A survey of over 500 U.S. IT professionals in firms using mainframes reveals that despite the allure of new technologies that promise to deliver digital transformation, the mainframe continues to dominate IT infrastructure.
According to the 2022 Survey Report: The State of the Mainframe 56% of respondents says the mainframe still makes up most of their IT infrastructure, followed by private cloud (20%) and distributed (15%).
This illustrates the effectiveness and reliability of the mainframe and its ongoing role as a critical element in IT environments.
Modernising the mainframe plays a critical role in helping businesses overcome some of their most pressing challenges, including protecting their investments in technology, closing the skills gap and integrating new technology for a unified IT environment.
The survey reveals that modernising in place—not ripping and replacing the mainframe—is the preferred method to update IT infrastructure. Respondents described their organisations’ current mainframe application and operations IT strategy as “modernising in place” (56%), “operating as is” (27%) and “re-platforming” (17%).
Jeff Cherrington, vice president, product management, System Z, Rocket Software. “As the findings of this report show, the mainframe continues to be reliable, secure, and efficient. Modernising the mainframe must be a top priority for IT leaders working to ensure their IT infrastructure is future-proof and to help close the skills gap many organisations are facing.”