An upstate New York college sees great economic advantage by running cloud computing on a mainframe.

On one mainframe, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., runs 630 virtual servers. Some of them are dedicated to computer sciences, some for web sites, and some for client and/or partner organizations. The end users don't know they are on a mainframe; they think they have their own server.

"The advantage of using a mainframe is tremendous," said Bill Thirsk, chief information officer at Marist College. "One of the applications that we use for managing the school...requires 10 large servers to run the entire suite of programs....

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