October 28, 2010 – Mainframes remain the data center of choice for businesses, with the majority of users expecting to invest and expand in mainframes in the near future despite cloud and virtualization buzz, according to findings from a BMC-sponsored survey.

More than half of mainframe users (57 percent) expect the mainframe to grow and attract new workloads, a 5-percent decrease from last year. An additional 37 percent of users expect the mainframe to remain viable in their long-range view, a 4-percent increase from 2009, according to the survey. Four percent of users in the survey felt the mainframe is no longer viable and that businesses should consider an exit strategy, around the same rate from the last four years.

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