The mainframe turns 50, or, why the IBM System/360 launch was the dawn of enterprise IT

  • 4 April 2014
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In many ways, the modern computer era began in the New Englander Motor Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut.
It was there in 1961 that a task force of top IBM engineers met in secret to figure out how to build the next-generation IBM computer.
A new design was sorely needed. IBM already sold a number of successful though entirely separate computer lines, but they were becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and update.
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