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Published: 17 Oct 2012

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, explorers find themselves on a hidden plateau deep in South America that looks much like it did during the Jurassic Era: dinosaurs, giant plants, steaming climate. The only thing missing is a mainframe computer. All kidding aside, and despite all the snide dinosaur comments, the mainframe continues to be a mainstay of many enterprise computing infrastructures. Originally by design--but increasingly by default--it also continues to be a separate world as unapproachable as Doyle's. When we set out to do this month's cover story, we wanted to respond to the frequent requests we get from you to "do something on mainframes." Integration of the mainframe with open-systems storage was one area where you had much interest and needed a lot more information. In many shops, separate storage area networks (SANs) are being built for separate computer platforms. It's easy to see that one might be squeamish about having your typical cranky Windows applications banging on the same arrays that house data from your most bulletproof ... Access >>>

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