IT Management

IBM introduced the IBM zEnterprise System to the marketplace in July 2010. Based on a radical new design for hybrid computing, the zEnterprise integrated System z and Power Blade technology and workload-specific optimizers in a single system, making it ideal for running mission-critical workloads and multi-tier applications and integrating data serving and analytics.

One year later, IBM is delivering new capabilities and a new model of the IBM zEnterprise System. Highlights of this announcement include:

  • A new member of the family—the IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114)—brings the strengths of zEnterprise technology and the hybrid computing capabilities to mid-size enterprises by delivering:
  • A new lower entry capacity and price point and a more granular cost structure
  • Improvements in packaging, performance, and total system scalability with extensive growth options designed for mid-sized clients.
  • The zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) has been enhanced with support for System x blades running the Linux operating system.
  • IBM continues to ready the marketplace for the addition of support to run Microsoft Windows on System x blades within the zBX in fourth quarter 2011. (Note: All statements regarding IBM future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only.)
  • IBM is issuing a new statement of direction that outlines a set of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for the Unified Resource Manager designed to increase flexibility in deploying and managing the zEnterprise System.
  • A number of additional enhancements for the zEnterprise have been made that strengthen existing capabilities in areas such as I/O performance, clustering, and security. These new enhancements apply to both the existing z196 and the new z114.

With these announcements, the scope of the IBM zEnterprise System is extended on two fronts:

  • The addition of the new z114 means there’s now a zEnterprise system for enterprises of all sizes.
  • The addition of System x blades for Linux, and in the future Windows, extends the hybrid computing capabilities of the system to an even broader set of customer needs.

With such a robust set of capabilities and the flexibility to drive superior economics, the zEnterprise System is ideally suited to play a key role in Smarter Computing—the next generation of IT infrastructures.

IBM zEnterprise: Designed for the Era of Smarter Computing

An entirely new set of requirements are being placed on what, in many cases, are inefficient IT infrastructures. Today’s infrastructures are challenged in three key areas:

  • Server sprawl is driving increasing cost and complexity.
  • The huge volumes and diversity of data are difficult to manage, making it challenging to create the information needed for better decision-making.
  • Inflexible IT is making it difficult and expensive to deploy and integrate new workloads.

To capture new opportunities, IT organizations must respond to these challenges and meet the dramatic increases in demand for new services and greater service quality. Meanwhile, IT budgets over the past six years have increased only slightly. Consequently, many organizations are facing an IT conundrum: how to meet ever-increasing demands on essentially flat budgets.

Any enterprise can reverse the IT conundrum by designing, tuning, and managing its IT infrastructure in the new era of IT we call Smarter Computing. This new era is realized by deploying technologies tuned to the task of removing financial barriers by driving greater performance and efficiency for each workload, delivering superior economics. It’s designed for data to remove barriers to harnessing all available information and to unlock insights for better decision-making. In addition, it’s managed in a cloud environment, to remove barriers to the rapid development and delivery of new services to reinvent business processes and drive innovation.

With the IBM zEnterprise system, many clients are finding new opportunities to take advantage of the mainframe to help them transform their infrastructures and address the IT conundrum.

Many start this journey by addressing existing inefficiencies through consolidating workloads to lower the cost of operations. System z can do this on a grand scale. Today, with Linux on System z, clients are consolidating tens or hundreds of distributed workloads onto a single System z server. The net effect of savings in software licenses, power, and floor space can dramatically reduce the cost of operations, while the reduction in labor required to manage these workloads can free up resources to focus on developing the new services demanded by the business.

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