Mainframe Blog

Run and Reinvent in Action: IBM z15

2 minute read
John McKenny

As I’m sure you’ve heard, IBM has announced its IBM z15 mainframe and it’s a fantastic addition to the z story. With its cloud-native development and robust security, privacy, compliance, and recovery features, not to mention its memory and capacity improvements, z15 proves again that the mainframe is a solid platform for future growth.

But mainframe loyalists have long known the strength and endurance of the platform. And nowhere has that been more obvious than in the results of our Mainframe Survey each year (spoiler alert – we announce 2019 results on Tuesday), in which we poll mainframe professionals from around the world about their practices, priorities, and pains when it comes to this always evolving platform. The new z15 answers many of the needs identified by executives and IT practitioners, and invigorates the platform with the kind of safety, security, and storage capacity that no other enterprise offering can match. And while z15 is a standout example of mainframe modernization at its core, it shines light on the flexibility and evolution of the platform as a whole.

BMC is a proud partner to IBM and a leader in mainframe modernization. We were excited to have been among the first to experience the new capabilities of z15 at IBM’s testing center, and we look forward to beginning to migrate to our new z15 in the next few weeks. We are also pleased to support our joint customers as they migrate to this new modern platform, offering Day One support on all of our mainframe products.

BMC has a rich history of being a best of breed IT solutions provider helping customers support their business with increased speed, availability, security, and agility. Our BMC Automated Mainframe Intelligence (AMI) portfolio optimizes the mainframe for modern enterprise organizations by strengthening mainframe security, enabling DevOps, and utilizing predictive analytics to better manage cost, capacity and performance management.

z15 is a beautiful example of how a company can innovate for the future while ensuring their existing operations, products, and services continue to meet customer demands. Stay tuned for the exciting results of this year’s Mainframe Survey to see how important mainframe modernization efforts will be to organizations of all sizes and every industry—including yours.

These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent BMC's position, strategies, or opinion.

See an error or have a suggestion? Please let us know by emailing

Business, Faster than Humanly Possible

BMC works with 86% of the Forbes Global 50 and customers and partners around the world to create their future. With our history of innovation, industry-leading automation, operations, and service management solutions, combined with unmatched flexibility, we help organizations free up time and space to become an Autonomous Digital Enterprise that conquers the opportunities ahead.
Learn more about BMC ›

About the author

John McKenny

As SVP and General Manager of Intelligent Z Optimization and Transformation at BMC Software, John leads the R&D, Product Management and Solutions Marketing teams to innovate the mainframe to meet the needs of today’s evolving digital economy. John has over 25 years of management experience at BMC alone and, prior to joining, he led various IT management teams and strategies for 15 years in the transportation and insurance industries.