Re: Mainframe Architect position-Indianapolis
From: Robert Wagner (spamblocker-robert_at_wagner.net)
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 19:23:31 -0600
On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 22:36:49 -0600, "Joe" <NoSpam@SpamSucks.Org>
>Rapid growth in volume and you want to move mission critical systems
>to client server? Why? Because it's newer technology? Boy are you in
>for problems. NO client server beats the I-O power of the mainframe.
The ten largest databases, by millions of rows, are:
AT&T 496,041 Daytona Sun
Nielsen Media Research 250,918 Sybase IQ Sun
France Telecom 156,787 Oracle HP
SBC 144,416 Teradata NCR
Kmart 133,079 Teradata NCR
FedEx Services 89,342 Teradata NCR
Anonymous 77,837 DB2 for Unix IBM
LG Card 74,702 Sybase IQ Sun
Health Insurance Review72,092 Sybase IQ HP
AT&T Wireless Services 64,534 Teradata NCR
I don't see any mainframe there.
>If you want fast, efficient, reliable, stable, secure processing, you want
>a z/OS server not some click and giggle unix or windows p.o.s..
The ten most active databases, by SQL statements per second, are:
Bureau of Customs & Border Protection 51,448 CA-Datacom
Anonymous 4,010 SQL Server
Internet Auction Co., Ltd. 3,634 SQL Server
Commander Communications Ltd 2,604 SQL Server
Scottish and Southern Energy plc 2,152 SQL Server
2001OUTLET Co. Ltd 1,204 SQL Server
Anonymous 1,200 SQL Server
Caixa Econômica Federal 1,133 CA-IDMS
CheckFree Corporation 739 DB2 for z/OS
Land Registry 702 DB2 for z/OS
Number one should be eliminated as anomalous. It's tracking, what,
money-wasting government projects? Six out of nine heavy hitters run
on 'Billy Boy's click and giggle operating system.'
Isn't REALITY wonderful?
>You're going to need more personnel, more equipment, more time,
>more work and more money than if you had increased and upgraded
>mainframe capacity. Good Luck. Every single "take it off the mainframe"
>project I've ever observed had been a very expensive fiasco.
Every one I've worked on has been a success. Your resume will be a
winner with companies that want an expensive fiasco.
>And BTW... JAVA, C++, webshere and all the "new" stuff runs
>on the mainframe too you know. You can also serve web pages from CICS
>you know. Don't build mission critical systems on toy computers using hot new
>whiz bang technology that could turn out like 8-track tapes or the Betamax.
>You'll be sorry if you do. Tell that to your well-respected financial institution
>and I hope they don't shoot themselves in the head.
I'm disappointed by the absence of the well-respected financial
institutions I worked for on the above lists. Every time someone goes
to Yahoo Financial and asks for details, he's hitting my database. The
server isn't a mainframe; it's a toy computer running Sybase or SQL
Server against trillions of rows on "some click and giggle unix or
One would think financial services companies who are in the business
of selling data could afford computer experts like you to set them
straight. I'm referring to Reuters, Bloomberg, Thomson and
Morningstar. All four of them got it wrong. They're hosting their
databases on Unix and Windows platforms rather than throwing money at
IBM. You should write to their CIOs warning them of the risk and
proposing a mainframe solution. A good laugh is always welcome.