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December - 2011 - issue > Buyer's Perspective

Mainframes continue to be favored for mission critical computing

ST Team
Sunday, December 4, 2011
ST Team
Almost as old as four decades old, Mainframes continue to be a ubiquitous choice of technology platform for companies that work on mission critical business process. Today, at a global level, IBM and Unisys are the only two major players holding a strong grip on the mainframes market. Jim Thompson, VP- Engineering & CTO for TCIS, Unisys’ Technology Division in an exclusive interview talks about evolution of Mainframes, its adoption in today’s market and efforts with in Unisys’s to take it across different user segments.

How has mainframes evolved in the last few decades?

‘Mainframes’ comes from a terminology that was used to describe how computers were built in earlier days but later in the 60s and 70s it became synonymous to the complexity of technology involved in the types of computers used for business process. Mainframes today is very much alive, and is the core of every business process that people use today, be it smartphones, emails, travel transportation and more.

Why is Mainframes preferred for mission critical business process?

We refer to Mainframes as a class of computing rather than a type of system. They are known for their ability to rapidly scale for large complex computing needs. Also, security is synonymous to mainframes and hence it is the reason that financial institutions, government organizations, airports and may others depend on mainframes as a choice of computing.


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