By Clive Longbottom and Rob Bamforth
Businesses need to ensure that their IT platforms are flexible enough to deal with their on-going needs, are capable of dealing with the peaks and troughs of cyclical loads, and are also being run at an optimised level when it comes to energy and resource consumption.
Despite misconceptions of the mainframe being old-fashioned or even dead, sales of both new systems and incremental MIPS continue to grow yearly, and an increasing number of organisations are seeing the business value that this platform provides.
Linux on System z has opened up new opportunities for the mainframe – opportunities that any organisation looking at consolidation and energy efficiency, alongside flexibility, should consider.
However, to achieve the full benefits offered by Linux on System z, the correct tooling must be put in place to manage, secure and optimise the environment.
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