7 Fun Facts About Mainframes

Here are a few quick facts about mainframes, from the recent upsurge in mainframe training to the critical role of terminal emulation in the modern mainframe environment.

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The Terminal Emulation Glossary

If you're new to the topic of terminal emulation, here is some of the most common jargon used in the industry.

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Graphical User Interfaces and Terminal Emulation

These days, we take the simplicity of working with computers for granted. If you're like most people, you're reading this page from a computer running a Windows operating system, though if you fall outside of the majority, it could be the increasingly popular Mac OS X from Apple, or maybe even a PC running Linux. Whatever the case, your operating system is doing an impeccable job of making using your computer a breeze and this is largely thanks to its graphical user interface or GUI. Once upon a time, there were no GUIs -- there were only text based terminals. In this article, we'll take a look at the evolution of computer access from crude terminals to graphical user interfaces, as well as looking at the role that terminal emulation plays today.

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Mainframes and Cloud Computing: Similarities and Differences

Since the arrival of cloud computing, the debate has raged: is cloud computing really just the mainframe re-imagined? Or are the differences significant enough that these two technologies should be considered opposite? In this article, we'll take a look at both the similarities and differences of mainframe and cloud computing technology, including scalability, security, and terminal emulation considerations.

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