IBM is targeting HP and Sun customers with an integrated set of software and hardware to run business software, data warehouse and Linux applications for its Z-series mainframe.
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The mainframe has traditionally been regarded as an expensive option for running new business applications compared to lower cost Unix and Windows-based systems from HP and Sun. This has led many businesses either to migrate and decommission older mainframes, or maintain legacy line of mainframe business applications. However, IBM has aggressively pushed a Linux option for the Z series, which enables mainframes to run Linux applications.
Users of the Z-series can now purchase seven integrated hardware, software and services packages designed to help them deploy new enterprise workloads, such as data warehousing, electronic payments, service orientated architecture and disaster recovery.
IBM has also expanded its existing SAP product, which it says now provides near-continuous availability and data protection with DB2 for z/OS databases on System z.
An entry-level System z server starts at US $100,000.