Mainframe Popularity Grows
Sep20

Mainframe Popularity Grows

For decades the mainframe, AKA Big Iron, has been declining in significance, with shrinking sales, fewer customers, and smaller, faster, simpler and less-costly alternatives nipping at its heels. However, while competitors and pundits have been forecasting its imminent relegation to history’s trashcan, the venerable platform has been staging a recovery and a new survey from software vendor BMC finds that the mainframe is not only...

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VMworld 2018… from Disruptive Outsider to Legacy Platform

As I was preparing to attend VMworld 2018 a couple of weeks ago, I realized how much history the company and I share. VMware was founded the year before I became an IT industry analyst. A few months after I started that job, a pair of VMware reps on their first analyst “tour” briefed us to explain and promote the company’s technology and strategy. Further along, I was covering EMC in 2004 when it bought VMware, a deal spearheaded by...

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The True Value of SaaS and Managed Service Offerings

SaaS companies carry huge valuations when compared with traditional licensed software companies. It took me forever to figure out why, but I did. At first blush, one might believe that Wall Street values subscription revenue over one-time revenue—and truth be told, they do. Why? Because it’s a hell of a lot more predictable revenue stream for a company to manage than ad hoc revenue. I get that, but the gap is still too big for what,...

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Cisco’s Networking Academy…

Technology companies, largely thanks to the firms that make their money from ad revenue, are increasingly being viewed as villains. Uncaring behemoths that show up in books like Brotopia as bad actors. But there are firms fighting back against this image and related bad practices who believe the future isn’t the world vs. tech firms, but the world enhanced by them. One of the firms that is aggressively trying to showcase how you can...

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…Linking Development and Security…

This conversation with Doug Cahill examines the crucial – but all-too-often overlooked – necessity for cooperation between DevOps and Security teams. While there’s pretty much universal agreement that built-in security is better than bolted-on security, nonetheless the apparently (or at least potentially) competing objectives of DevOps (faster, faster, leaner) and Security (careful, careful, preclude risk) can appear to...

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