6 Top Mainframe Vs. Cloud Differences

Mainframe and Cloud-computing are not the same. Here are the differences between these two.


  1. The controlled environment
  2. Traditionally requires an administrator to provision computing power for specific tasks
  3. The mainframe cannot run on X86 architecture
  4. IBM has been promoting mainframes as cloud platforms
  5. Mainframe hardware is expensive, licensing and software costs also high
  6. Porting of applications is laborious

Cloud Computing

  1. Cloud is that the dynamic provisioning is self-service
  2. Scale up or down according to user’s demand
  3. Cloud computing today runs on x86-based distributed architectures
  4. Cloud is cheaper than mainframe
  5. Usually, admin not required, but each user can use it in its own way
  6. Porting of applications from one cloud to another you can do easily

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Author: Srini

Experienced software developer. Skills in Development, Coding, Testing and Debugging. Good Data analytic skills (Data Warehousing and BI). Also skills in Mainframe.