BMC Software: Survey Shows Mainframe Use Is Still Strong as Companies Start to Look at the Future of the Mainframe
HOUSTON, September 13, 2011 – Respondents to BMC Software’s (NASDAQ: BMC) Sixth Annual Worldwide Mainframe Survey showed the mainframe’s importance in driving business applications and services and that the mainframe continues to be a critical platform for the evolving hybrid data center.
Top-level results from the survey include:
In today’s enterprise, the need for IT flexibility is more crucial than ever as companies are using mainframes, distributed systems, cloud environments and more to run their IT operations. These survey results show that companies are still heavily committed to the mainframe and continue to look for new ways to integrate the mainframe into their future data centers.
“Miami-Dade County prides itself on meeting stringent service level agreements so that we can serve our constituents in the best way possible,” said Adrienne DiPrima, manager of Strategic Technologies Support for the Information Technology Department. “As the county’s population and services grow and the county’s budget shrinks, we are constantly looking for ways to provide more with less, and in many cases that means planning for new workloads on the mainframe. The mainframe is the backbone to many of the services we provide. Although we maintain a very diverse infrastructure, we are planning a very pro-active strategy to reinforce that the mainframe plays a key role in today’s evolving data center.”
The Future of The Mainframe
The BMC mainframe survey has showcased the continued need for the mainframe in today’s business, yet, as with the rest of the IT world, the mainframe is not immune to the changing nature of IT.
“The mainframe’s continuing growth demonstrates that the platform remains the first and best choice for secure, reliable, high volume computing,” said Rich Ptak, principal analyst at Ptak, Noel & Associates. “However, it’s the ability to smoothly integrate mainframe reliability, security, capacity and proven business value into a hybrid data center or company’s cloud strategy that will make it the key differentiator for IT organizations in the future.”
“We continue to see an increased demand for capacity, workload and availability in our mainframe environment as the need for data and business applications continues to grow in our business,” said Mr. Ing. Gerald Böhm, Group Leader System Engineering Competence Centre Linz at Drei Banken EDV, a leading Austrian bank. “As the mainframe demand continues to expand we are also seeing the platform play a more dominant role in our hybrid data center to help aid in delivering the business services that our customers and company expects.”
In this year’s mainframe industry survey, respondents indicated that they are starting to take notice of important IT trends, such as cloud and mobile computing.
When asked about important concepts to the future of data centers and the mainframe, 55 percent said private cloud support was an important concept to understand for the future of the data center and then 60 percent of those respondents said it was important to the mainframe. As well, 31 percent of respondents noted that mobile device support (smartphone or tablet) was an important expectation for accessing the mainframe.
These results show that mainframe users understand the importance of keeping the mainframe involved in the active IT discussion about the future data center. BMC continues to support these evolving customer needs with solutions like Control-M Workload Automation Cloud Extensions and Control-M Self Service mobile app.
Cross-Enterprise Support and The Hybrid Data Center
As the mainframe grows within the hybrid data center, respondents to the survey said that the ability to simplify the management across the enterprise with unified solutions is important.
Sixty-four percent of respondents cited unified tools for monitoring and managing events across mainframe and distributed systems as either important or critically important. And 61 percent and 55 percent say the same thing about change management and workload management, respectively.
"Specializing in providing technology solutions to the insurance sector, we understand the criticality of the mainframe and the need to integrate the mainframe into our cross-enterprise initiatives,” said Thomas Buettner, managing director of GaVI Gesellschaft für angewandte Versicherungs-Informatik mbH, a leading German IT service provider. “The BMC solutions we use provide near real-time monitoring in both our mainframe and distributed environments. Utilizing an enterprise-wide tool is enabling us to reduce the cost of running IT and improving our customer service.”
High IT Costs Still A Concern
With IT organizations expecting growth in their capacity and mainframe processing in the coming year, the need to keep IT costs down continues to be an area of focus. BMC provides customers the solutions that reduce mainframe consumption through intelligent automation, resource-conserving performance technologies, capacity management and exploiting specialty engines.
IT organizations continue to look at specialty engines, to reduce the mainframe usage cost. zIIPs were used by 57 percent of the respondents in the survey with 55 percent of respondents having installed one or more zIIP engines in the last year.
“It’s always impressive to see that year-over-year the mainframe continues to be an important platform that businesses are using to run and grow their operations,” said Bill Miller, president of Mainframe Service Management at BMC. “It’s even more impressive to see the future growth of the mainframe in the hybrid data center. And even with the diversification of platforms, BMC Software is there with solutions that help organizations manage and optimize their mainframe within the hybrid environment to keep costs low and performance high.”
Mainframe Survey Background
More than 1,300 global mainframe users participated in the BMC survey, now in its sixth consecutive year. More than half of companies (52 percent) surveyed have revenues in excess of $1 billion. The survey pool was comprehensive and definitive and included pre-qualified respondents from across the mainframe industry. Participants provided insight into questions focused on the current and future state of the mainframe. Responses were then analyzed using standard statistical practices.
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