Mainframes are Here to Stay, But Costs Keep Rising

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The folks at Micro Focus recently shared some new data with us: on average, respondents expect their organizations to continue relying on mainframe applications for at least another decade – with almost one-third anticipating that their current mainframe environments will keep running even longer. But the vendor’s latest survey of 590 IT directors finds that upkeep and modernization costs keep rising. They estimate it would take an average of $11 million to bring their outdated mainframe applications up to date – an increase of almost a third (29%) from May 2012 when the figure stood at $8.5 million. A majority (81%), in fact, find it difficult justifying the expense of maintaining core applications and only 10% confirmed they are always successful in their justification. To stay on top of all the trends, subscribe to Database Trends and Applications magazine.