November / December 2012
November / December 2012

When will people stop marveling that the mainframe isn’t actually dead? At the end of August, IBM introduced its fastest mainframe ever. The new machine, the zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12), delivers more performance and capacity than its predecessor but at a lower price/performance. It also adds two major new capabilities, IBM zAware and Flash Express, and supports hybrid computing.

The z196 was a breakthrough machine that introduced multi-platform hybrid computing through the Unified Resource Manager (zManager) and the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX). The zEC12 is more like the next revision of the z196 than something…

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