Study: Mainframes Critical to Data Center, Cloud Strategy

Even with organizations shifting business-critical applications to

the cloud, mainframes remain as relevant as ever, but organizations are

struggling to find skilled IT workers familiar with the technology,

according to a survey by CA Technologies. CA presented the study

results during a panel discussion that was Webcast on Nov. 17.

Years after the mainframe was declared dead, it continues to play a

critical role in the data center. According to the report, 80 percent

of surveyed organizations said that mainframes were an important part

of their current business strategy, and 73 percent said it is, or will

be a significant component in their cloud strategy.

The results are consistent with an earlier mainframe study

surveying European organizations, released by CA in October. The

results of the new CA survey were “not a surprise”, and the numbers are

“very close” to the European results, said panel participant Dayton

Semerjian, general manager of the mainframe business unit at CA

Technologies. About 79 percent of respondents in the European study

said the mainframe remains critical to their business and 75 percent

claimed the systems will play some role in their cloud strategy, said


In this latest survey, more than three-quarters of the respondents

said they will maintain or increase their investment in mainframe

software and mainframe staff. “It’s clear that the mainframe is here to

stay,” said Semerjian.

For more, read the eWeek article CA Technologies Study Finds Mainframes Critical to Cloud Strategy.

CIO Insight Staff
CIO Insight Staff
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