The mainframe had a Hollywood moment Sunday night when AMC’s Mad Men introduced an IBM System/360 computer to the office of Sterling Cooper & Partners.
With all its mystery and potential, the mainframe provoked a mixed reaction from the ad shop’s team.
The mainframe persists as a critical technology that’s remained uncannily vital over its first five decades—a truly extraordinary feat, former IBM executive Irving Wladawsky-Berger wrote Apri l 20 in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal.
Mainframes process 2.5 billion gigabytes of data globally daily—a capacity its developers could have scarcely comprehended in the platform’s early days 50 years ago.
I want to echo the importance of discussion and dialog between partners, like SHARE and IBM, to ensure that we all continue to derive value from the benefits delivered by this platform.
If you’re feeling pressure to move your company’s workloads off the mainframe, pause and do a total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis before taking the leap.
That’s the message Innes Read delivered at SHARE in Anaheim, “Mainframe Rehosting – The Ugly Truth about Costs and Quality of Service."