The Sixth Annual Worldwide Mainframe Survey performed by BMC Software offers a number of insights into the top-of-mind challenges, priorities and technologies for more than 1300 mainframe respondents.
The key finding of this recent survey…a bright future ahead for the mainframe!
I realize that this statement may come as a surprise to some of you, because there are many people out there who keep expecting to see a swarm of organizations move their apps off of the mainframe. But…for a multitude of reasons…most mainframe operations who participated in this survey seem to be signing up for an extended stay –upgrading their mainframe accommodations, so to speak, and bringing additional workloads to the platform.
In the survey…most companies shared plans to stay on the mainframe long-term and indicated they expected to grow their existing workloads (with almost ½ of the respondents consolidating workloads onto the platform). In fact, the final analysis states that…
- 63% of all respondents expect that the mainframe will grow and attract new workloads
- 32% feel it is a viable long-term platform for traditional mainframe workloads – but do not expect it to attract new workloads.
- 31% of respondents cite new applications and workloads as major contributors to their capacity growth
As your capacity increases on your small to mid-size mainframe platform, and it becomes harder and harder for your mainframe staff to keep pace with the treadmill of technology changes and upgrades on the platform…consider some of the cost control suggestions outlined by HP in this paper on “Managing Mainframe Costs”.
And if you’re a small to midsized mainframe operation, and you’re looking for a partner who can help you cut costs out of your mainframe operation, or simply help you manage it moving forward, consider reaching out to your HP account team. HP provides world-class Mainframe Management, Storage, Disaster Recovery and Output Management services, along with Mainframe Application Management, Development and Modernization services. Learn more about HP’s Managed Mainframe Services.