Story image

2018 forecast to be the year of hardware and mainframe modernisation

15 Dec 2017

The advance of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2018 will expose the importance of mainframe modernisation.

That’s in the opinion TmaxSoft CEO, Carl Davies, who asserts these new technologies are putting a premium on businesses’ ability to deploy new services rapidly and work quickly with data and consequently making mainframe modernisation a key issue.

According to Davies, legacy mainframes can stall organisations’ embrace of these new technologies, rendering them less competitive in the digital age.

"Business models are even less stable than they used to be, as digital technologies continue to shake the very foundations on which they stand. This makes the capacity to reinvent yourself as an organisation and react flexible to changing market conditions a key skill not just to compete, but simply to survive,” Davies says.

“The problem with legacy mainframes is that they often make it very difficult for businesses to seamlessly explore the new technologies that they need to work with in order to adapt to these shifting sands."

And statistics from Gartner support Davies’ claims, with AI and IoT set to transform entire markets within the next few years. Early adopter brands that redesign their websites to support visual- and voice-search will increase their ecommerce revenue by 30 per cent by 2021. By 2020, it predicts that IoT will feature in 95 per cent of electronics for new product designs.

"Legacy technologies that have been around for decades often slow the pace of time-to-market, inhibiting innovation by making the process of launching new services and responding to competitors a time-consuming, lengthy ordeal. With the legacy mainframe, not only do companies incur high maintenance costs, they also have restricted access to best-in-class software,” says Davies.

“There are other severe limitations facing the traditional mainframe – including being locked into a single provider, as well as being exposed to the risk of an ever-contracting pool of people with the skills and experience to work with this legacy technology.”

Davies says this year has seen a lot of excitement build around AI and IoT, and undoubtedly these technologies are poised to transform entire industries over the next few years.

“The internet and mobile took many by surprise, 'Blockbuster-ing' previous titans and rendering many businesses irrelevant. A key lesson was that as new challengers emerge who are ideally suited to new conditions, incumbents need to have the infrastructure in place to move fast and therefore compete with them,” Davies says.

“The legacy mainframe often weighs down organisations with an outdated approach to IT, and so modernisation is the first step to getting fit for the dynamism of the modern business landscape.”

Dropbox invests in hosting data inside Australia
Global collaboration platform Dropbox has announced it will now host Australian customer files onshore to support its growing base in the country.
Opinion: Meeting the edge computing challenge
Scale Computing's Alan Conboy discusses the importance of edge computing and the imminent challenges that lie ahead.
Alibaba Cloud discusses past and unveils ‘strategic upgrade’
Alibaba Group's Jeff Zhang spoke about the company’s aim to develop into a more technologically inclusive platform.
Protecting data centres from fire – your options
Chubb's Pierre Thorne discusses the countless potential implications of a data centre outage, and how to avoid them.
Opinion: How SD-WAN changes the game for 5G networks
5G/SD-WAN mobile edge computing and network slicing will enable and drive innovative NFV services, according to Kelly Ahuja, CEO, Versa Networks
TYAN unveils new inference-optimised GPU platforms with NVIDIA T4 accelerators
“TYAN servers with NVIDIA T4 GPUs are designed to excel at all accelerated workloads, including machine learning, deep learning, and virtual desktops.”
AMD delivers data center grunt for Google's new game streaming platform
'By combining our gaming DNA and data center technology leadership with a long-standing commitment to open platforms, AMD provides unique technologies and expertise to enable world-class cloud gaming experiences."
Inspur announces AI edge computing server with NVIDIA GPUs
“The dynamic nature and rapid expansion of AI workloads require an adaptive and optimised set of hardware, software and services for developers to utilise as they build their own solutions."