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IBM`s New Mainframe: The Key is the Core

Jul 22, 2010, 15:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Darryl K. Taft)

"IBM claims its new zEnterprise mainframe is the highest performing, most efficient mainframe ever and the z196 core server has something to do with that. The system is 60 percent faster than its predecessor and uses the same amount of electricity.

"...Moreover, the new system is up to 60 percent faster than its predecessor, the System z10, and uses about the same amount of electricity, IBM said. More than 100,000 virtualized servers can be managed as a single system on a fully configured cluster of zEnterprise Systems. And for customers running Linux, a single virtualized server can be created and deployed on the zEnterprise System for less than $1 per day.

"The z196 can be configured to include up to 80 specialty engines to further reduce costs and increase performance including the System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) for integrating Java workloads with core business applications, the System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) designed to help free-up computing capacity and lower IT costs, and the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) to optimize Linux workloads running on the mainframe, IBM said in its press release."

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