Why client-server must die

Old models of computing always tend to linger too long, but client-server was based on a fallacy -- and needs to go away sooner rather than later

Why client-server must die

I write this week from IBM’s Insight conference in Las Vegas. A former InfoWorld editor in chief, Stewart Alsop, predicted that the last mainframe would be unplugged in 1996. This week I'll attend a session where IBM runs Apache Spark on a mainframe, even as the mighty beast's luster finally fades.

I'm going to the Spark-on-the-mainframe session for the lolz. IBM loves its mainframes because they sustain one of the few noncompetitive hardware businesses in existence, where IBM can make nearly a 50 percent margin.

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