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Old 04-11-2013, 06:37 PM
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jobowker
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Not scaleable? How many mainframes does google use?

So while they still play a role, fewer and fewer companies use them anymore. Large businesses that still use mainframes often do so because porting over to an entirely new platform would be a massive effort. And even with that, many use their mainframes for fewer and fewer functions.

The space shuttle ran off a Vax PDP-11 - do you expect me to believe that there aren't any wintel servers that can beat a PDP-11? They used it because that's what it started with, and it's cheaper/easier/less risk to keep what you have. That's the reason companies are using code written 30 years ago.
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