T Rex to Power New IBM Data Center

IBM's new On Demand Data Center will use the company's most powerful zSeries mainframe, the zSeries 990, which will give customers the capacity they need when they need it.

SAN FRANCISCO—IBM Tuesday launched its most powerful zSeries mainframe—code-named T-Rex—and IBM Global Services will be one of the first to use it in its brand new data center in Boulder, Colo.

When IBM "cuts the ribbon" on the new On Demand Data Center in June, it will seamlessly move its customers to a pair of the new zSeries 990 eServers, which can scale up to process 450 million e-business transactions a day and manage hundreds of Linux virtual servers in a single box, according to Jim Corgel, general manager of IBMs e-business hosting and utility services.

"This is not you fathers data center," he said.

"Theyll move me onto the new 990, but I wont see that. This makes my life easier because Im not focused on that. I can focus on my business," said Paul Mercurio, CIO at Mobile Travel Guide in Park Ridge, Ill.

The new Boulder On Demand Data Center is the first to use IBMs Utility Management Infrastructure, which Corgel said gives customers the capacity they need when they need it and allows them to take advantage of virtualized network, processor, storage and middleware utilities.

Mobile Travel Guide, a new venture that just launched a travel service geared toward driving vacations, chose to work with the On Demand Data Centers rather than invest in equipment and talent to run the online service itself.

"I was able to maintain my capital, contain operating costs and, after the summer travel peak, I can turn capacity off," said Mercurio. "We view IBM services as an extension of our team. Our software developers have to work closely with IBM." Mercurio estimated that he is saving about 20 percent to 25 percent of his operating costs by taking this approach.

In a cluster, the z990 eServers can handle 13 billion transactions a day or thousands of Linux virtual servers. A 16-way z990 can process up to 11,000 Secure Sockets Layer transactions per second.