"So IBM is slashing the prices it charges for its System z
mainframe engines that are set up to exclusively run Linux, the
so-called Integrated Facility for Linux speciality engines. These
are sold at much lower prices than standard mainframe engines, just
like other speciality engines designed to accelerate WebSphere
middleware (zAAPs) and DB2 database routines (zIIPs).
"The price that IBM charges for mainframe engines depends on
which variety you are talking about. Firstly, there are the
high-end System z Enterprise Class (EC) servers, which cram up to
16 of IBM's four-core, 4.4 GHz z6 mainframe engines into a single
system image, spanning 64 processor cores and nearly 30,000 MIPS of
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