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How to Reduce the Cost of IBM Mainframe Computing

Published: 30 September 2015

ID: G00262034

Analyst(s): Mike Chuba , Dale Vecchio


While IBM mainframes remain significant technical platforms for computing, many IT leaders struggle with the reality, or perception, of their cost. We show how IT leaders can manage the cost of these mission-critical platforms without migrating away from them.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Manage Software Licenses to Reduce Usage of Products That Have Outlived Their Usefulness
  • Consider Using Alternative Approaches to Mainframe Development and Testing That Do Not Utilize Mainframe MIPS
  • Ensure You Take Full Advantage of IBM's Specialty Engines
  • Identify Applications That Do Not Require Mainframe Quality of Service and Move Them to Lower-Cost Platforms

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