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US House Decommissions Its Last Mainframe 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-go-office-space-on-it dept.
coondoggie writes "The US House of Representatives has taken its last mainframe offline, signaling the end of an era in Washington, DC computing. The last mainframe supposedly enjoyed 'quasi-celebrity status' within the House data center, having spent 12 years keeping the House's inventory control records and financial management data, among other tasks. But it was time for a change, with the House spending $30,000 a year to power the mainframe and another $700,000 each year for maintenance and support."
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US House Decommissions Its Last Mainframe

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  • by RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) <> on Saturday October 10, 2009 @05:18AM (#29702305)

    From Big Iron to VMs and dedicated Unix machines.

    I don't care what part of the political spectrum you fall under, that's change we can all get behind.

    Unless your job was supporting old, proprietary big iron.

  • Support costs (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Linker3000 (626634) on Saturday October 10, 2009 @05:32AM (#29702333) Journal

    Wow, that's some support bill - or was the House doing the usual Government thing and buying its 'Government Grade' punch tapes at $500 for a pack of 5!? I expect there was also one very highly paid guy who was the only living person left who knew the correct sequence of toggle key entries to start the IPL!

    A corporate for which I once did some consulting was transitioning their code from an ancient mainframe to a group of PC-based servers. For some bizarre reason, the Company decided to make their in-house hardware engineer/support guy redundant BEFORE they had finished the change-over! Suffice to say, his consulting daily (or part daily) rate to come back in and kick the old system back to life as needed during its last few months was *very* high as he was the only one who knew how to sweet-talk some of the bespoke hardware. I heard of times where a 10-minute site visit was netting him a 1/2 day fee of something mad like 700UKP

    No doubt the House mainframe's replacement is the $900 Dual Xeon unit previously used as a front-end processor for the mainframe's 32-port serial mux!

  • Re:Cloud? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Linker3000 (626634) on Saturday October 10, 2009 @06:16AM (#29702461) Journal

    The Cloud = Mainframe V2.0?

    'scuse me while I try and calm down my hysterical laughter.

    (what U smokin'?)

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. -- Richard Bach, "Illusions"