Dec 152011
 

Extending Mainframes into the World of Cloud: The Business Angle – II

Author:Maintec

After highlighting the mainframe-cloud alliance and its business perspective in ‘Extending Mainframes into the World of Cloud: The Business Angle – I’, it is time to analyse the coalition with respect to the organisation of its workload and its capabilities of virtualization.

Mainframes and Cloud Computing : Business Angle Article 2

Mainframes and Cloud Computing : Business Angle Article 2

How can mainframe be moved the cloud?

Mainframes and could computing possesses commonalities in terms of their sharing of resources, scalability and virtualization. Over the years mainframe computing has constantly measured up in the factors of security and reliability. IBM set the grounds for endorsing mainframes as cloud platform with its last released mainframe the zEnterprise 196 that includes the capability to incorporate distributed computing platforms. The mainframe-Linux union has also been a positive factor for the mainframe-cloud assimilation.  The IT industry is bound to witness a much beneficial path breaking union if the two forms of computing merge.

To back the ardent believers of the mainframe-cloud alliance and its triumphant future, when a survey powered by CA Technologies was conducted, 73of the 200 mainframe respondents were of the opinion that mainframes were a part of the cloud plans.

What are the benefits of the alliance?

Possessing years of experience in its field, mainframe is equipped with the most sophisticated virtualization and management capabilities compared to the others in the industry. Capable virtualization ability is the foundation of cloud architecture and it plays a significant role in making mainframe conducive for cloud computing.

The perfect union of cloud and mainframe would result in:
• More agility
• Security
• Increased accessibility
• Reduced risk
• Better capability and productivity
• Less energy consumption
• Manages infrastructure elements dynamically
• Effortlessly combines with an organization\’s existing computing atmosphere.

Together, the cloud and mainframe coalition can tackle their individual fall outs of high operational costs, lack of resources and difficulty in management. Also, mainframe provides the best platform of computing environment that is favourable to facilitate cloud computing.

Despite the listed benefits, apprehensions continue to linger.

How can an organisation derive better results from cloud as it does from it’s existing mainframe? Where does Linux and Windows figure with respect to the mainframe-cloud computing? How can a mainframe resource possessed by a company alter into cloud computing?

With the cloud-mainframe in its infancy it’s functional pros and cons can be identified only when organisations become willing to adopt and experiment with the concept. Until then, we too eagerly await the answers of these questions.

As the saying goes, ‘time will tell’, as will experimentation and the ever changing technology.

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Maintec Technologies, an Remote Infrastructure Management company offering Remote infrastructure mangement services including data center management services, application services and Remote IT staffing.

Dec 152011
 

Extending Mainframes into the World of Cloud: The Business Angle – I

Author:Maintec

The IT industry has constantly evolved along with the ever changing technology. After having harnessed the potential of the internet, it is the cloud architecture that is currently being discussed in the IT business race by with it’s new standards. Initially apprehensive about accepting the new bandwagon, the industry at large has now begun to warm up to the concept of cloud to better their business. Mainframe and cloud industry are exploring the possibilities of broadening the organisation’s live mainframe systems to incorporate cloud computing for the benefit of an improved business perspective and also to cope with the shortcomings of the other. The industry specialists however, think differently about the cloud-mainframe union. The most visible cloud-mainframe coalition debate points are:

1. The resemblance between the mainframe and cloud computing, this coalition will be beneficial for the IT industry.
2. Cloud is a mere marketing hype. It is replicating what the mainframes have done all along.
3. Cloud and mainframe are two separate entities that has nothing in common in order to work with each other.

Mainframes and Cloud Computing : Business Angle Article 1

Mainframes and Cloud Computing : Business Angle Article 1

Whatever be the argument, cloud and mainframe computing despite all its glory has it’s own share of strong points and shortcomings. To be able to merge the two in order to produce a boon to the IT world is the challenge.

To be able to form an opinion a compare and contrast of mainframe and cloud is necessary.

Business benefits/features of mainframe:

Having floored the IT business world with it’s strong features of reliability, serviceability and availability, mainframes have surpassed their predicted fate of extinction by leaps and bounds.

• Large-scale computation
• Reliability, Serviceability and Availability
• Efficient work load optimisation
• Utmost resource utilization
• Unequalled level of security
• Entirely virtualized environment
• Relatively lower price in comparison to distributed hardware

Business benefits/features of cloud computing:

Stalwarts of the IT Industry underscore cloud computing as the next advancement of systems architecture.

• On demand and scalable computing environment
• Applications, platforms and infrastructure offered as services
• Cost effective as the it follows the ‘pay per use’ concept
• Exceptionally flexible computing and storage
• Virtualized assets provided as facilities for clients
• Location and device independence can be accessed from anywhere using a web browser

Mainframe and cloud shortcomings:

  • Mainframe computing falls short mainly with it’s the complexity in managing the systems, increased cost of maintenance and scarcity of resources.
  • Cloud computing’s potential hurdles are in it’s security of information and user privacy.

Whilst having discussed the business profits and losses of mainframes and cloud computing, a detailed understanding of the mainframe-cloud alliance in workload management capabilities and virtualization capabilities is required. We discuss the same in ‘Extending Mainframes into the World of Cloud: The Business Angle – Part II’

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About the Author

Maintec Technologies, an Remote Infrastructure Management company offering Remote infrastructure mangement services including Data center management services, application services and remote IT staffing.