Archive for April 4th, 2012

The Last NASA Mainframe Gets Its Plug Pulled

 

From NASA’s CIO Linda Cureton:

“This month marks the end of an era in NASA computing. Marshall Space Flight Center powered down NASA’s last mainframe, the IBM Z9 Mainframe. For my millennial readers, I suppose that I should define what a mainframe is. Well, that’s easier said than done, but here goes — It’s a big computer that is known for being reliable, highly available, secure, and powerful. They are best suited for applications that are more transaction oriented and require a lot of input/output – that is, writing or reading from data storage devices.

They’re really not so bad honestly, and they have their place. Things like virtual machines, hypervisors, thin clients, and swapping are all old hat to the mainframe generation though they are new to the current generation of cyber youths…But all things must change.”

Insert her sigh here..

Read more at: http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/NASA-CIO-Blog/posts/post_1329017818806.html

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