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  Mainframes - CIO.com - Business Technology Leadership
Just proving that your mainframe saves money for the company is not enough anymore.
You also must prove that IT is helping to bring in new revenue.
Fortunately, technology can help you extend your mainframe to help in that effort.
www.cio.com /topic/1451/Mainframes   (1269 words)

  Mainframe computer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mainframes (often colloquially referred to as big iron) are large and "expensive" computers used mainly by government institutions and large companies for mission critical applications, typically bulk data processing such as censuses, industry/consumer statistics, ERP, and financial transaction processing.
Nearly all mainframes have the ability to run (or "host") multiple operating systems and thereby operate not as a single computer but as a number of "virtual machines." In this role, a single mainframe can replace dozens or even hundreds of smaller servers, reducing management and administrative costs while providing greatly improved scalability and reliability.
The distinction between supercomputers and mainframes is not a hard and fast one, but generally one can say that supercomputers focus on problems which are limited by calculation speed while mainframes focus on problems which are limited by Input/Output and reliability.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mainframe   (2229 words)

 IBM mainframe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An IBM mainframe is a large, high-performance computer made by International Business Machines (IBM).
Mainframe computers traditionally are expensive, physically large, and have high transaction processing and I/O performance, but are not as expensive and high-performance as supercomputers.
IBM mainframes run all the major enterprise transaction processing environments and databases, including CICS, IMS, WebSphere Application Server, DB2, and Oracle.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/IBM_mainframe   (441 words)

 IBM MAINFRAME FORUM : Career growth in Mainframes?
The advent of minicomputers in the seventies and desktop PCs in the eighties was expected to ring the death knell for mainframes, which were considered to be large, inflexible, expensive and difficult to use.
For instance, a Meta Group report states that mainframes won't be able to match the price and performance improvements (close to 35 percent a year) of Intel-based servers, which are emerging with mainframe-like capabilities.
India missed an era of mainframe and legacy systems due to the absence of global IT majors in the country from the late seventies till the early nineties.
www.ibmmainframes.com /post-4317.html   (705 words)

 MAINFRAMES HAVE STAYING POWER   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The operating system on a mainframe was cryptic, requiring a specialized skill set, and it was difficult for ordinary users to get information from the computer.
Unlike mainframes, client-server systems often come from various suppliers, and the different components may not be integrated or adapted to the company's needs.
I'd say most people had written them off as a force of change because they were identified with the mainframe and forces of inertia, but they're reinventing themselves very rapidly and learning how to use information technology for the strategic benefit of society.
www.gsb.stanford.edu /research/faculty/news_releases/saloner/mainframes.htm   (656 words)

 Mainframe Programming @ muraleedharan.com
The mainframe continues to grow and transform itself while maintaining its reliability, security and speed.
Mainframe skills, however, are hard to find; moreover, it is difficult to train new people as the mainframe environment is not flexible enough.
Mainframe is an industry term for a large computer, typically manufactured by a large company such as IBM for the commercial applications of Fortune 1000 businesses and other large-scale computing purposes.
muraleedharan.tripod.com /mainframe_programming.html   (526 words)

 IBM mainframes still chugging after all these years | Tech News on ZDNet
Several early mainframe pioneers are expected to gather at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., later on Wednesday to celebrate the anniversary.
IBM is integrating more common parts into its z line of mainframes (which succeeded the S line in 2000), but the series still features a processor not found in other computers, the company's own z/OS operating system, its own file system and a distinct method for formatting hard drives, among other singularities.
Mainframe hardware can cost nearly twice as much as other high-end systems, he said, and software licensing costs can boost operating costs differences even higher.
news.zdnet.com /2100-9584_22-5186020.html   (1758 words)

 Chapter 4-- Client/Server Basics and Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The mainframes had the capacity to compute but were slow and could handle only a limited number of users.
Mainframe users were tied to small "dumb terminals," essentially keyboards and monitors with no capacity to compute or process information.
These computers were fast compared with the mainframe, which usually was slowed due to the number of users logged on from the individual dumb terminals.
kia.etel.ru /lib/intranu/ch4.htm   (4251 words)

 IBM mainframe operating system program upgrade change project development
We are committed to creating the finest customized IBM mainframe systems in the industry.
The IBM "Big Iron" mainframe has been the workhorse of medium to large companies for over 35 years.
It's only the size of a dishwasher, but it's crammed with 1,024 microprocessors, housed in an innovative slanted cabinet and can perform a whopping 2 trillion calculations per second, ranking it as one of the world's fastest supercomputers.
www.vikingwaters.com /htmlpages/mainframe.htm   (760 words)

Mainframe is an industry term for a large computer.
It was the first of the pioneering line of IBM 700 series mainframe computers, including the 702, 704, 705 and 709.
As mainframe markets shrunk some companies were assimilated by their peers and other congregated into even larger firms.
www.thocp.net /hardware/mainframe.htm   (3237 words)

