Why is System z essential to your business?

Posted by Frank Fillmore on February 22, 2012 under DB2 for z/OS. Tags: , .

Roads are old.  In antiquity roads were used for conquest and commerce.  They stretched from Rome to Hadrian’s Wall in Great Britain.  The Silk Road, comprising trade routes that knitted together Europe and Asia, was first established over 2,000 years ago.  Yet roads remain vitally important today.  The Internet – originally known as the Information Superhighway – makes it possible to trade goods in ways that would have been unimaginable 25 years ago.  Without last-mile delivery across asphalt and concrete, all of the information technology that we take for granted today would be useless.  To find out if quality roads are important to e-commerce, ask a UPS driver around 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  In 2012 there is a consensus across business and government that infrastructure projects to rebuild roads and bridges will pay dividends both now and in the future.

Since the 1950’s – “antiquity” in information technology terms – IBM mainframe computers have revolutionized how goods and services are created, bought, sold, and distributed.  Yet these mainframes are just as essential today.  Retail banking and networks of ATMs around the globe rely on IBM’s System z servers.  Everything from airplanes to pharmaceuticals to sophisticated weapons systems are designed and managed on mainframes.  Redundancy and seamless fail-over mean that these systems vital to our economic and national security are available not just around the clock, but around the calendar.  Ask yourself: Read More…