IT & Network Infrastructure : 11 Reasons IBM Mainframe Integration With Windows (and Linux) Is a Big Deal

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-11-09 Print this article Print
Match Made in IT Heaven

Match Made in IT Heaven

This has been a long time coming. It connects two of the most well-known corporate computing environments.
IBM recently made good on its promise to deliver Windows integration with the IBM mainframe via the zEnterprise System. When IBM introduced zEnterprise in July 2010, the company also announced plans to deliver additional general purpose blades for the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension, including IBM System x-based blades running Linux, in 2011. IBM also suggested it would support Windows and in April confirmed its plans to deliver Windows support on z/Enterprise. IBM officials say this capability is a first of its kind and is a strategic, demand-driven move by Big Blue. As of Dec. 16, this new technology enabling zEnterprise System users to integrate Windows applications into the mainframe environment will become available. The new capability allows enterprises with multi-tier applications—for example, Windows applications connected to mainframe data—to be integrated and consolidated on the same system. In an interview with eWEEK, Greg Lotko, vice president and business line executive for System z, said bringing together the mainframe and distributed computing worlds is designed to ease the cost and complexity of large corporate data centers and improve management of workloads spanning mainframe and distributed environments.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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