"This week, two systems vendors we follow came out with major
"In the past three years, the open source movement and Linux
have helped fuel a new lease on life for the mainframe. Although
there's nothing inherently closed about mainframes, traditionally
the boxes have been closed, proprietary systems. Until recently, if
you mentioned a mainframe to most sys admins, you would be greeted
with either a blank stare or a stifled yawn.
"This is quickly changing, and mainframes are once again getting
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