First Major Press Stories on IBM's New Mainframe

Not too many details yet, but there are now stories in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other major outlets. From the Journal:

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:

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:

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:

IBM has got one heck of a significant set of announcements here.

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:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/rss/zseries.xml

Posted by: Patrick Loftus | Jul 22, 2010 1:26:54 AM

And the associated z/OS v1r12 official announcement is now published:
http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=ca&infotype=an&supplier=897&letternum=ENUS210-235

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

http://resources.aberdeen.com/toolkit/mainframe.html

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"

http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/09/ibms-cloud-grab-next-generation-of.html

Posted by: Roger Bowler | Sep 13, 2010 8:16:38 AM

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