Mainframe Vs Cloud Computing Top Differences


  1. Controlled environment of the mainframe
  2. Traditionally requires an administrator to provision computing power for specific tasks
  3. Mainframe has a reputation as old technology that operates under an outdated IT paradigm of command and control
  4. Mainframe cannot run on X86 architecture
  5. IBM has been promoting mainframes as cloud platforms
  6. Mainframe hardware is expensive, licensing and software costs tend to be high

Cloud Computing:

  1. Cloud is that the dynamic provisioning is self-service
  2. At user’s demand
  3. Cloud computing today runs on x86-based distributed architectures
  4. Cloud is cheaper
  5. Usually admin not required, but each user can use it in its own way

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