Mainframes provide fast, continuous service that drives digital business initiatives: BMC.

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Superior reliability, performance, and security cited as key factors infuencing mainframe investments by annual BMC survey respondents

BMC recently announced the results of its 11th annual Mainframe Research Report, showing that digital business has measurable effects on the demand for the mainframe to deliver fast, continuous service. The survey--the industry's largest mainframe survey with more than 1,200 executives' and technical professionals' perspectives included--also indicated that mainframes are a critical core IT platform supporting the volume and velocity of data and transactions being created by digital business.

With nearly 60 percent of companies seeing increased data and transaction volumes, and a growing number of databases, companies continue to select the mainframe as a key platform. The mainframe is a highly secure, superior data and transaction server, particularly as digital business adds unpredictability and volatility to workloads.

"The 2016 BMC Mainframe Research Report presents compelling data about the current demand and future outlook for mainframes in digital business. With 89 percent of survey respondents projecting continued strong support for the mainframe, it is clear that companies view the mainframe as a long-term platform," said Bill Miller, president of ZSolutions Optimisation at BMC. "BMC helps customers transform their mainframes for digital business by helping them optimise their systems, data, and costs."

Respondents surveyed fall into three groups based on their mainframe investment strategies:

* 58 percent of companies surveyed are in the increasing group and looking to grow their investment and use of the mainframe.

* 23 percent indicate they will keep a steady amount of work on the mainframe.

* Only 19 percent plan to reduce the usage of the platform.

Executives planning to grow their investment see value in the mainframe for its availability, performance, and security strengths. These respondents often have growing revenues and are focused on modernisation and taking advantage of technologies such as Java, advanced automation, and lower-cost specialty mainframes. Respondents who plan to remain steady, view mainframes as a secure and highly available engine for running their businesses, but are not looking to add new workloads.

Many companies surveyed are concentrated on addressing increasing demands, including the rapidly growing speed of application requirements, and higher levels...

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