Planet Mainframe News

Breaking into the Mainframe: 50 Years of (Mostly Stupid) Computer Scenes in Movies

It’s not too often that the mainframe is explored in an entertainment publication. This week, though, Movieweb features an article that takes a look at how the mainframe shows up in the movies. For those who pay attention to these things, it will have been noted that the mainframe doesn’t usually show up very accurately. 

According to author Nathan Williams:

“Movies are an ideal way to capture our deepest fears and dreams about coming technology, allowing us to indulge in our wildest imaginations. For information specialists, it’s mostly about curling up on the floor in the fetal position because there have been far more misses than hits when it comes to computers.”

The article dredges up many painful movie memories of instances when “drama kicks realism’s ass,” and, since misery loves company, the article is well worth a read.

Source: Movieweb

Entegria Systems Introduces FastSSR™: The Future of High-Speed Mainframe File Transfers

Entegria Systems, a leading software product company specializing in digital file management, has launched FastSSR™, cutting-edge high-speed software designed to invigorate emulator-based IBM mainframe file transfers.

According to the company’s news release, FastSSR represents a significant leap forward in mainframe file transfer technology. With transfer speeds up to 156 times faster than traditional IND$FILE transfers, FastSSR offers unparalleled speed and efficiency designed to streamline mainframe operations and optimize data movement. 

For financial institutions, insurance companies, and government entities, this technology could help eliminate bottlenecks and achieve significant time savings.

“FastSSR sets a new standard for mainframe file transfers, addressing the need for rapid and secure data movement in today’s fast-paced business environment,” said Tony Tancredi, CTO of Entegria Systems. “This high-speed tool will immediately impact mission-critical enterprises seeking to maximize their mainframe efficiency.”

Importantly, FastSSR is designed to integrate seamlessly with existing terminal emulators like Reflection and Rumba from OpenText and PCOMM from IBM, providing a hassle-free implementation process.

In addition to FastSSR, Entegria Systems is also preparing to launch RheoWorx, a comprehensive managed file workflow system that will enable companies to easily compress, encrypt, process, and transfer various types of data. 

“FastSSR and RheoWorx represent a transformative duo of solutions that revolutionize file transfers and workflow management,” said Elizabeth Venafro, Head of Marketing at Entegria Systems. “With FastSSR’s unprecedented speed and efficiency, and RheoWorx’s comprehensive capabilities, organizations can look forward to a future where file transfers are faster, more secure, and effortlessly streamlined.”

Source: PR Newswire

US Postal Service Technology Environment Update 

The US Postal Service Office of the Chief Information Officer has selected Peraton Enterprise Solutions, as one of 11 suppliers to receive the United States Postal Service (USPS) Information Technology Solutions (ITS) IDIQ contract. The contract is worth a combined total of $2.8 billion and will extend over 7 years.

Peraton, which describes itself as a next-generation national security company, will provide ITS support to the USPS enterprise in all locations.  The company will also provide IT support services in multiple areas, including data center and mainframe operations and IT service management. 

The work includes the modernization and expansion of the existing USPS technology environment to support innovative business transformation:

“Bringing more than 30 years of experience to the contract, our team’s deep understanding of the mission and IT solutions seamlessly works to accelerate the modernization and migration of USPS’ next generation of solutions and services,” said John Coleman, president of, Citizen Security & Public Services sector. 

Source: PR Newswire

Sonja Soderlund is an Oregon-based B2B freelance writer. Whether writing about mainframe computers, educational technology, or sustainable retail, she strives to bring clarity to complex issues. Connect with her at or LinkedIn.