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mainframe

a large-scale COMPUTER with big data-storage facilities which is often accessible simultaneously from many terminals. Mainframe computers are used by large data-processing departments in businesses for sales and purchase ledger record-keeping, etc.

As MICROCOMPUTERS and MINICOMPUTERS become more powerful in terms of data-processing, speed and data-storage capacity, the distinction between the three types of computer has become blurred.

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The SMS framework provided a policy-based storage management solution for large mainframe computer systems and is an integral part of OS/390 and currently z/OS systems.
I am encouraged by our strong and growing partnership with StorageTek to meet the ongoing data management needs of mainframe customers," said Arthur Tolsma, CEO of Luminex.
Presler concluded, "Corigin's mainframe data access solutions deliver measurable return on investment.
Consultants point out that CEOs and their technology staff can benefit by examining the track records of their companies' mainframe computers.
With client/server computing, customers can place all or part of an application on PCs or workstations, and allow the mainframe to perform such critical tasks as managing large databases and providing data integrity and security.
Fig 5 shows a hypothetical installable file system running in an open systems machine, accessing a shared storage subsystem, also being accessed by a mainframe processor.
This case has broad implications because mainframe computers are essential for all key industries in our economy.
However, in just the past two years, the company has ceded supremacy in the enterprise data center and traditional mainframe spaces to the major Unix vendors - and IBM apparently fails to grasp the nature and seriousness of the challenges, RFG said.
Storage pooling can be used to provide storage capacity to both open systems and mainframe computers even though the data structure is considerably different for both machines.
We expect the mainframe to be the comeback kid of 2007," said Julie Craig, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Management Associates.
We continue to observe that a mainframe enables storage to be much more efficiently managed than all other platforms.
Today, the superior technology of IBM's mainframe and storage can be sized and priced to meet the needs of mid-sized customers who are seeking to build on demand infrastructures and lower their total cost of ownership.