Big Iron Redux

Summary:There's a great piece out by InfoWorld's Eric Knorr on the impending resurgence of the ultimate SOA machine: the mainframe. Big Iron is constantly given up for dead, yet IBM is reporting record sales, especially the ones that run Linux.

There's a great piece out by InfoWorld's Eric Knorr on the impending resurgence of the ultimate SOA machine: the mainframe. Big Iron is constantly given up for dead, yet IBM is reporting record sales, especially the ones that run Linux.

A very short history -- mainframes were accessed by "green screen" terminals that were eventually emulated on PCs, then through browsers. Now, Web services components capture mainframe-based processes, while leveraging Big Iron as a data repository. Web services/SOA will extend mainframe investments well into the future, and mainframes will provide reliability and scalability to Web services/SOA. That's pretty good synergy.








Topics: Cloud

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Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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