Mainframe growth expected to accelerate with business growth: BMC Software

Mainframe growth expected to accelerate with business growth: BMC Software

91 per cent of Australian respondents believe that mainframe is a viable platform

Mainframe is still important in driving business applications and services, and is a critical platform for the evolving hybrid datacentre, according to business survey management company, BMC Software.

The results were drawn from the company’s sixth annual worldwide mainframe survey of more than 1300 global mainframe users.

Of all the Australian respondents, 91 per cent believe that mainframe is a viable platform.

BMC Asia-Pacific vice-president of mainframe service management, James Russell, said, “Reducing the cost of IT is number one the world over, but the importance of disaster recovery, ITIL and regulatory and audit compliance, all new entrants in the top five priority ranking, is unique to Australia compared to the rest of the world.”

    Five key findings arose from the research, which include: Reducing the cost of IT – 61 per cent of the respondents feel that the areas where some of the cost savings can occur is through the reduction of mainframe consumption via intelligent automation, resource-conserving performance technologies, capacity management and exploiting specialty engines. Disaster recovery surged in importance from 17 per cent last year to 52 per cent. Russell mentioned that the increasing number of major natural disasters and system outages impacting organisations in the past twelve months are possible reasons why regulatory/audit compliance and disaster recovery have both made the top priority rankings in this year’s survey. ITIL or other process improvement compliance grew from 19 per cent last year to 29 per cent. Regulatory and audit compliance also increased by 18 per cent since last year to 28 per cent. The impact of planned outrages reduced to 27 per cent from 36 per cent in 2010.

The survey also showed that server virtualisation and staff productivity both dropped down to ninth and 16th, respectively, in ranking as compared to a ranking of joint third in 2010. Cloud computing and SaaS dropped from a ranking of eighth in 2010 to 14th in 2011.

Fifty-five per cent of respondents said private cloud support was an important concept for the future of the datacentre and 60 per cent of those respondents said it was important to the mainframe.

Thirty-one per cent of respondents noted that mobile device support was an important consideration for accessing the mainframe.

In Australia, the mainframe staffing concern about skills continues to be a vital topic. From a systems management point of view, 86 per cent were concerned about mainframe staffing within their organisations.

Businesses are addressing these skills issues in a number of ways such as: internal training, hiring experienced external candidates, cross training, hiring of university and college graduates and utilising more intelligent software tools.

As the mainframe grows within the hybrid datacentre, 85 per cent respondents said that the ability to simplify management across the enterprise with unified solutions was important.

Russell said as Australia is still a few years away from a Cloud-enabled economy, the vast majority of organisations will continue to purchase mainframes and servers to run critical workloads.

Ptak, Noel & Associates principal analyst, Rich Ptak, said, “However, it’s the ability to smoothly integrate mainframe reliability, security, capacity and proven business value into a hybrid data centre or company’s cloud strategy that will make it the key differentiator for IT organisations in the future.”

Note: This is sponsored research and should be approached as such.

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