Mainframe systems are used by IT organizations to host the most important, mission-critical applications. This includes customer order processing, financial transactions, production and inventory control, payroll, and many other functions. Mainframe systems are inherently stable and reliable—they owe much of their longevity and popularity to this fact.
Mainframe statisticsThere are currently 10,000 mainframes actively being used around the world. More specifically by:
- 96 of the world’s largest 100 banks
- 9 out of 10 of the world’s largest insurance companies
- 23 of the 25 largest retailers in the United States
- 71 percent of the Fortune 500 use IBM System z mainframes.
- 10,000 mainframes actively being used around the world
- Reliability, availability, serviceability
- Continuing compatibility
Occasionally, an organization may find a situation where a critical piece of software isn’t available for the mainframe platform, or where doing a full install on a mainframe system is feasible for financial or technological reasons. Mainframes can be linked to other systems in what is called distributed processing. In those cases, we can provide the needed software using our mainframe distributed systems.
For example, to access CASS on a distributed server the information stored on the mainframe is transmitted to the distributed server. It is processed using a CASS system (such as MaxCASS OS), and an output file is created. The output file is transmitted back to the client mainframe and inserted back into the workflow.
Distributed processing can be run on nearly every operating system or online as a cloud-based or SaaS build.