Definition of big iron
- … it will wither as most customers find the courage to shift to so-called client-server systems, which are networks of smaller computers. When that happens, other IBM businesses that depend on big iron will also decline.
- —Stratford Sherman, Fortune, 3 Oct. 1994
- Next month, several large companies will lead the charge back to big iron in an attempt to rescue unwieldy or stalled client-server projects.
- —Martin J. Garvey, Information Week, 7 July 1997
- A few years ago the big iron would almost certainly have been provided by the likes of IBM, Hewlett-Packard or Digital Equipment Corp.
- —Eric Nee, Forbes, 12 Jan. 1998