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CRN: [IBM] Mainframes Take Step Into High-End Server Space

Sep 26, 2000, 14:09 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"As the B2B scale-out and scale-up trend continues to shape the corporate landscape, lining the pockets of Unix, Windows and Linux vendors, IBM is trying to breathe new life into its mainframe sales. Armed with new offerings, IBM is trying to reposition mainframes as high-end servers that allow companies to scale up and integrate their B2C and B2B applications vertically, as opposed to across many PCs or midrange servers. The company will emphasize the rock-solid reliability and scalability of mainframes-the so-called five-nines."

"It will, however, take some money and marketing to reverse the prevailing image of the mainframe as a dinosaur. According to Gartner Dataquest, for instance, the number of mainframe systems sold in the United States is expected to drop to slightly more than 6,000 in 2000 from almost 6,700 in 1999."

"This September, IBM plans to unveil a 64-bit version of its 26-year-old mainframe, currently code-named Freeway, that incorporates new CMOS technology. IBM also plans a major revamping-and renaming-of its OS/390 mainframe operating system that exploits the 64-bit architecture and incorporates additional Java, Internet and Linux support."

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