Remember the mainframe? It used to rule the world of computing and was presumed by some to be extinct when the advent of Intel-based servers and GPU-powered supercomputers. Presumed is the key word here because the mainframe is still alive and kicking though it does not command the clout that it did in the past.
In 2017, IBM did introduce the z14, which is touted as the world’s fastest microprocessor with a clock speed of 5.2 GHz and a 10 percent increase in performance per core and 30 percent for the whole chip compared to the z13.
Mainframes are still used for transaction processing in the business world in industries such as banking and finance.
Mainframe maker IBM and T-Systems have inked an agreement to jointly provide mainframe services.
According to an IBM reply to Reuters, existing customer contracts will not be affected by the arrangement, which is subject to standard approvals. T-Systems will continue to offer mainframe services, but will subsequently provide these services with IBM.