A Commitment to Mainframe

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2006-06-16 Print this article Print

For the midrange, BMC also will offer a suite of products to analyst DB2 and CICS transactions, with a starting price of $40,000.

In addition, Mainview Transaction Analyzer will see more platform support and enhancements. The product helps pinpoint problems in the system.
Also within the next 12 months, BMC will integrate its Atrium CMDB with its Batch Impact Manager, which monitors and reports business services tied to batch processes.
The announcements follow other BMC efforts to increase its mainframe commitment. Miller said that over the past few months, the company has created a centralized mainframe organization, complete with its own sales and services staffs, and has started taking a more vertical focus on the mainframe space. The goal is to gain a greater share of the mainframe software market, which, while growth is somewhat flat, is still large and still represents a significant opportunity, Miller said. Indeed, the mainframe market seems stronger than many industry observers would have expected even a few years ago, when they were predicting the architectures demise. IBM delivers mainframe for the masses. Click here to read more. According to BMCs survey, 56 percent of those polled reported a growth in the MIPS (million instructions per second), with 41 percent pointing to new applications as a key reason for the growth. IBM, the top mainframe vendor, has also seen growth, with the total delivery of MIPS jumping 22 percent in the first quarter of 2006, though revenues in the mainframe business declined 6 percent. Other companies are looking to get a piece of the mainframe market. Platform Solutions, a company comprising ex-Amdahl and IBM executives, is looking to launch a mainframe based on Intels Itanium processor, starting with the upcoming dual-core "Montecito" chip. Robert Rosen, president of the IBM user group SHARE, said users are happy with what theyve seen IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., do with the platform, including rolling out the System z9 Business Class mainframe for the midrange market, with a starting price tag of about $100,000. "Its still very viable," said Rosen, in Bethesda, Md. "Its not a dead end. Its still going strong." Merrill Lynch, the New York investment firm, has been using IBM mainframes and BMC management software for decades, and isnt about to change now, said Tony Lotito, first vice president for enterprise computing services at the company. "Reliability has become very important," Lotito said. "Also, a lot of legacy code has been written [for the mainframe], and it would be a tremendous effort to put that on a distributed environment." Merrill Lynch runs its key transaction and internal processes on the mainframes, and relies on BMCs Mainview software to monitor and manage the environment. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.


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