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Current demand and future outlook for mainframes in digital business

09 Nov 2016

Digital business has measurable effects on the demand for the mainframe to deliver fast, continuous service.

The mainframe is a highly secure, superior data and transaction server, particularly as digital business adds unpredictability and volatility to workloads.

That’s according to a recent survey conducted by BMC, the industry’s largest mainframe survey with over 1200 executives and tech professionals.

BMC’s survey also indicates that mainframes are a critical core IT platform supporting the volume and velocity of data and transactions being created by digital business. 

Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions Optimisation at BMC, says the 2016 report presents compelling data about the current demand and future outlook for mainframes in digital business.

“With 89% of survey respondents projecting continued strong support for the mainframe, it is clear that companies view the mainframe as a long-term platform," says Miller.

"BMC helps customers transform their mainframes for digital business by helping them optimise their systems, data, and costs.”

For executives planning to grow their investment, value is seen in the mainframe for its availability, performance and security strengths.

Many businesses surveyed concentrated on addressing increasing demands, including rapidly growing speed of application requirements and higher levels of volatility and workload unpredictability.

88% of companies in the increasing group indicated that they run Java applications on the mainframe, primarily to address new digital requirements from customers.

Frank Cortell, director of Information Technology at Credit Suisse, says IT departments are moving toward centralised, virtualised and highly automated environments.

“This is being pursued to drive cost and processing efficiencies. Many companies realise that the Mainframe has provided these benefits for many years and is a mature and stable environment,” says Cortell .

“Companies are considering the Mainframe an integral part of their IT strategy and one that will help them reach their future financial and business goals.”

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