-shirts with a tagline similar to the title of this Blog; but I think the title really nails it—Don't Panic: It's On the Mainframe! I recently came across this short article in the Global Banking & Finance Review. It's written by Richard Whomes and you can read it in its original form here

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