"In IBM's latest move, announced Tuesday, the company is
releasing a new mainframe bundle called the Enterprise Linux
Server, which starts at a little more than $200,000. The least
expensive version includes two IFL processors, plus memory, I/O
connectivity, licenses for the z/VM mainframe virtualization
software, and three years worth of maintenance. The business class
version can scale up to 10 IFLs, while the enterprise class machine
can scale up to 64.
"Savings per processor improve the more a customer buys, and can
cost as much as 80% less than previous mainframe offerings,
according to IBM.
"The basic $200,000 machine with two IFL processors can run
about 50 Linux-based virtual machines..."