Lucky for some: z13 Launches today

IBM today announced a new generation of Mainframe, the z13, which should help businesses globally do more – more powerfully, more mobile-accessibility. more securely & more efficiently than ever before.

The Mainframe of today is very different to the Mainframe that launched 51 years ago this year –less power consumed, less environmental impact and less total cost of ownership to name a few massive benefits, as IBM continues to invest and innovate to support the growing needs of today’s economy.

And it is very much a digital economy: “The z13 is designed to handle billions of transactions for the mobile economy.  Only the IBM mainframe can put the power of the world’s most secure datacenters in the palm of your hand,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems.

Chris Livesey, Micro Focus CMO, comments “As a long term IBM partner, Micro Focus have provided innovative enterprise development and test software for the IBM mainframe environment over many years. IBM z13 is the industry leading business execution environment for enterprise application workload where scalability, performance and extensibility are core requirements for successful IT service delivery. Micro Focus is delighted to support the latest generation of IBM mainframe technology innovation, the z13”.

For more insights, you can find the IBM press release here.

A Solid Foundation

The IBM release builds on a long heritage of innovation, of course. 50 years of it in fact. Last year we helped celebrate the 50th birthday of the IBM Mainframe, as well as having provided a whole range of support to our mainframe customers.

We’ve explored way of helping mainframers get ahead of the compliance game, tackle their growing IT backlog, deliver more value from their mainframe Outsourcing agreements, and offered new solutions to improve end-user efficiency and green screen modernization.

And we’ve taken our message on the road. Our Developer Days running across North America – often in conjunction with IBM – are spreading in popularity, geography and frequency (see the latest schedule here and drop in to see how efficiently we can help your application modernization efforts when we’re passing). #DevDay0

We take pride in attending the frequent #mainframedebate on Twitter, we have our own dedicated Mainframe50 account and hands on hearts – delivered over 20 ‘Mainframe’ themed blogs in the past 12 months.


Best of Friends

If the mainframe is the mainstay production engine of choice for business, then COBOL is its application language of choice. Micro Focus has a rich 39 year heritage with COBOL as our mainstay. And speaking of history, amazing Grace Hopper’s 107th Birthday was cheered and we’re supporting a movie being created about her stellar contribution to IT, which will doubtless feature some of the very first mainframes.


Over the years we’ve built truly outstanding Enterprise products to help IT shops modernise their ‘legacy’ estates in a pain and risk-free way, which themselves are complementary to the mainframe hardware and systems provided by IBM.  Recently, IBM endorsed Micro Focus’ application development technology for IBM mainframes, Enterprise Developer.

In April 2013, Greg Lotko, former VP and business line executive, IBM System z, said, “We are continually working with our technology partners to help our clients maximise the value in their IBM mainframes and this latest innovation from Micro Focus is a great example of that commitment.”

More is More 

We see the opportunity to leverage the mainframe to deliver more business value as better than ever, whether it’s helping someone understand the enterprise application estate they have ignored for years as it just keeps working, right through to Mainframe development and testing solutions. From taking the 1st modernisation steps and making mainframe interface users more effective, to ensuring that our networks still communicate the volumes and speeds we now demand, Micro Focus is truly in this game. COBOL of old still runs the world today, COBOL of old can be COBOL of new, as modern as the new z13.

Yesterday Deon Newman from IBM announced ‘we’re ready’ pre-System z13 launch. Governments, Federal agencies, FSS concerns, insurance companies, travel and transportation companies, educational establishments  – whoever you are – if you have invested in this brilliant technology in the past and would like to bring it into the future – we’re more than ready too!

Have a point of view about the new mainframe? Let us know!


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