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big iron

(jargon)
(Or "heavy metal [Cambridge]) Large, expensive, ultra-fast computers. Used generally of number crunching supercomputers such as Crays, but can include more conventional big commercial IBMish mainframes. The term implies approval, in contrast to "dinosaur".
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The new offerings borrow heavily from IBM's legendary big-iron systems to form one of the most reliable foundations available today for e-business applications built for Intel(R) microprocessors and Microsoft software.
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