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IBM’s 50-Year-Young Mainframe Maintains its Edge with Linux and Open Source
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By Gerald (Jerry) Hosch, Offering Manager for Linux on System z, IBM
Continually evolving and adapting to new and emerging trends and IT, the IBM mainframe which marked its 50th anniversary this year is showing no signs of slowing down.
A history of Innovation and Support for Open Source
The mainframe has been core to many advancements IBM has made, including the strategic move into the open source arena nearly 15 years ago. In 2000, IBM decided to commit $1 billion to Linux and also pledged to help improve the operating system by working within the Linux community. Linux on System z was the first Linux distribution within IBM and since that time IBM has made countless improvements to the mainframe hardware and virtualization technologies to specifically enhance support for Linux workloads.
When you have a mission-critical business environment, you need a strong infrastructure. The IBM mainframe has the strength to support the most demanding workloads through an array of IBM and partner solutions and services. The deep resources include database and analytics applications such as DB2, Cognos, SPSS, InfoSphere, and Oracle; business applications such as WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Commerce, and SAP; security and infrastructure services such as WebSphere MQ, WebSphere Message Broker, IBM Integration Bus, and WebSphere Process Server; mobile application hosting with Worklight, and WebSphere Portal; and cloud support with solutions like Cloud Manager with OpenStack, Cloud Ready for Linux on System z, and Cloud Management Suite for System z including Cloud Orchestrator technology.
Pushing the Boundaries for System z Servers and Solutions and Linux
The mainframe continues to embrace new approaches to cloud, analytics, mobility, and security to help customers address business challenges never before thought possible. With Linux we are able to provide the infrastructure necessary to run these key workloads on top. That is the value of the Linux environment to System z customers.
And because we are continually adding support for Linux on System z it is an attractive platform to not only existing System z customers but also new customers who are familiar with Linux but new to the mainframe. These customers understand the value of Linux and open source and they are looking for the best possible platform to run their Linux workloads. They have selected System z because of the capabilities and functionality it provides and its differential advantages that set it apart from other platforms.
For example, to further help clients get more from their data and infrastructure, IBM just recently announced new System z offerings and capabilities, including:
Customer Adoption of Linux on System z
More than 50% of customers that are new to System z in the last two to three years have chosen Linux on System z.
Examples of customers that have benefited from the combination of System z and Linux include:
Throughout the past five decades IBM has fueled a steady stream of innovation with the mainframe at the center, and for nearly 15 years much of that development has also been directed at Linux and open source. IBM will continue to support the combination of System z, z/VM virtualization, IBM Wave for z/VM virtualization management, Linux, and other new technologies to help clients exploit emerging opportunities and address complex challenges. After 50 years, we know that that’s what keeps the mainframe young.
For more information on IBM System z and how it is helping customers around the world, go to the IBM Mainframe50 website.