IT & Network Infrastructure : IBM zEnterprise 114 Mainframe: 10 Reasons to Buy It

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-07-14 Print this article Print
Consolidated Workloads

Consolidated Workloads

The new z114 is designed to consolidate workloads from hundreds of x86 servers.
A year after announcing its breakthrough zEnterprise mainframe system, IBM has announced an entry-level mainframe server to extend mainframe qualities and capabilities to more organizations, especially companies and governments in emerging markets in Asia, Africa and elsewhere. In addition to the new mainframe, IBM announced support for System x blades within the zEnterprise System running Linux. Big Blue also said support for Windows will come later in the year. The new system, the IBM zEnterprise 114—a version of the IBM zEnterprise System that the company says is the most scalable mainframe ever—follows the introduction of the zEnterprise System for the world's largest banks, insurance companies and governments in July 2010. The new server, which allows midsize organizations to enjoy the benefits of a mainframe as the foundation for their data centers, costs 25 percent less and offers up to 25 percent more performance than its predecessor, the System z10 BC server, IBM officials said.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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