Enterprise Technology Slideshow: Mainframes Still Important to the Enterprise

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 08-26-2009

Mainframes Still Important to the Enterprise

Surveyed executives were from companies with between $500 million to more than $10 billion in revenue. More than 35% were from the financial sector.

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Respondents reported an average of 38% of their budgets go to mainframes, 56% to distributed platforms and 6% to cloud solutions.

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Approximately 81% listed limited data center floor space as a major reason to push growing amounts of information through a single mainframe versus more distributed servers.

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97% felt that at least some of their distributed applications would fail should they lose availability in the mainframe.

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Around 67% said that as the distributed infrastructure grows, the ability to run multiple applications on a single mainframe becomes more attractive.

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About 70% of respondents cited the aging workforce in the mainframe space as a critical pain point for the organization.Over half of executives said mainframe Linux is growing in its importance within the organization.

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Approximately 44% said they increase workloads for the mainframe in the next two years over the amount being handled in the past two years.

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Mainframes are most popular among respondents for transactional applications, disaster recovery and database management.

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