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Z News is all Good for IBM

by Administrator on July 21, 2015

mfThis is one of those cases when I am delighted to say, “I TOLD YOU SO.”

The new mainframe from IBM that I have been tracking since January is putting up some solid sales numbers in today’s second quarter earnings report from Big Blue.  Business Insider has the stats and charts.

I have been a huge fan of the MF since my earliest days in the data center.  My first one was an IBM 4361, though I used earlier models when doing statistics in college.

Frankly, I am getting misty thinking about a whole new generation of kids who have grown up on x96 tinker toys, never understanding the idea or advantages of a mainframe.  So, I made up these images to help “edumacate the newbs”.

First off, everybody likes clouds.  Well, mainframes are clouds.  They are an important component of any sort of viable enterprise cloud strategy for a lot of reasons…

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To quote Led Zeppelin in Stairway to Heaven, “[I]t’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune, then the piper will lead us to reason.” So, it has apparently come to be with mainframes. The word is getting out how they enable fast allocation and deallocation of resources to application workload, how they are capable of hosting up to 8000 virtual machines, how they consume much less power and cooling and floorspace than all the racks of servers that would be required to provide the same application hosting capabilities…

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That makes them green.  Super green.

And it is only right that IBM gets to harvest them…

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Congrats to the IBM zSystem team.

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