Dear Commons Community,
Given the current dominance of the Internet and small portable computing devices, I am sure that most of us who follow technology have not thought much about large mainframe computer systems which were the mainstay hardware technology from the 1950s through the 1980s. However, IBM, the leading manufacturer of mainframe computers, recently announced a new “Z” series of systems in response to a growing demand for large mainframe computers. Other mainframe manufacturers include Unisys, Bull, Fujitsu and Hitachi. Just like in the “old days”, IBM is being investigated for monopolistic practices by the European Commission. IBM was a common target of such investigations both in the USA and abroad when it was the undisputed world leader of computer technology.
For more information, see two NY Times articles: