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Why Old Technologies are still kicking

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NYT has an article on the IBM mainframe and why it’s still popular – essentially because it serves a business need and does it very well:

“The mainframe survived its near-death experience and continues to
thrive because customers didn’t care about the underlying technology,”
said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, who led the technical transformation of
the mainframe in the early 1990s and is now a visiting professor at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Customers just wanted the mainframe to do its job at a lower cost, and I.B.M. made the investments to make that happen.”


Written by janusmusings

March 24, 2008 at 12:57 am

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