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Guest post by John Barnard, Chief Technology Officer


I recently visited several customers in Turkey and can report that the mainframe is alive and well and living in Istanbul. 


Istanbul is a city on two continents, Europe and Asia. It serves as a metaphor for the mainframe, which is a processor spanning multiple time frames, from the old days of card punch to the new cloudy days. 


The customers I saw in Turkey value the power, security, availability and all the other qualities of service commonly associated with the mainframe. Yet, they look with curiosity toward the cloud and hybrid computing and contemplate how problems of security for the data in their large back-end legacy databases will be solved with this "the future is now" model. They wonder if the mainframe works and plays well within the cloud. 


They live in interesting times.  Do you?