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All Systems z are Go: IBM ports Google language to mainframes

IBM has been spotted bringing the open-source Go programming language to its System z mainframes. Big Blue made its port available via a GitHub repository and its Linux on IBM z Systems project – which is working on bringing across various other packages, too. Developed by Google and released in 2009, Go is designed with an …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2016
IBM's new mainframe

Compuware promises mainframe DevOps as old programmers croak

Compuware is attempting to bring big iron software into the 21st century by allowing developers to use DevOps tools to manage mainframe code. It’s literally a life or death issue, as the industry fears that people who really know about mainframe code are about to retire – if they haven’t already expired altogether. Meanwhile, …
Joe Fay, 5 Jan 2016

Migraine in the mainframe: Unisys reports more losses

Mainframe maker Unisys posted yet more disappointing results for, recording a net loss of $9.6m (£6m) for its third quarter results. Revenue was $739m (£477m), down 16 per cent on last year. Anthony Miller, analyst at TechMarketView, noted the firm's hardware revenue halved and services revenues declined by 8 per cent. " …
Kat Hall, 22 Oct 2015
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Michigan sues HP after 'botched' $49m upgrade leaves US state in 1960s mainframe hell

Michigan is suing HP after the state government grew tired of waiting for the tech biz to fulfill an IT contract signed a decade ago. Hewlett Packard had agreed to replace the US state's aging computer systems that power so much of the local government. The tech firm signed a $49m contract back in 2005 to replace Michigan's …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2015
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Mainframe big boy Big Blue tries to drum up new biz via Linux

Big Blue is attempting to drum up new mainframe business with the launch of its LinuxOne machine. IBM has teamed up with Ubuntu outift Canonical to build two versions of a mainframe running Ubuntu Linux. The new mainframe comes in an "Emperor" version – which runs on the IBM z13 – and the smaller "Rockhopper", designed for “ …
Kat Hall, 17 Aug 2015

Unisys halts and catches fire: Mainframe builder dives into the red

Mainframe maker Unisys plunged into the red during its second quarter of 2015, posting losses of $58.2m (£37.6m). The losses quadrupled compared with its second quarter in 2014, when the biz dropped $12.1m over the three-month period. Overall revenues dropped five per cent to $765m (£494m). Nevertheless, chief exec Peter …
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2015
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Mainframe staffing dilemma bedevils CIO dependents

More than half a century after its birth, the mainframe poses conundrum for hundreds of CIOs. Mainframes are firmly ensconced as a critical piece of the IT infrastructure underpinning their business – just ask any of the traditional banks. The fear is that as those maintaining them retire or get outsourced, nobody will be left …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jun 2015
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NHS Scotland to refresh creaking, 25-year-old apps

NHS Scotland is dragging its big iron software into the 21st century by putting out a call for suppliers to replace some very dusty applications, which in some cases are a quarter of a century old. A contract notice for the Mainframe Solutions Transformation Programme was published in the Official Journal of the EU, and the …
Paul Kunert, 18 May 2015
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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

A programmer better known for work on Arduino has shown off handy vintage mainframe skills, getting an ancient IBM 1401 to buzz away on its 1403 line printer to produce the classic Mandelbrot fractal image. It's not as trivial as it sounds. In this blog post on the “12-minute Mandelbrot”, Ken Shirriff explains that programming …
IBM's new mainframe

Big Blue's biggest mainframe yet is the size of a fridge

At least twenty years after pundits first pronounced the death of the mainframe, IBM has released a new one. Of course, the proof of the pudding will be in the market, but IBM will be hoping that the billion dollars it's poured into developing the new z13 mainframe will get the big end of town as excited as Big Blue itself is …
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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

Attachmate, the software shop that headhunted Novell and SUSE Linux, is itself being bought out by Micro Focus International. The mainframe and COBOL specialist is acquiring Attachmate Group from its parent company Wizard in a deal calculated at $2.3bn before costs. Micro Focus is taking Attachmate Group in exchange for 86.60 …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2014

RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

RBS Group has spent £750m overhauling its IT – which includes replacing the systems at the heart of its mainframe mega-meltdown in 2012. The banking giant has established three separate batch schedulers to process transactions at NatWest, Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, and Ulster Bank Republic of Ireland. It's hoped this will …
Gavin Clarke, 6 May 2014
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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

IBM announced the System 360 in 1964 and started selling its family of modern mainframes 12 months later. But how do you outsell a problem like IBM? The S/360 cost IBM $5bn to develop, overshooting its estimated budget in 1962 by more than $4bn. Yet IBM need not have worried. Such was rate of sales for the S/360 family that …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Apr 2014

The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

Cobol is the language most associated with mainframes, especially the IBM System 360 whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated or at least commemorated this week. But when COBOL was first spawned in the mid-1950s, it wasn’t intended for programmers. It was aimed instead at “accountants and business managers” – basically a …
An original member of the System/360 family announced in 1964, the Model 50 was the most powerful unit in the medium price range.

Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

IBM's System 360 mainframe, celebrating its 50th anniversary on Monday, was more than a just another computer. The S/360 changed IBM just as it changed computing and the technology industry. The digital computers that were to become known as mainframes were already being sold by companies during the 1950s and 1960s - so the S …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Apr 2014
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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

Obituary Tony Benn, the modernising Labour MP who tried to pit British technology against US giants has died at the age of 88. It was Benn, a minister in two Labour governments during the 1960s and 1970s, who created ICL (International Computers Limited) to take on the growing might of IBM. It was mainframes at dawn in the post-war …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Mar 2014
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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

New IT grads and Java and .NET jockies are being re-trained to run mainframes by big companies desperate to replace a generation of IT staff giving up work. That’s according to Compuware, who has released a study that says CIOs are growing concerned about the looming skills shortage in their mainframe rooms. They are …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2014

Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

Storagebod And here we go again, another IT systems failure at RBS. RBS appears to have been having a remarkable run of high-profile core-system failures, but I suspect that it has been rather unlucky or at least everyone else has been lucky. Ross McEwan, the new chief executive of RBS admitted to us in a canned statement that "decades …
StorageBod, 5 Dec 2013

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