IBM launches ‘System z10’ mainframe

By : |February 29, 2008 0

NEW DELHI, INDIA: IBM released System z10 mainframe to help clients create a new enterprise data center.

The system z10 is designed to help increase data center efficiency by improving performance and reducing power, cooling costs, and floor space requirements.

It offers security and automates the management and tracking of IT resources to respond to ever-changing business conditions.

In addition to the z10, IBM also announced that it has invested $300 million in architects, technical skills, as well as design and benchmarking centers to help clients transform to a new enterprise data center.

Qualified clients can receive free assessment services to prioritize and take action to implement a more efficient, shared and dynamic IT infrastructure.

IBM’s next-generation, 64-processor mainframe, which uses Quad-Core technology, is built from the start to be shared, offering greater performance over virtualized x86 servers to support users.

"The z10 also supports a broad range of workloads. In addition to Linux, XML, Java, WebSphere and increased workloads from Service-Oriented Architecture implementations, IBM is working with Sun Microsystems and Sine Nomine Associates to pilot the Open Solaris operating system on System z, demonstrating the openness and flexibility of the mainframe," said Sreenath Chary, business unit executive, System z, IBM India/South Asia.

From a performance standpoint, the new z10 is designed to be up to 50 per cent faster and offers up to 100 per cent performance improvement for CPU-intensive jobs compared to its predecessor, the z9, with up to 70 per cent more capacity.

The z10 also is the equivalent of nearly 1,500 x86 servers, with up to an 85 per cent smaller footprint, and up to 85 per cent lower energy costs. The new z10 can consolidate x86 software licenses at up to a 30-to-1 ratio.

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