mainframe mainframe  /ˈmeɪnf ˌreɪm/


  1. (n) a large digital computer serving 100-400 users and occupying a special air-conditioned room
  2. (n) (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing


  1. Despite its size, however, the mainframe does its work all but invisibly, behind the closed doors of a special, climate-controlled room.
  2. In high school, he and Allen, with whom Gates would later co-found Microsoft, were obsessed with programming a mainframe owned by a local company.
  3. One was to be a reservoir for drinking water; others were used to cool the air pumped through the complex's massive mainframe computers to prevent them from overheating.


  1. Compuware Rolls Out ‘Enhanced’ APM for Mainframe

    Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq:CPWR) announced enhancements to Compuware APM for Mainframe, transaction management software spanning the edge of the Internet, through distributed systems and into mainframe environments.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: CBS Detroit

  2. Compuware APM for Mainframe Enhanced With Greater Functionality - More Customers to See Mainframe Savings

    DETROIT -- Compuware Corporation , the technology performance company, today announced notable new enhancements to Compuware APM for Mainframe, the industry's leading 24/7 end-to-end transaction management ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. BluePhoenix Shakes up Mainframe Migration Market With New Tech Platform, Services

    ATLAS Platform Offers Unique Solutions for Customers on Legacy and Mainframe Technologies
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Marketwire


  1. One of the major pioneers behind the home computer revolution, Wozniak said the marketplace "has not seen such capacity for innovation and radical transformation since the mainframe computer was replaced by the home computer."
    on Feb 6, 2009 By: Steve Wozniak Source: Sci-Tech Today

  2. "By working with Micro Focus we are improving the value attained by mainframe customers choosing to go with the Windows platform for their modernization strategy, and improving the ROI helping them reduce the costs of their deployment efforts,"...
    on Jul 2, 2008 By: Bill Hilf Source: InfoWorld

  3. "There really is a Sony that lives inside of us, and there's an aspiring Yahoo! or Google that lives inside of us, and there's an IBM mainframe-software business that lurks inside of us, and there's a desktop-software business - where we don't have...
    on Jul 28, 2006 By: Steve Ballmer Source: Seattle Times

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