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Broadcast The mainframe was there first, but is it the dinosaur that many people assume?

For some workloads, it has never been bettered: many of today's business web sites store a production database on a mainframe host, for example.

For applications that rely on large-scale transaction processing, that support thousands of users, manage terabytes of information or handle large-bandwidth connections; for businesses that need high quality of service and resilient security, often the mainframe architecture is still the best choice, and offers the best return on investment.

But doesn't that type of heavy lifting describe more of our IT tasks? If so, could the Big Unit be due a renaissance?

In our Regcast Tim Phillips is joined by Ray Jones, IBM VP of Worldwide zSeries Software - translation, "Mr Mainframe" - and Freeform Dynamics' Dr Stats Tony Lock - a man who who knows all about the subject from many years of practical experience - to discuss where a mainframe is and isn't best, whether you might need one in the future, how you make the transition - and whether our preconceptions sometimes stop us from choosing the best IT architecture for the job.

The event is on the 7th of April at 11:00 BST.

If you've been wondering about how to manage your workloads efficiently, or about how you might get more from your mainframe, you can join us for free right here.

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