In order to understand what a terminal emulator is, you first need to know what the terms ‘terminal’, ‘mainframe’ and ‘GUI’ mean, because terminal emulation software was developed using GUI-based operating systems to ‘emulate’ the terminal’s role of communicating with the mainframe.
A new study conducted by research company Vanson Bourne, has revealed the extent of mobile’s impact on mainframe computing. The global survey of chief information officers (CIOs), found that the growth of mobile tools was leading to increased usage, costs and complexity of mainframe systems.
The growth of cloud technology has led to some industry commentators to suggest that cloud solutions are due to replace mainframe technologies. However, this is a misconception as mainframe computers are excellent supporting tools for cloud technology.