The mainframe business is to IBM what manufacturing is to the American economy, a shrinking but strategically vital part of the franchise.
With the introduction of a new generation of mainframes on Thursday, July 22, IBM is trying to tighten its grip on corporate and government data centers. The new machines are faster, more powerful and more energy efficient. But the most significant change, analysts say, is that other kinds of computers can now be plugged into the mainframe to manage a data center almost as if it were a single computer.
The new machines, some customers say, are the most significant change in mainframe design in a decade or more.
The mainframe move by IBM is part of the intensifying battle in the market for large computers, including ones running the Unix operating system.
From The New York Times
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