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Bender says. “Mainframes scale vertically and consume much less power and floor space, providing the lowest carbon footprint of any infrastructure.” The cost of time for maintenance, equipment replacement, testing, upgrades and disaster recovery is also frequently discounted. For example, one client had to replace its distributed servers every three years. This required placing the old servers alongside the new while software was loaded and tested on each one. “There was this overlap of six months in every 36-month cycle where they were paying double floor space, double power and a double lease for the new and old machines until they could turn off the old ones,” he says. With many distributed servers, it’s not uncommon for companies to be duplicating hardware costs every month for upgrades

as they work through different parts of the data center, Bender says. Maintenance, backup, system recovery and resource deployment all take significantly less time for a mainframe than a distributed environment. “In z/OS and Linux* on System z environments, you can allocate space in seconds through virtualization capabilities. To do that in distributed environment, by the time you go through procurement for the physical box and software it could take months.” The most important cost most companies ignore is that of system downtime. “How much does it cost your company to be down for one hour—not only in productivity but also in revenue?” Bender asks. “How much does it cost if your customers can’t swipe their cards because your network is down?”

A Fair Assessment
Bender says clients who complete the IBM Eagle Studies TCO analysis gain an appreciation for the elements that make up the costs of their IT infrastructure that they hadn’t previously considered. “You tend to have ardent mainframe and distributed camps in each organization, each with strong opinions,” he says. “The issues can become confusing to executives trying to make that big decision, so our goal is to produce a report that is open to scrutiny and allows them to see the facts.”

Sara Aase is a Minneapolisbased freelance writer.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010
Editor's Desk: Planned to a 'T"
Dashboard: Beef Up Your Passwords
Data Display: Cost of Security Breaches
IT Today: IBM Partnership Offers Cost-Effective BI Solutions
Trends: IBM's Eagle Studies Provide a Clear View of True Technology Costs Both Internal and External Communications
Insider: Six Computing Strategies for a Recovering Economy
Case Study: The Office of the CIO with the State of Nebraska Improved Data-Handling Issues with Smarter and Faster Data-Storage Tools
Harnes the Information Expansion: Discover the Hidden Value in your Business Data with System z
Green with Envy: Syracuse University's New Data Center is One to Covet
Focus on Storage: Tivoli Storage-Management Solutions Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency
Developer: A Guide to Processing XML Documents Stored in Files and DB2
Solutions
Advertisers' Index
Stop Run: IBM's Plant-A-Tree Initiative Grows in Italy
Reference Point
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Cover2
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Editor's Desk: Planned to a 'T"
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Dashboard: Beef Up Your Passwords
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - B1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - B2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - B3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - B4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Data Display: Cost of Security Breaches
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - IT Today: IBM Partnership Offers Cost-Effective BI Solutions
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Trends: IBM's Eagle Studies Provide a Clear View of True Technology Costs Both Internal and External Communications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Insider: Six Computing Strategies for a Recovering Economy
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Case Study: The Office of the CIO with the State of Nebraska Improved Data-Handling Issues with Smarter and Faster Data-Storage Tools
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Harnes the Information Expansion: Discover the Hidden Value in your Business Data with System z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Green with Envy: Syracuse University's New Data Center is One to Covet
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Focus on Storage: Tivoli Storage-Management Solutions Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Developer: A Guide to Processing XML Documents Stored in Files and DB2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Solutions
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Advertisers' Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Stop Run: IBM's Plant-A-Tree Initiative Grows in Italy
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - Reference Point
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - I1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - I2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2010 - I3
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