Last week found me reviewing a series of case studies that showed the risk in migrating platforms without a careful analysis of design points and the related total value cases in different infrastructures. As you might guess, these had to do with System z, and for these unfortunate institutions, they moved from z; hoping to garner significant benefits.
As you might also guess, that did not happen. It did not happen to the tune of having new environments that cost multiple times as much as what they moved from. Just as I wondering how the message (after 45 years) of managed virtualization, lower manpower costs, and Qualities of Service still seem to be underestimated for System z, I heard about a new case.
It seems there is a State institution out West that took several years and 10’s of millions of dollars to ignore their well running CICS application base and create a new distributed set of applications that resulted not in the sub-second response time they hoped for, but coffee break long response times.
Many in System z land have heard of the metaphor for System z where they show a draft horse pulling a large load and then another picture with scores of chickens hooked to the same load. In this case, being out West, I envisioned Buffalo and Prairie Dogs as horsepower instead hooked up to a covered wagon.
Care to take a guess which one might move the wagon load best?[Read More]