 Linux on mainframes enters phase 2 | CNET News.com
Linux has been able to run on mainframes for only a few months now, but the alliance is moving into a new phase as mainframe software companies add their support.
The mainframe push dovetails with a shift under way at the twice-annual Linux show, which has gradually acquired a businesslike tone and moved away from nerd-oriented features such as a protracted question-and-answer sessions with Torvalds.
IBM, largely the last company still selling the refrigerator-sized mainframe servers, is leading the Linux charge with its wholehearted adoption of the OS and a new Linux-only mainframe.
news.com.com /2100-1001-823787.html   (2170 words)

 Report roasts Linux on mainframes | Tech News on ZDNet
In a report published this week, Meta Group said that while mainframes running Linux have some advantages in the short term, after two years or so these will become irrelevant as the cost of Intel-based servers continues to drop and their management capabilities improve.
Mainframes are ideal for consolidation because of their ability to run many different partitions, each with its own operating system.
Meta Group argues that IBM's mainframes will not be able to match the price/performance improvement of systems based on commodity hardware, which it pegs at about 35 percent a year.
news.zdnet.com /2100-3513_22-909084.html   (500 words)

MICROS TO MAINFRAMES INC financial statements of executive compensation data are available in their proxy statements.
MICROS TO MAINFRAMES INC income statements for executive base pay and bonus are filed yearly with the SEC in the edgar filing system.
MICROS TO MAINFRAMES INC annual reports of executive compensation and pay are searchable and most commonly found in the Def 14a documents.
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 Will Mainframes die?
Mainframe development and usage is as logical as any other computer system, but the latest generation of software engineers want everything to be placed in their brain on day one.
Mainframe is not compared with anything, but everyone and every machine tries to measure up to a Mainframe!
Mainframes provide very good disk access speeds, especially for large volumes and good database services.
www.geocities.com /vasudevanvrv/resumes/mfdienot.htm   (1023 words)

 SWsoft: : Response to Shahin Khan’s “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”
Unlike mainframes, which are designed for large numbers of processors, Sun’s architecture based on SMP results in a significant amount of CPU power to be taken up by memory I/O processing.
The size of the mainframe’s processor cache is perfectly sized for the mainframe’s processors, as additional cache would have no performance value.
In addition to the mainframe having higher value, the management and maintenance of 250 Netras is an enormous burden to an organization and increases the Total Cost of Ownership.
www.sw-soft.com /en/news/id,1111   (3501 words)

 IBM doubling processing power of mainframes - Tech News & Reviews - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The z9 also holds twice the memory, storage and input-output capacity of the eighth generation of mainframes announced in May 2003 and known as T-Rex, IBM officials said.
Mainframes were nearly written off for dead when server farms composed of lower-cost Intel or Unix machines from rival like Sun Microsystems Inc. were all the rage in the Internet era.
Mainframes deliver one-third of IBM sales and perhaps more in profit.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/8715867   (832 words)

 ITworld.com - Mainframes: The iron Web
Mainframes became the symbol of stolid reliability for many years in IT departments.
As a result, companies began tweaking their mainframes so that they could be accessed through the Internet.
In addition to the fact that mainframes can now be connected to Web-based front ends, rising deployments of large-scale ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems, which require extra measures of reliability, have also helped bring them back into favor.
www.itworld.com /Comp/1364/IW001211hngrave3/pfindex.html   (381 words)

 28000 Mainframes
All 28000 mainframes accept field replaceable, low-noise AC or DC power supplies to provide clean power to the signal conditioner cards.
The rear panels of the mainframes have cutouts to allow low-level signal input cables to be mated directly to the conditioner cards for optimal signal-to-noise performance.
The 28000 mainframes are equipped with TEST and MONITOR analog busses that allow the user to insert test signals to any conditioner input and monitor any signal conditioner output without disconnecting any signal cables.
www.pfinc.com /products/conditioning_systems/28000/28k_mf.htm   (420 words)

 Is mainframe Linux toast? - TechUpdate - ZDNet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If META is right, a whole bunch of people at IBM and mainframe Linux distributors SuSE, TurboLinux, and Red Hat should get ready to post their resumes on Monster.com.
The META report says that mainframe configurations of Linux will fall out of favor as soon as 2005, by which time Unix and Intel-based Windows and Linux solutions will have enough mainframe-like features without the mainframe-like costs to make those options the better choice.
In addition to the research and development that IBM is pouring into its mainframe offerings, the old staples of mainframe-class systems (like their legendary I/O throughput) will not be threatened by any up and comers any time soon.
techupdate.zdnet.com /techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2865455,00.html   (970 words)

 itmWEB: IT Resources Link Collection
Texsas Technologies is a leading training, consultancy and development Organization offering IBM Mainframe Training Courses and state-of-the-art placement oriented courses.
Mainframe programmers have been relying on Murach books for quick, practical training and reference in subjects like COBOL, DB2, CICS, and JCL since 1974.
Named for their red covers, these are "how to" books, written by very experienced IBM professionals from all over the world.
www.itmweb.com /cgi-bin/dclinks/dclinks.cgi?action=view_category&category=Mainframes   (507 words)

