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[News] GNU/Linux on Mainframe Servers to Benefit from Hardware Boost

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux on Mainframe Servers to Benefit from Hardware Boost
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 02:05:31 +0100
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IBM plans big hardware upgrade next year

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| IBM has tried to cut user costs in the current 
| mainframe line by using specialty processing 
| engines, such the Linux IFL processor.



Young Developers Get Old Mainframersâ Jobs

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| Last spring one of my co-workers went to
| college campuses to recruit prospective
| âyoung mainframers.â
| Young mainframers? Isnât that an oxymoron?
| My co-worker, Tim, explained that our
| company, a major software vendor, is
| seeing its mainframe workforce rapidly
| approaching the age of retirement. Tim
| said IBM and most other firms whose
| businesses depend on mainframes are also
| dealing with this industry-wide problem.


Mainframe emulator goes commercial

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| While CentOS and Debian Linuxes have supported the z
| implementation of the Linux kernel, the mainframe
| variants of Linux from Red Hat and Novell are what
| nearly all mainframe shops use, and this code is
| available for free even if the installation and
| technical support for it is not.


Mainframe shops gush over big iron

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| What can be said is that by corralling some mainframe
| engines, slashing their prices, and letting them run Linux
| instances or speed up Java or DB2 workloads, IBM has been
| able to keep the installed base of mainframe processing
| power, as measured in MIPS, growing - even as it has its
| ups and downs each quarter. And the downs have been
| especially sharp since the economic meltdown kicked in a
| year ago.

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