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50 Years of Mainframe Sorting Innovation from Syncsort

When IBM introduced System/360 back in 1965 with multi-tasking MFT and MVT operating systems, little did we know that 50+ years later, it would have evolved into the current day IBM System z. A decade after the introduction of S/360, IBM’s flagship mainframe system, was a water-cooled S/370 model 168 backed by 8MB of real storage and supported by a main console that rivaled the bridge of Starship Enterprise. It consisted of an entire air-conditioned room to service processing and storage capacity – which was exponentially smaller in capacity than the smart phones most carry around in their pockets today.

Can you imagine trying to do any serious processing within 8 MB of real storage? Getting work done – and on a schedule – became the biggest challenge for IT.

Read on to look at some of the innovations in Syncsort MFX® over the past 50 years, and how they have exploited technology advancements on the IBM z platforms and z/OS, to help mainframe organizations enhance, perform and reduce cost.