 Daytronic Corporation - System 10 Mainframes and Accessories
Each rack integrates with the existing mainframe to provide plug-in slots for up to 24 additional System 10 "A Cards." The mainframe must be returned to the factory for installation of one or more 10KN0's.
The Model 10P80D Extended Keyboard is recommended for use with those "A-sized" mainframes that do not have their own internal data display, either "billboard" or multichannel (the Models 10KU, 10K1C, and 10K4TA), as an alternative to the Model 10VFD-R Display Option; it cannot be used with a "B-sized" mainframe.
The Model 10P25A Operator's Keyboard is intended primarily for use with a "B-sized" mainframe, an "A-sized" "KD" mainframe (10KU-KD or 10K4T-KD), or an "A-sized" mainframe that has local multichannel display (10K2D or 10K4T-DA), as an alternative to the Model 10P80A Extended Keyboard.
www.daytronic.com /products/10k/10kmainfr.htm   (2316 words)

 Unisys unveils new mainframes built for Web services   (Site not responding. Last check: )
"Mainframe systems have always delivered the best IT value in terms of sheer power, reliability and resiliency, but too often the data has been isolated, giving legacy systems a bad rap," said Kevin McHugh, vice president, Unisys Platform Marketing.
With up to two OS 2200 processors, and support for up to eight Intel Xeon processors MP, the Dorado 110 is suited for entry-level mainframe tasks, as well as application development and testing, disaster recovery and business continuance.
The Dorado 140, which will replace the CS7402 midrange mainframe, scales from eight to 16 OS 2200 processors, and supports eight to 24 Xeon processors in one or two domains.
www.unisysworld.com /monthly/art.php/153   (692 words)

 IBM mainframe: System z9 and zSeries
IBM mainframe, the epicenter of security management for your enterprise.
A collection of opinions from engineers, developers, programmers, users and influencers who share a passion for the past and future of mainframe computing.
Listen to IBM mainframe customers describe how they meet their business and technical challenges and position themselves for growth.
www-1.ibm.com /servers/eserver/zseries   (205 words)

 IT Myth 2: Eighty percent of corporate data resides on mainframes | InfoWorld | Award | 2004-08-13 | By Ed ...
Even with the desktop revolution, the notion that mainframes held at least 80 percent of all corporate data remained intact through the mid-1990s in the minds of many.
Plus with all the blogs, instant messages, e-mails that do not pass through a mainframe, the amount of data now residing on mainframes is now probably in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 percent,” says Stephen O’Grady, senior analyst at RedMonk.
Another trend eating away at the mainframe’s dominance is the rise of SANs and NAS appliances.
www.infoworld.com /article/04/08/13/33FEmyth2_1.html?s=feature   (1337 words)

 FindArticles search for "mainframes"
Mainframes are supposedly old school, but some companies are interested in using them for a new purpose: hosting thousands of virtual Linux servers to support a large number of workers on PCs, without
IBM is extending its zSeries mainframes both literally and figuratively.
IBM is linking its zSeries mainframe with its BladeCenter servers as a way of helping businesses simplify their IT infrastructure.
www.findarticles.com /p/search?tb=art&qt=mainframes   (711 words)

 Ace's Hardware
The term mainframe was originally coined to refer to the very large computer systems that occupied very large steel framed boxes, and was used to differentiate them from the smaller mini- or micro-computers.
Although some have used the term "mainframe" to refer to IBM's AS/400 or iSeries systems, this is an improper use of the term; even IBM considers those systems as mid-range servers rather than mainframes.
Another more humorous definition of a mainframe can be found in Isham Research's Devil's IT Dictionary: "an obsolete device still used by thousands of obsolete companies serving billions of obsolete customers and making huge obsolete profits for their obsolete shareholders.
www.aceshardware.com /read.jsp?id=50000316   (463 words)

Mainframes can achieve "four nines" or "five nines" availability: 99.99 or 99.999 percent uptime.
In fact, IBM's Server Group claims that the mean time between critical failures (MTBCF) for its System/390 mainframes -- that is, the average time between failures that force a reboot and an initial program load -- is 20 to 30 years.
Yet mainframes are big, complex systems that often have clusters of CPUs, gigab ytes of main memory, and thousands of users.
www.byte.com /art/9804/sec5/art3.htm   (754 words)

 Linux on the IBM ESA/390 Mainframe Architecture
The IBM Linux/390 port is the biggest thing to happen in the mainframe world in many years, with explosive interest and standing-room-only presentations.
IBM Unveils Way to Make Mainframes Act Like Hundreds of Smaller Servers is a press release that positions Linux/VM as a threat to Sun.
Despite its unusual entrance into the public eye, it has caught the imagination of all, and is currently the focus of all development and deployment efforts.
linas.org /linux/i370.html   (1712 words)

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