New Mainframe, Green IT Also Big Factors

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-01-13 Print this article Print

Back to the Future with New Mainframes

IBM's z System mainframes -- some using the Sun Microsystems open-source operating system OpenSolaris -- are leading the way in that revitalized sector. Because this new generation of big hunk-type machines is much more power-efficient and environmentally friendly than previous generations from the 1980s and 1990s, data centers are beginning to junk some of their older pizza-box racks and replace them with heavier-duty equipment.

"Mainframes are poised to become the default security blanket for IT as organizations squeeze even more value from this investment," Grant said.

"Management tools that encompass mainframe, distributed, virtual and cloud environments will add more value than those solely focused on the new virtual kids on the block."

Green IT: Welcome Byproduct of IT Efficiency

Green IT data center strategies will continue to be deployed -- spurred first by cost savings, secondly by environmental purpose.

Business is business: Frankly, bottom-line savings will trump anything else in importance in this tricky economy, including environmental concerns.  While they are not willing to volunteer this information, many enterprises consider power savings and the shrinking of carbon footprints as simply a good byproduct of efficient data centers.

First-tier IT enterprises such as Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, IBM, EMC, Dell and Sun Microsystems are putting their R&D money where their mouths are. Each of those companies has a green IT division and is working to coordinate product focus toward power- and carbon-saving results.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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