Big Blue recycles mainframe technology

Looking to provide scalability in its hardware lines, IBM is leveraging its legacy mainframe technologies in multiple systems, IBM's Susan Whitney, general manager of the eServer Series product line, said in a keynote speech here Thursday at the IBM developerWorks Live conference.

The company is taking mainframe-inspired technologies and extending them out to systems such as the Regatta and iSeries servers, Whitney said.

Applications and systems such as remote I/O, storage, clustering, and blade technologies are being impacted, according to Whitney. "We're taking our core capabilities and incorporating them across our entire server family, and that's what gives us this scale-up capability," she said.

IBM also is helping customers consolidate systems to help reduce costs and increase service quality, Whitney said. A service provider in Scandinavia, for instance, consolidated operations of 70 Sun servers onto a mainframe running Linux, she said.

Whitney touted IBM efforts in several areas: application flexibility, to deliver interoperable systems; Project Eliza, for self-managing systems; grid computing, which links multiple, distributed computers together to combine computing power or data resources; and application partnerships, to enable provision of specific business solutions.

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