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The T-Rex of Computing: Hear It Roar


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IBM's zEC12 announcement resulted in the predictable spate of headlines invoking dinosaurs. Examples of headlines that popped up include “Mammoth mainframe computers far from extinct,” and “Mainframes dead? Not on your Nelly.” Actually, mainframes have never gone away, and have continuously been expanding in reach across the globe. Maybe comparisons to the large reptiles that once roamed the earth are meant as compliments. It is important to remember, as one industry observer once remarked, “that dinosaurs were on the planet for more than 160 million years.” That's a lot of staying power.

 

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