IT & Network Infrastructure : Cutting Mainframe Costs: Top 10 Management Practices

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-07-19 Print this article Print
Cutting Mainframe Costs: Top 10 Management Practices

Cutting Mainframe Costs: Top 10 Management Practices

by Darryl K. Taft
Modern mainframe computers have abilities that are defined not much by their single task computational speed—usually defined as mips (millions of instructions per second)—but by their redundant internal engineering, which provides high reliability and security, extensive input-output facilities, and high utilization rates to support massive throughput. The machines often run for years without interruption, with repairs and hardware upgrades taking place during normal operation. However, mainframe operation is not without cost. Typical mainframe costs include data center services, staffing, power, application development and maintenance. This eWEEK slide show, based on information provided by mainframe software provider Compuware, looks at 10 ways to lower the costs of mainframe operations.
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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