Along with the triple performance boost over existing IBM zSeries 900 servers, the new server was designed with a variety of features that advance IBMs on-demand computing initiative. The new servers exploit the Intelligent Resource Director, which balances workloads dynamically according to priorities set by the customer. The z990, which includes a fourfold increase in memory and bandwidth, adds the ability to dial up and dial down capacity according to business requirements. The new On/Off Capacity on Demand feature marshals additional engines within seconds and then shuts them down to allow customers to respond to daily or seasonal demand surges.Farmers Insurance Group plans to consolidate its mainframe environment onto three of the new z990s to reduce costs and "lower the footprint," according to Larry Berger, director of systems operations for the insurance company, in Los Angeles. IBM spent four years and $1 billion developing the new z990 eServer, according to Bill Zeitler, senior vice president of IBM Systems Group. IBM will extend its workload prioritization capability to other systems outside of the zSeries, and the company is working to "harvest" investments in the zSeries for other IBM platforms, Zeitler said. "Were trying to be pragmatic. We dont see technology sharing as a threat," he said. Zeitler also said IBM is lowering the reference price for its zSeries eServers by 40 percent. And the company is making its On/Off pricing available across all of its system products, he added. Latest IBM News:
A new release of the z/VM operating system allows users to create and manage hundreds of Linux virtual servers in one box. That feature is intended to attract customers looking to further consolidate their computing resources.