HighlanderRPI: Mainframes - the original Cloud
Muta: We run a mainframe app here that's been slated for retirement for as long as I've worked here (22 years). It holds some very key data that impacts all the activities in this Fortune 50 company. Every 5 years or so a company like Siemens or SAP will come in promising to "modernize" system, "who uses green screens these days, you need something web bases, blah blah blah...". I, along with a couple thousand concurrent users, can search a multi-billion record database with sub second responses. Out mainframe system leaves their catch-phrase-of-the-day enterprise system crying in the fetal position in the corner of the shower.
Muta: Out mainframe system leaves their catch-phrase-of-the-day enterprise system crying in the fetal position in the corner of the shower.
La Maudite: The mainframe just keeps chugging along, doing its job perfectly. Whenever he gets called in the middle of the night on a support issue, it turns out to be the fault of the new system.
dittybopper: If you're itching for the IBM Mainframe experience, you can do it for very little cash.
Stavr0: Here's a tip for the IT you'uns out there.Learn some COBOL, JCL, DB2. Make that your plan B in case that cool startup you work at goes under.
Paleorific: If you are starting out in IT, whether it is operations, engineering, programming, etc.. and you have a choice of getting in on either mainframe or midrange platforms, go with the mainframe. It is likely you will have a more stable and better paying career.
Tango_down: I'm not sold. Far from it.My last interaction with a Mainframe team wasn't good. I'm converting a reporting system to new hardware. I had to have the mainframe guys start sending the files to the new servers too. It was so much work that we had to hire a contractor for them. Something about JCL or something.I know the files were divisional files so for each division they had a separate JCL? Stupid. Where is the loop? Where are the variables? This concept is very basic in any other language.What kind of interfaces does it have into other database systems?
dittybopper: HighlanderRPI: Mainframes - the original CloudHeh. Isn't it funny how the place that data is stored seems to slosh back-and-forth between remote and local? I've been through a couple cycles of that at least. Always with different names, but same-same.
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