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IT executives operating or planning to operate a consolidated data center environment with virtualized Linux servers often view the x86 platform as the most cost-effective solution, based on the lower hardware cost, compared to other platforms. While generally acknowledging the clearly superior architecture, efficiency, manageability, and performance of IBM's System z, they regard a mainframe as overkill, believing they will be paying for more than they need. This may be attributable in part to industry positioning of the x86 platform as able to handle any workload under any condition. Additionally, they mistakenly regard System z as old, proprietary technology, poorly suited to modern applications, and with less support from Linux application Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). They also believe it will be complicated and difficult to manage.
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