I think the facts still count for something in this world. Makes good sense to me, and I hope to you, too.
In that spirit, you can be sure IBM's competition will try to tell you some strange things about System z and the mainframe to convince you they have something better to offer. I would urge you: If you hear negative things about the mainframe from our competition, come back here and post a comment. I can quickly get the facts for you so you can make a sound decision about your IT infrastructure.
As a start, if you're trying to sort out fact from myth, IBM has a Get the Facts web page to communicate some basic truths about its hardware platforms, especially the mainframe. There, you'll probably be interested to read the following, among other points about System z (and I quote):
- "z10 mainframes can outperform HP Superdomes on power consumption by a factor of 2.5x or greater. The key is the capacity of the machine to run work in the industry’s leading virtual and automated enterprise systems environment, not just comparing a single frame z10 to a single frame HP Superdome.
- "IBM's Academic Initiative for System z — creates thousands of mainframe-trained graduates every year. More than 400 universities worldwide have joined the Alliance to teach mainframe and large systems skills - up from just 24 universities in 2004. Over the past three years, nearly 50,000 students have participated in mainframe training and education.
- "HP Superdome configuration was 62% ($11.8 million) more expensive than the [equivalent] System z10 configuration in a three-year TCO comparison."
You can find those facts and more at the IBM Get the Facts web page. Check it our for regular updates. And while you're at it, have a look at the Move Up to IBM System z, also full of facts that set the mainframe apart from the competition.[Read More]