Author(s): Jim Thompson, Posted 08/26/10
Few things have staying power across generations … think about Music. LPs, CDs, MP3s and how the way we acquire and listen to music has evolved. I think “mainframe” computing is very similar. It has had staying power for decades, but how we buy and use mainframe class computing has certainly changed as well.
Today’s ClearPath systems are unique in that they are time machines. They are capable of running software created for them decades ago while delivering new, contemporary capabilities like smartphone integration and modern programming environments. The introduction of specialty engines has opened new horizons for integration of dissimilar computing environments. ClearPath NextGen deliverables will allow tight integration of all these capabilities and more on a single industry standard computing platform. All of this will be provided without compromising any of ClearPath’s historic attributes in performance, reliability, availability and security.
This opens the door to a future of vertically aligned solutions based on the ClearPath distributed system architecture. The combination of enterprise class hardware with the sPar software backplane allows us to create systems with an appropriate number of specialty engines of just the right size to deliver the right combination of distributed functions to provide the solution desired.
The ClearPath strategy is really very simple … continuously provide contemporary computing capabilities with enterprise class attributes in terms of reliability, availability and security while at the same time protecting the investment ClearPath customers have made in their systems. It isn’t enough to simply provide contemporary technology, we need to integrate and streamline it in such a way that our clients can cost effectively extend the life of their investments. Consider the ePortal specialty engine. ePortal allows our customers to easily add contemporary user interfaces like Apple’s iPad or RIM’s Blackberry to existing application systems without having to modify the underlying application system. Not only does this reduce risk and cost, but it preserves the traditional user interface for the places where it is appropriate while at the same time adding new capability where appropriate. This layered approach offers the further promise of future proofing the environment as new capabilities can be easily added as they emerge.
It’s easy to think of specialty engines as special purpose service processors delivering a service in a larger computing complex. It may seem unremarkable until you put it in the context of the secure, reliable, scalable computing platform that a ClearPath system is.
So here we are, over 50 years since the first systems that would become the ClearPath line and what we have is anything but an old school, tired mainframe … instead we have a vibrant computing platform that continues to deliver for our customers every day.
As we look ahead to the next 50 what is it we will need to do today, to ensure that ClearPath remains successful?
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