IT Management

IBM reported an amazing spurt in MIPS growth in its Q410 earnings report with a 58 percent MIPS growth—the highest growth in a decade. In fact, IBM’s year-to-year revenue growth in Q410 was also the best it’s been in a decade. But what really caught my attention was the nearly 70 percent rise in mainframe sales during that period.

These results are even more spectacular when considering the challenging economic conditions faced by the U.S. and the rest of the world during this period. In my view, the key factor for the strong rise in mainframe activity is attributable to IBM’s transformative mainframe announcement last July of the zEnterprise and zBX systems.
During the second half of 2010, more than 450 zEnterprise Systems were shipped to customers all around the world and that represents nearly 1.5 million MIPS. During the same period, zBXes were shipped to more than 20 customers.

It’s also interesting to note that of the top-100 System z customers around the world, 64 are running Linux on their mainframes while 32 percent of all System z customers have IFLs installed. Linux represents 19 percent of the System z installed base MIPS capacity. In fact, there are more than 3,250 applications now available for Linux on System z.

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