The value of the mainframe – The modernised mainframe still has a bright future as Enterprise Server 3.0

For the largest systems, it is simply easier (and probably cheaper) to provide the levels of throughput, resiliance and security that a large regulated business requires on a mainframe, but the mainframe can become a risk-averse silo, acting as a brake on the evolution of a mutable business. The mainframe must be modernised as “just another – very powerful – server”, playing an equal part in enterprise IT, and its cultural silo must be dismantled. We call the modernised mainframe Enterprise Server 3.0 (ES-3) – 1.0 was the 1980s mainframe, 2.0 was the (incompletely delivered) 1990s clustering technology.

Author/s: David Norfolk

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