First Major Press Stories on IBM's New Mainframe
Martin Kennedy, a managing director at Citigroup who oversees the company's 50 mainframes, says the new machine could help it roll out applications more quickly. "If the promise holds true, we can get some real value out of this," said Mr. Kennedy, who plans to upgrade all of its machines to the new system over the next year or two.
Much more information will be coming, I'm sure. Stay tuned.
UPDATE #1: It looks like there's some sort of press embargo that has been lifted, because the media are starting to carry more details. Here are some examples:
- Computerworld Australia has photos of the new zEnterprise System.
- IT News Australia: "IBM Takes Mainframe Back to the Future"
- Reuters: "IBM Launches Faster and More Cost-Efficient Mainframe"
- eWeek Europe: "IBM Launches 5000 MIPS Hybrid Mainframe" [They're only off by an order of magnitude.]
- ZDNet: "IBM Unveils Hybrid Mainframe"
- Forbes: "IBM's New Mainframes Take On Dell, HP"
UPDATE #2: I have added some more press articles to the list above. Also, as Patrick Loftus points out in the comments, IBM has just posted several "redbooks" (technical manuals) for the new zEnterprise System:
- IBM zEnterprise System Technical Guide
- IBM zEnterprise System Technical Introduction
- IBM System z Connectivity Handbook
- IBM System z BladeCenter Extension Model 001
- IBM zEnterprise System: Smart Infrastructure for Today's Heterogenous Business Applications
I'm going to be busy reading.
UPDATE #3: IBM has now issued an official press release: "IBM Unveils zEnterprise System, Ushers in Era of Smarter Data Centers." Here's one section (emphasis mine):
From a performance standpoint, the zEnterprise System is the most powerful IBM system ever. The core server in the zEnterprise System--called zEnterprise 196--contains 96 of the world's fastest, most powerful microprocessors running at 5.2Ghz, capable of executing more than 50 billion instructions per second.
"The world's fastest, most powerful microprocessors." Wow. IBM has also posted a battery of official announcement letters:
- The zEnterprise System — A New Dimension in Computing
- IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX)
- Advanced Workload License Charges Offers Price/Performance for the IBM zEnterprise 196
- IBM z/OS V1.12 — Smart Technologies for a New Dimension in Computing
- IBM z/OS Management Facility V1.12
- IBM z/VM V6.1 — Enhancements for zEnterprise Virtualization
- Preview: IBM z/VSE Version 4 Release 3 offers more capacity and IBM zEnterprise exploitation
- IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS V4.1 Delivers Performance Improvements and Usability Enhancements
- IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer for DB2 for z/OS Enables a New Class of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Workloads for the IBM System z Platform
- IBM CICS Deployment Assistant for z/OS V1.1 Delivers Advanced Topology Visualization, and Automated Creation and Deployment of CICS Regions
|by Timothy Sipples||July 21, 2010 in Innovation, Systems Technology |
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Some draft Redbooks on zEnterprise have JUST appeared on the Redbook RSS feed, and contain more details:
Posted by: Patrick Loftus | Jul 22, 2010 1:26:54 AM
And the associated z/OS v1r12 official announcement is now published:
Includes a few z196 specific features.
Posted by: Patrick Loftus | Jul 22, 2010 8:02:24 AM
I just happened to read up on this post and was very intrigued. IBM and Novell had recently engage Aberdeen's senior IT staff to update and challenge some of the myths around mainframe complexity. Those interested in IBM and Mainframe technology might find my link interesting above.
Posted by: Jason | Aug 17, 2010 1:05:10 PM
Posted by: Jason | Aug 17, 2010 1:24:02 PM
Not surprisingly, the articles which Timothy cites are all very positive in tone and generally uncritical. To redress the balance a little, here's an article which describes zEnterprise as a "move by IBM to leverage, expand and extend its mainframe monopoly"
Posted by: Roger Bowler | Sep 13, 2010 8:16:38 AM
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