Q: Should CIOs be concerned that they can't find the right expertise to upkeep their mainframe installations? Where are the pain points to move away from such legacy computing platforms?
While there are concerns around finding the right mainframe expertise, there is no shortage of channels or management solutions to address those needs. However, this does not mean that CIOs don't have to be concerned around mainframe issues. Instead, we believe that CIOs need to start thinking innovatively to ensure the future of their business is secure.
When talking about legacy systems, people tend to associate mainframes as proprietary, closed-system software that runs on one type of hardware. In reality, mainframes are not just adapting but evolving. Today's mainframe systems are running multiple application environments supporting z/OS and Linux as well as VM; provide capabilities of near-real-time analytics; and include tamper-resistant cryptographic coprocessors. The reality is, today's mainframe is about as far advanced from the original System 360 as today's PC is from the original personal computer. In the end, whilst security and performance remain fundamental issues for business, the mainframe retains its place as a highly viable platform.
We believe that with the right mix of innovation and adaptation to trends, the mainframe's future is not only secure but will continue to play a critical role in the IT systems of key businesses.
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