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Relive the past and speculate what the future holds for the IBM Mainframe by watching the video “Big Iron: The Mainframe Story.”

The documentary video chronicles one of the world’s most innovative and enduring business computer technologies. Each chronological segment provides context for what was taking place in the world of computing and where the IBM Mainframe fit into and often drove the technological innovation of the time.

From Alan Turing to the System/360 and virtualization to z10 and beyond, “Big Iron: The Mainframe Story” includes conversations and reflections from subject matter experts, Mainframe historians and the individuals who made and make IBM Mainframe technology a driving force in the world of business computing.

Part 1- The 1960s

The IBM System/360, considered to be the first IBM mainframe system, reinvented computing when it was introduced in 1964. The mainframe was integral to the early U.S. space program, helping put a man on the moon for the first time. This is part 1 of 5. Produced by IBM Systems Magazine.

Part 2- The 1970's

The IBM mainframe has been providing virtualization capabilities almost since its inception and continues to lead and innovate in this area. This is part 2 of 5. Produced by IBM Systems Magazine.

Part 3- The 1980's and 1990's

With the rise of distributed computing in the 1980s, many predicted the demise of the IBM mainframe. Nothing could be further from the truth. The 1980s and 1990s marked a period of growth and innovation for the platform. This is part 3 of 5. Produced by IBM Systems Magazine.

Part 4- The 2000's

During the 2000s, the IBM mainframe continued to adapt with technology changes by being more open and offering increased interoperability and portability. IBM's Linux investment is an example of the advances Big Blue made in the 2000s. This is part 4 of 5. Produced by IBM Systems Magazine.

Part 5- Beyond 2010

Beyond 2010, the mainframe's future is bright. Programs like the IBM Academic Initiative and SHARE's zNextGen help educate young people on the value of the mainframe in today's business world. The mainframe's attributes, including scalability and security, position the platform well for future cloud computing initiatives as well. This is part 5 of 5. Produced by IBM Systems Magazine.


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