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The #IBMz mainframe is the most powerful, scalable and secure platform on the planet. It’s also the most TCO-efficient. If you have any doubts about that, just take a look at these blogs: "Turn Out The Lights...The Party's Over! Mainframes Rout Commodity Servers!"and "VMware’s Success = Distributed Computing’s Failure in Masquerading as a Mainframe."

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As a staunch believer in the value of the IBM mainframe ( and have been for the past 30 years), I eagerly look forward to BMC's Annual Mainframe Research Study. And the 2016 version does nothing but affirm my strong belief in the platform. The bottom line for me is their statement that the mainframe is indeed here to stay, based on their survey results which found that 89 percent of mainframe users predict its long-term viability. That's very strong!…

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For decades we’ve all been hearing about the demise of the mainframe. And yes, a fair number of small to mid-sized companies have switched to distributed systems. But there were also enterprises that abandoned their goal to get rid of their mainframe after spending multiple millions of dollars in the effort. I wonder how many companies decided to soldier on with their mainframe after getting to year eight of their five-year plan to be mainframe free…

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According to IDC: "The digital universe is growing so fast that by 2020 it will contain nearly as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe. The data we create and copy annually will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes." With such mammoth data growth, it may seem impossible that we could do anything to slow down this massive data tsunami. But, according to Richard Whomes, senior director at Rocket Softrware, in his recent Blog titled, Don't Be a Data Hoarder,  "To help you ensure that your data stays in the right places, here are seven tips to keep in mind…

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The latest iteration of IBM’s z/OS workload pricing aims at to lower the cost of running cloud workloads. In a recent announcement, z Systems Workload Pricing for Cloud (zWPC) for z/OS seeks to minimize the impact of new public cloud workload transaction growth on Sub-Capacity license charges. IBM did the same thing with mobile workloads when they started driving up the four-hour workload averages on the z. As more z workloads interact with public clouds this should start to add up, if it hasn’t already…

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In my previous Blog, I spoke about the tremendous opportunities available for young mainframe programmers and developers who will bypass their preconceived notions about working on mainframes. But, it's not just misconceptions among these potential new mainframers: The organizations looking for mainframe employees need to overcome their own misconceptions about hiring them…

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