Analyst: Mainframe Has "20-Year Advantage" Over Competing Platforms

Robert Frances Group Says Mainframe's "Technology Superiority" Makes It a "Central Hub" With Advantages in Power and Cooling

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ARMONK, NY - 06 Oct 2006: Lauding the IBM (NYSE: IBM) System z mainframe's "superiority in partitioning and virtualization," IT analyst Robert Frances Group declared in a recent report [1] that, "IT executives should consider the value of the 20-year advantage that mainframes have over other platforms." The report notes that IBM's continued investment in the mainframe "will ensure technology superiority for the foreseeable future."

The analyst considers "the new wave of server and storage consolidation, partitioning and virtualization as an affirmation of the mainframe model."

The report further states that, "in addition to the power and cooling advantages of the mainframe, IT executives and their staff should consider the mainframe as a 'Tier 1' option for hosting new applications and acting as a central hub for security, server pool management, and consolidated workloads/data."

The report points out that: 

"The IBM System z mainframe offers a superior economic proposition as well as unmatched security and the kind of rock-solid performance required by the world's best-run companies," said Jim Stallings, IBM general manager, System z. "We are continuing to make the kind of investments in the mainframe that will enable IBM to continue to take market share from our competitors."

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