If I had a dollar for every time I have heard a variation of the phrase "the mainframe is dead," I would be a very rich man.
Mainframe hardware and software, like most technology, doesn't die - it evolves into something smarter, faster, and/or better. In this article, ZDNet writers say that data centers are living computer museums.
What's the oldest working hardware or software in your data center? And what's the newest? I'll bet that a year from now, you would answer both questions differently. The ability to change is what has enabled the mainframe to last as long as it has - and to get better with each release of the operating system.
I'm guessing that we will continue to hear about the demise of the mainframe, but few (if any) of us will actually see it go away completely.
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