Mainframes are here to stay
An annual survey made by the management software maker BMC shows that 65% of their customers will increase workloads on mainframes and maintain the plattform for the long-term. As I’ve believed for many years the future for the mainframe is bright and in this survey a majority of IT managers report that they will not only continue to use the systems for legacy applications but start moving new workloads that could benefit from the mainframe’s availability and scalability onto the plattform.
In the same survey nearly 75% reported that the availability advantages the mainframe offers makes a difference to their environment and 65% said that the mainframe offered a superior central data serving environment. The ability to integrate legacy applications in newer system through Web services and Service-oriented Architecture makes 44% of the respondents keep their mainframe systems.