4. Mainframes Are Cool Again
The latest surveys from CA Technologies, SyncSort and others show the mainframe enjoying a renaissance. As a transaction platform, there's nothing finer than a z13 from IBM for handling the starburst of transactions generated by every idiot with a smartphone ordering widgets from an app. And there is no more affordable way to host hundreds or thousands of virtual machines (VMs) than to use the platform that is, by definition, a cloud that can allocate and deallocate resources to applications and VMs with agility, resiliency and dependability. The only stumbling block in IBM's story is where the smart folks are going to come from to operate the big iron. But that might be a problem confronting x86 server environments even before it becomes an issue in the mainframe world.
There you go. Safe predictions, all. And, like a broken watch, they're likely to be correct at least a couple of times a year. Have a safe and happy 2016