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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First edition of the UK&I Mainframe New Workload Blog

My name is Steven Dickens and I work for IBM in the UK, and focus on working with IBM's mainframe customers to explore putting new workloads on this platform. I will be looking to post on this blog at least once a month, with interesting articles and opinion pieces on what trends we are seeing in the mainframe marketplace.

The rationale for this blog is to prompt people to 'think'  and challenge the perceived wisdom around various IT platforms, whilst bearing in mind that the mainframe as a platform and ecosystem has evolved over it's 40+ year life.

By way of example, not a lot of people know that the mainframe is:
  • An Enterprise server that runs 4 operating systems (z O/S, Linux, AIX and Windows)
  • The platform of choice for mission critical private cloud.
  • The perfect platform for middleware consolidation, SAP and Lotus Notes
  • A competitor for Terradata and Exadata
  • The cheapest platform to run Oracle
  • The logical home for Analytics and data optimisation
In accordance with IBM's guidelines for responsible blogging the postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions.

System z Interesting Articles

Below are a selection of recent articles and postings that highlight the inherent benefits of the platform:

SAP on System z

Mainfame as the perfect platform for Analytics

Hybrid computing – from mainframe to virtualization

Linux on the mainframe Q&A

 Mainframe as the perfect platform for Cloud


  1. Good to see this blog - I know the author is bursting with ideas on all things mainframe and I look forward to reading more.

    First thought: good scene setting and some interesting link.

    Second thought (scrolled further down): IBM HQ made me smile ;-)

  2. RichG, as always can count on you to be 1st with the feedback and alongside me at the cutting edge of this new Social Media focused world...