Businesses running IBM zSeries mainframes can now see how much they could save by offloading workloads to IBM's add-on zIIP processor.
The z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) is a lower-cost alternative for running certain mainframe applications.
Analyst company WinterGreen Research has built a web-based calculator to measure the total cost of ownership of mainframe service oriented architecture (SOA) applications that use zIIP in combination with DataDirect Shadow integration middleware from DataDirect Technologies.
"Technological advancements such as SOAs, web services, ANSI-92 SQL and XML Events address many of the challenges of mainframe integration, but cost still remains a primary customer concern," said Susan Eustis, president and CEO of WinterGreen Research.
She said the tool could help businesses identify where they can save money by moving workloads onto the zIIP.
The calculator is designed to compute the daily and annual savings in dollars and MIPS capacity that can occur by exploiting the zIIP specialty engine.
DataDirect Shadow offloads SOA, event publishing and data workloads from the mainframe GPP (general purpose processor) to the non-restricted, more economic zIIP specialty engine.