IBM introduces the IBM System z9 mainframe. This represents a three-year, $1.2 billion development effort encompassing 5,000 IBM experts worldwide. The new mainframe system can process 1 billion transactions a day, more than double the performance of its predecessor, run five world-class OSs and process up to 6,000 secure online handshakes per second.
IBM announces the System z10 server. The System z10 Enterprise Class and the System z10 Business Class mainframes represent more than a $1.5 billion investment, five years of development and a global team of more than 5,000 technical professionals. Both models provide a much higher level of security, control and automation. Meanwhile IBM introduced more than 600 new or updated mainframe applications in the first eight months of 2008, bringing the total to more than 5,000 unique applications.
IBM sells its first System z to a commercial bank in India, emblematic of burgeoning mainframe growth in emerging nations.