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IBM Boosts zEnterprise Mainframe Portfolio

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IBM today unveiled its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe designed for the latest in analytics, cloud, and mobile computing.

Starting at USD $75,000, IBM is making one of the most secure and technologically advanced enterprise servers attractive to organizations of all sizes.

The new zBC12 provides clients with superior levels of performance, flexibility and scale. Compared to its predecessor the z114, it boasts a faster processor at 4.2 GHz and two times the available memory; and, it allows clients to grow into their system with a pay-as-you-grow approach.

When integrated with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator, the zBC12 can perform business analytics workloads with response times up to nine times faster, 10 times better price performance, and 14 percent lower total cost of acquisition than the closest competitor.

For cloud computing, the zBC12 can consolidate up to 40 virtual servers per core or up to 520 in a single footprint for as low as $1.00 per day, per virtual server. A single zBC12 can save clients up to 55 percent over x86 distributed environments.

New Innovations for the Latest zBC12 and zEC12, Enterprise Linux Server for First-Time zEnterprise Clients

IBM is also delivering a new Linux-only based version of the zBC12, the Enterprise Linux Server (ELS), to help clients that are rapidly growing their businesses, especially in growth markets.

The ELS includes hardware, a z/VM Hypervisor and three years of maintenance. The system can run a portfolio of over 3,000 Linux applications, and clients can extend it with two new solutions, ELS for Analytics and Cloud-Ready for Linux on System z, as an onramp for analytics and cloud computing.

New hardware functions provide CPU and storage savings by compressing data on the server.  For example, there is a new high speed, low latency I/O connection for enabling up to an 80 percent reduction in network latency.

Also, with z/OS 2.1, IBM delivers not only performance and scale but simplified management with z/OSMF. There is also a new 2:1 ratio for zIIP and zAAP special purpose engines for improved workload economics.

And with z/VM 6.3, clients can now consolidate up to 520 virtual servers in a single footprint with the increase in real memory and the new HiperDispatch function.

Software and Operating Systems Enhancements for zEnterprise

IBM continues to build on its full range of analytics, cloud, mobile, and security capabilities in zEnterprise with new software. For analytics the new IBM zEnterprise Analytics System 9710 now includes zBC12 and DB2 10 for z/OS VUE providing a foundation to deliver a cost effective analytics deployment.

For cloud, IBM enhanced the IBM OMEGAMON for z/OS family to detect performance problems in the cloud and minimize impact to the business and increase analytics visibility.

IBM continues to help clients bridge the gap between mobile devices and enterprise data and services with native JSON support and conversion between JSON and data structures with the new CICS Transaction Server Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions V1.0 and DB2 11 for z/OS (ESP).

The new z/VM (v6.3) operating system builds on top of Live Guest Relocation and now supports up to one terabyte of real memory, enabling support for more virtual servers than any other platform in a single footprint. It leverages HiperDispatch technology for improved system performance, and is enabled for OpenStack for advanced enterprise-wide service management.

The new z/OS 2.1 operating system enables the latest zEnterprise hardware features (zEDC and SMC-R),  includes many performance and scalability enhancements for data serving workloads, and a new capability, “Crypto as a Service” enables Linux on System z applications to use z/OS services to encrypt data — providing more secure encryption. Additionally, enhancements to z/OS Management Facility improves start up times and provides services for automating workflow, further reducing costs.

You can learn more about IBM zSystems technology here.

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