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mainframe computer

Etymology: OE, maegen, strength, framian, to progress; L, computare, to count
a large general-purpose computer system for high-volume data processing tasks. It may support large numbers of users simultaneously. Compare microcomputer, minicomputer.

mainframe computer

Informatics
A large computer that manipulates large blocks of data by “multitasking” logical sequences. Such data manipulation in hospital computers is now largely carried by networked PCs.
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The SMS framework provided a policy-based storage management solution for large mainframe computer systems and is an integral part of OS/390 and currently z/OS systems.
Through our alliance with Luminex, our customers no longer need to look beyond StorageTek to meet their growing needs for tier two mainframe DASD storage as part of their information lifecycle management solution," said Cameron van Orman, StorageTek director of Corporate Alliances at StorageTek.
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This modern ESCON technology will be integrated into the Channel Gateway product family in the near future to support mainframe enterprises looking to extend their significant investments in ESCON-based infrastructure.
What is required is an intelligent SAN gateway that sits in the middle of the data path that not only interconnects mainframes and open systems storage on an interface level, but also on a data level.
While long perceived as the largest, most successful data center mainframe vendor, IBM has lost that position through an apparent lack of focus.
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For that reason, device emulation is not a realistic technology for providing exchanges of data between mainframes and open systems.