The System z has long made an excellent business case based on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The cross-platform capabilities of the zEnterprise only boosted the TCO case by streamlining cross-platform management. But when it comes to Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA), the System z has remained at a disadvantage.

However, wWith the introduction of the z114, the zEnterprise equivalent of a z10 Business Class machine, IBM can deliver a more compelling TCA case. The z114 entry price is $75,000—25 percent less than the z10 BC entry price of $100,000—and it delivers 18 percent more performance per…

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