I recently read an interesting white paper by Forrester Research about the role of System z in cloud computing. "The Role Of Mainframes In Cloud: To Meet The Full Range Of Reliability And Security Needs" covers quite a bit about what many enterprises are looking at as they start to invest more heavily in cloud technology. The article is the output of a survey of 200 decision makers in larger IT organizations.
The core message? As organizations move to more robust cloud deployments, this infrastructure will be geared to more mission critical applications. These requirements cannot be met by basic commodity infrastructure. Forrester sees a move in this area to "hybrid infrastructures" to provide the needed reliability, security, and scalability.
The underlying message is that System z fits very nicely within this paradigm. After all, when you think reliability, security, and scalability, you have to think of System z.
To read the article, go to the following link:
When you get to the page, scroll down and you will see a link for the Forrester article.