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With ClearPath Forward! we are no longer content to reflect on the past, or even keep pace. No, we have chosen to lead and in the process create the Mother of all Mainframes.
The second of the Future Matters 2011 series saw Pershing Limited make a presentation describing their adoption of Business Continuation Accelerator to enhance Pershing’s Business Continuity capability. Impressing most was the speed at which Pershing was able to adopt the solution.
In an earlier blog I mused that I should get out more … well somebody listened … during the month of May I’ve visited five cities and have spoken with customers from Europe, Middle East & Africa, North America, and Asia-Pacific. It’s truly an honor to be asked to do so, and I truly enjoy every opportunity to interact with our clients.
Many people view the “MCP” as a whole – they receive an MCP release, install, qualify, and run it as a single entity. In reality, the MCP is composed of over 125 different software products including the operating system and software for database, security, communications, networking, transaction processing, application development, system management, and other major system functions.
I believe, what makes ClearPath Engineering special ….it is called “The knack”
When I was young, I thought scissors came with the tips broken off … I learned later in life that actually they had been broken off by my dad when he used them as screwdrivers … an early lesson in using the right tool for the job. When we started the process of defining the ClearPath NextGen architecture we knew we needed to preserve the partitioning capabilities from earlier systems and at the same time we wanted to exploit all the capabilities in Intel’s latest system designs.. While virtualization is all the rage, we chose not to use a general purpose hypervisor for partitioning … did we choose wisely?
The ClearPath systems launched this week, the Dorado 4100 and the Libra 4100, represent the foundation for the next 50 years of ClearPath computing. What makes them significant is not that they are new, but that they are a contemporary interpretation that is true to the architecture of the systems that preceded them. Compatibility is one of the guiding principles of ClearPath engineering … Do you think the guiding principles of the ClearPath teams are still important?
The term utility computing has been around for some time. In some respects the timesharing systems of the 1970′s fit this model. As with many things the notion of utility computing was before it’s time. It was born of necessity but never really realized its full potential as is often the case when imagination and reality collide. Is it time? Is it back? Or is it gone forever?
While I was in Wellington, New Zealand for their Future Matters Conference I was asked to do a presentation on “iPhone integration with ClearPath”. It is interesting how the more correct “Smartphone integration with ClearPath” is less exciting to those that plan conferences. The point is while these devices capture the imaginations of the masses; integration of smartphones and similar devices like iPads, Blackberries and even iPhones is hard for many to see as being applicable to them.
Recently I spent a couple of days in Wellington New Zealand at the Future Matters Conference there. It was one of those rare opportunities to see old friends and make a few new ones. One of our financial clients in Wellington has been running a MCP based system for more than 40 years … having selected a Burroughs Mainframe system in 1967 to automate their bank. We find ourselves 40 some years later continuing to help this customer deliver efficient business solutions internally and externally to their clients as well. They are the first installation in New Zealand to put our ePortal application modernization solution into production use.