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Feb 26, 2004, 22:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"From the beginning, IT executives at Boscov's department store have had a mainframe bias. Today as they think about evolving this family-owned retail chain's data center into a more flexible, business-driven computing resource, little has changed: They consider the mainframe more important than ever...

"'The mainframe will stay but its role will be substantially different from what it is today,' says Joe Poole, technical director for Boscov's in Reading, Pa. Mainframe workloads will transition from the traditional batch jobs into a more fluid environment. For instance, Boscov's is merging Linux and the mainframe. The company deployed Linux on its IBM z900 mainframe in 2001 and began turning processes previously run on Windows NT servers into Linux instances. It has consolidated about 40 of about 70 NT servers onto the mainframe. By using middleware such as IBM's MQSeries, transactions can flow from machine to machine, he says..."

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