The beginning of the end for mainframes?
” … She noted that mainframes still have their place in computing where it does not matter if “end-user interfaces are clunky and somewhat inflexible,” when there is a need for a system that delivers “extremely reliable, secure transaction oriented business applications.” …
I got my start on mainframes, punch cards, magnetic tape reels, magnetic core and all that. I learned to program in Fortan II on an IBM 7040 and soon after, started programming on the newish IBM 360s.
I hate to see them go but they are now a far cry from the “Big Iron” of that day. Now the really Big Iron are the supercomputers with 19″ rack after 19″ rack in rows. Physically as big or bigger than any of the old mainframes.