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" and probably even for all but the largest systems at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard," ?
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Unisys have reported the latest in a very long line of losses after a number of big ClearPath mainframe deals were delayed to some undetermined time in the future. The top brass at server and services company hosted a conference call before Wall Street woke up this morning, and said that its sales fell by 15.5 per cent in the …
AWS is trying to help organizations migrate their mainframe-based workloads to the cloud and potentially transform them into modern cloud-native services.
The Mainframe Modernization initiative was unveiled at the cloud giant's Re:Invent conference at the end of last year, where CEO Adam Selipsky claimed that "customers are trying to get off their mainframes as fast as they can."
Whether this is based in reality or not, AWS concedes that such a migration will inevitably involve the customer going through a lengthy and complex process that requires multiple steps to discover, assess, test, and operate the new workload environments.
IBM has been ordered to pay Houston-based IT firm BMC $1.6 billion for fraud and contract violations because it moved mutual client AT&T from BMC software to IBM software.
On Monday, US District Judge Gray Miller issued his final judgment [PDF] in the case, which began five years ago and culminated in a bench trial in March.
For years, IBM had serviced AT&T's mainframe computers which at least since 2007 have relied on BMC software. IBM and BMC in 2008 entered into a contract governing the business relationship between the two companies. And in 2015, the two IT outfits agreed several amendments including an Outsourcing Attachment (OA) that disallowed IBM from moving mutual clients over to its own software.
IBM has lifted the covers off the z16, the newest member of its Z Series mainframe family, which focuses on the financial services industry with a processor that has built-in AI acceleration for real-time fraud detection.
The z16, generally available from May 31, is the successor to the z15 that launched in 2019, and Big Blue will be hoping that it can replicate the success of that system, which was adopted by many banks. A new mainframe typically delivers a spike in revenue to IBM because plenty of such customers rely on them as a mission-critical part of their business and are keen to upgrade.
For the z16, the new capabilities come in the shape of the 7nm Telum processor, which adds on-chip AI inference capabilities that IBM claims can be used to run real-time fraud detection checks against a transaction while that transaction is taking place.
Opinion IBM's most exciting mainframe yet, the z16, is finally here. Just three years after the z15, at this rate IBM has until 2212 to buy the z80 trademark from Zilog.
It's good for hybrid cloud, apparently, but the two main advances are real-time AI fraud detection, and "industry-first" quantum-safe cryptography, the stuff that even pesky quantum computers can't crack.
Hold on a qubit. IBM is also pouring billions into exactly those quantum computers, also majoring on real-time fraud detection and cryptography, which means it's squaring off against itself. That might concern investors or customers making strategic decisions, but calm yourselves. Quantum computing doesn't do anything useful yet, nobody can give you a firm date when it will, and it's not as if IBM spaffing billions on a moonshot project means you'll ever get to the moon. Wait and see. It might be a while.
Special report IBM has been sued by investors who claim the company under former CEO Ginni Rometty propped up its stock price and deceived shareholders by moving revenues from its non-strategic mainframe business to its strategic business segments, allegedly in violation of securities regulations.
The investors' securities fraud lawsuit [PDF] was filed on Tuesday, April 5 in a southern New York federal court. It names as defendants not only IBM but current and former executives including Rometty, former CFO Martin J. Schroeter (now CEO of IBM spin-off Kyndryl), current CFO James J. Kavanaugh, and current CEO Arvind Krishna.
IBM "improperly and in violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ('GAAP') embarked on a fraudulent scheme to shift billions of dollars in revenues from its mainframe line of business to its Strategic Imperatives and CAMSS line of business," the complaint reads.
IBM is taking legal action against LzLabs, a company specializing in mainframe modernization services, claiming that it has violated IBM's intellectual property rights in relation to its mainframe technology.
In a statement, IBM said that LzLabs had deliberately misappropriated IBM trade secrets by reverse engineering, reverse compiling, and translating its mainframe software. The case has been filed in the US District Court in Waco, Texas.
LzLabs provides a platform called Software Defined Mainframe (SDM) that is designed to allow IBM mainframe users to migrate their mission-critical applications to a modern platform – typically a cluster of x86 servers – without having to modify the applications or the associated data.
Fujitsu has confirmed the end of the road for its mainframes and Unix server systems. It will cease to sell both by the end of this decade, with support services continuing for a further five years.
Customers are by then expected to have migrated to the cloud.
The tech giant's plans were revealed in a notice posted to the Japanese IT giant's website on February 14th, which does not appear to have been widely publicised.
Obituary British programmer Mary Coombs, the first woman to program a computer designed for commercial applications, passed away on February 28 at the age of 93.
Coombs (née Blood), was born in northwest London on February 4, 1929 to William Blood and Ruth Blood (née Petri). She graduated from Queen Mary University London with a BA Honors degree in French. After spending a summer teaching English in Switzerland, she returned home in 1952 and took a temporary job in the ice-cream sales office of food chain J. Lyons & Co.
Shortly thereafter, she became a management trainee in the company's statistical office. At that time, J. Lyons & Co. became interested in applying computing to company business operations – overseeing a chain of 250 tea shops and several corner houses in London. The company devised a test to find people to program the Lyons Electronic Office, or LEO.
As IBM tries to address allegations it discriminated against older staff, the IT giant has for the first time brought its oldest computing platform – the mainframe – into the age of infrastructure-as-a-service.
The 111-year-old tech institution today announced it will offer the Z mainframe platform on the IBM Cloud, by offering virtual machines running z/OS as-a-service.
These VMs are intended for mainframe test and development environments, rather than have Big Blue care for and feed virtual production mainframes in the cloud for you. The service will be tied to Wazi – an IBM development environment for mainframe applications.
Oracle has created an additional version of the Solaris operating system it acquired in 2009, when it bought Sun Microsystems.
The new cut of the OS is called a Common Build Environment (CBE). As explained by Oracle senior software engineer Darren Moffat this week, a CBE is akin to a beta because it includes prerelease builds of a forthcoming Solaris release.
Those releases are called Support Repository Updates (SRUs) and now arrive each month. Any security fixes delivered in Oracle's quarterly Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) are delivered in SRUs.
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