Multimedia Release -- Global BMC Survey Highlights 'Staying Power' of Mainframe

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Significant Role for Mainframe in Big Data and Cloud Initiatives

Global BMC Software Survey Highlights 'Staying Power' of the Mainframe.

Mainframe's Status as 'Long-Life Computing Solution' Continues to Attract New Workloads

High Availability and Security Fuel Mainframe Investments

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With terms like Cloud, Big Data and The Internet of Things at the forefront of IT conversation, many might think that the mainframe is a historical artifact. But as BMC Software -- the global leader in IT management solutions -- found in its 8th annual Worldwide Survey of Mainframe Users, nothing could be further from the truth.

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BMC revealed the results of the survey today. The key takeaway is that the mainframe will continue to play a critical role as a scalable platform delivering crucial computing power in a world where business users expect access anytime, anywhere, without regard to the data volume and velocity required behind the scenes. IT experts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific reported that the mainframe is not only sticking around, it is evolving to play an increasingly important role in today's enterprise IT environments.

Key Points to Know

  • Among those surveyed, 93 percent see mainframe as a robust, long-term solution.
  • One-third of those planning a cloud implementation said mainframe data will be accessed by their cloud applications.
  • Fifty percent agreed that mainframe will continue to attract new workloads.
  • 70 percent of respondents said the mainframe will have a key role in Big Data plans.
  • Keeping IT costs down remains the key concern. 85 percent of respondents identified this as their top priority area.
  • 76 percent of large shops expect MIPS capacity to grow as they modernize and add applications to address business needs. This highlights the need for software that minimizes expensive MIPS consumption and exploits the mainframe's cost-efficient specialty engines.
  • No large shops -- and only 7 percent of all respondents -- have plans to eliminate their mainframe environment.
  • 46 percent of mainframe budgets are spent on software.
  • 66 percent said availability is a top priority, but 40 percent reported an unplanned production outage in the past 12 months.

Supporting Perspective

Jonathan Adams, Vice President of Data and Select Technology, BMC Software: "The valuable insight we obtain from customers each year with this highly anticipated study fuels the innovation behind BMC mainframe and hybrid data center solutions. The unprecedented pace of technology evolution and the cloud and consumerization trends only solidify the need for a platform with superior availability, security and performance capabilities."

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