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IBM offers Sun/HP upgrade to z114 mainframe

Cliff Saran

IBM has introduced a new mainframe server, which it says costs 25% less than its existing z10 system and is 25% faster.

IBM estimates the new the zEnterprise 114, or z114, will consolidate workloads from 40 x86 processors running Oracle software to three processors running Linux.

According to IBM, over a three-year period, total costs for hardware, software and support on the new z114 can be up to 80% less than that of consolidated servers, with similar savings on floor space and energy.

The entry price is under $75,000, making the z114 IBM's lowest cost mainframe server.

The zEnterprise 114 also enables users to IBM System x blades. These can be used to run Linux x86 applications. IBM also plans to offer Windows applications on these blades.

With the z114, clients can start with smaller configurations and access additional capacity built into the server as needed without increasing the datacentre footprint or systems management complexity and cost, according to IBM. It said the z114 is also designed to consolidate workloads from hundreds of x86 servers.

The z114 is powered by up to 14 microprocessors, of which up to 10 can be configured as specialty engines. IBM said these specialty engines - the System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP), the System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP), and the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) - are designed to integrate new Java, XML and Linux applications and technologies with existing workloads.

Users of current System z clients can sell their old system back to IBM Global Financing (IGF). It is also offering a competitive deal, called Fair Market Value (FMV) lease, for HP and Sun systems.


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