Just a quick blog today to point you to an interesting article in the latest issue of IBM Systems Magazine - Mainframe Edition. The article, titled A New System for a New Market, points out that the System z9 Business Class (z9 BC) platform, the latest mainframe in IBM's product line announced in April 2006, is suitable for the small and medium business (SMB) space.
This offering brings high performance and scalability to the SMB market at a very reasonable cost (around $100k). With specialty engines that can be added (IFL, zIIP and zAAP), again at a reasonable cost, it looks like the IBM mainframe will not only remain viable for large shops, but it could expand out into smaller ones, too.
So, as most mainframe afficianados know, the mainframe is not dead. But, it may actually be able to grow with the new features and affordability being built into IBM's new mainframes.