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Logicalis has made a bid to ramp up its mainframe computing business with the launch of an IBM System z Test Environment at its Innovation Centre.
Open to both end-user customers and partners, the Environment has been designed to dispel some of the “myths” that have grown up around mainframe computing, according to Logicalis System z specialist Martin Boakes.
“There is a perception that the mainframe is a dinosaur, but really it is its own worst enemy,” Boakes said. He suggested that many CIOs had overlooked recent developments in the space that meant mainframe environments could now form part of a cost-cutting consolidation exercise and, by implication a green IT strategy.
He added: “IBM runs the mainframe environment very well, but it sometimes hasn’t done the best job in keeping resellers up to date.”
Boakes insisted Logicalis’ latest move would not impact its relationship with virtualisation partner VMware, saying that both solutions had their own merits in different types of businesses, with mainframes suiting corporations with intensive IO workloads, for example.