A Linux Opportunity
A few Linux-related factors converged right around SHARE Orlando that could offer a big boost to the mainframe market. While Linux on z Systems has always combined the benefits of mainframes with the strengths of Linux, pricing structures have been an obstacle to adoption. IBM has simplified pricing for Linux on System z, but this is not the only news. The announcement of the LinuxONE, a mainframe that runs exclusively on the open source OS, offers additional options that may attract interest from new audience segments. Add in announced support for Ubuntu, as well as other popular Linux open-source tools, and the mainframe looks even more compelling.
I can't predict the events that will dominate SHARE San Antonio or Atlanta in 2016, but based on the trends from this year, I'm feeling optimistic about the state of mainframes. If the momentum around Big Iron continues to grow from what I saw in Orlando, 2016 could be quite a big year for mainframes.
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