IBM Grants Mainframe to U Arkansas as Teaching Platform

IBM is providing the University of Arkansas' Walton College of Business access to its IBM System z900 mainframe and software in an effort to promote curriculum development on mainframe hardware systems.

The technology upgrades the college's mainframe curriculum to teach skills that can be learned on the IBM System z, including open source environments such as Linux.

Arkansas administrators said the deal will give students experience in real-world business computing environments. It will also enable students to collaborate on virtual projects and lab assignments, they said.

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