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When it comes to memory, bioinformatics is a hungry wolf ...

The Cloud

IBM boosts zEnterprise mainframe portfolio to help clients build better customer experiences ...

CA releases mainframe performance enhancement innovations ...

Desktop Grids

Supercomputer created on the cheap ...

Want to help cure disease or discover new stars? Now you can, using your smartphone ...

Miron Livny earns distributed computing award ...

New app puts idle smartphones to work for science ...

EuroFlash

Customer validation achieved for Genalice map ...

e-IRG's White Paper 2013 published: Europe needs a e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Barco and projectiondesign deliver next-generation projection innovation for theme parks at EAS 2013 ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility ...

PRACE launches pilot of high performance computing adoption programme for European SMEs ...

Iberdrola and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center develop the Sedar project ...

HOST project to organize workshop for scientific problems ...

Teenagers use supercomputing to design future aircraft with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

First Mira runs break new ground with turbulence simulations ...

NVIDIA pushes further into high performance computing with Portland Group acquisition ...

Parallella is shipped to early Kickstarter backers ...

OpenMP 4.0 API specification is released with significant new standard features ...

Studies suggest new key to switching off hypertension ...

Planned Systems International marks 25 years of excellence in technology and service ...

OSC OnDemand gives computational researchers innovative web interface to HPC systems ...

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a Big Data approach to personalized health care ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades its Powerwall Theater with Christie visualization projection system ...

HP and NEC expand enterprise computing alliance to deliver increased reliability and innovation to customers ...

MoSQuIT bags mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 ...

Intel aims to re-architect data centres to meet demand for new services ...

IBM boosts zEnterprise mainframe portfolio to help clients build better customer experiences

23 Jul 2013 Armonk - Building on decades of technology leadership in enterprise computing, IBM has unveiled its new zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) mainframe designed for the latest in analytics, Cloud, and mobile computing. Starting at USD $75,000, IBM is making one of the most secure and technologically advanced enterprise servers attractive to organisations of all sizes.

IBM also adds new industry solutions and enhanced software and operating systems across its zEnterprise portfolio to help clients better serve their customers. These innovations are designed to allow banks to deliver new mobile banking services, insurance companies can prevent payment of fraudulent claims, and government agencies to interact and serve citizens using new applications in the Cloud.

"Analytics, Cloud and mobile computing are changing the way businesses in all industries engage with their customers", stated Patrick Toole, general manager, IBM System z. "IBM's zEnterprise technologies address these challenges by providing clients with a powerful and highly secure platform to manage new and emerging workloads, helping speed time to market, reduce costs and stimulate business growth by making stronger connections with customers."

The new zBC12 provides clients with superior levels of performance, flexibility and scale. Compared to its predecessor the z114, it boasts a faster processor at 4.2 GHz and two times the available memory; and, it allows clients to grow into their system with a pay-as-you-grow approach.

When integrated with IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator, the zBC12 can perform business analytics workloads with response times up to nine times faster, 10 times better price performance, and 14 percent lower total cost of acquisition than the closest competitor.

For Cloud computing, the zBC12 can consolidate up to 40 virtual servers per core or up to 520 in a single footprint for as low as $1.00 per day, per virtual server. A single zBC12 can save clients up to 55 percent over x86 distributed environments.

IBM is delivering a new Linux-only based version of the zBC12, the Enterprise Linux Server (ELS), to help clients that are rapidly growing their businesses, especially in growth markets. The ELS includes hardware, a z/VM Hypervisor and three years of maintenance. The system can run a portfolio of over 3,000 Linux applications, and clients can extend it with two new solutions, ELS for Analytics and Cloud-Ready for Linux on System z, as an onramp for analytics and Cloud computing.

"ABK chose to consolidate our business systems onto the zBC12 - all of our servers from Intel to Sun - in order to bring our development and production to a new level", stated Armin Gerhardt, CEO, ABK Systeme GmbH. "Our client work requires us to run several systems simultaneously and securely in order to keep projects moving forward while ensuring all the newest regulations are being observed. What convinced us was the ability the zBC12 had to react quickly, to implement new requirements rapidly and, above all, use tools that are common."

New hardware functions provide CPU and storage savings by compressing data on the server. For example, there is a new high speed, low latency I/O connection for enabling up to an 80 percent reduction in network latency. Also, with z/OS 2.1, IBM delivers not only performance and scale but simplified management with z/OSMF. There is also a new 2:1 ratio for zIIP and zAAP special purpose engines for improved workload economics. And with z/VM 6.3, clients can now consolidate up to 520 virtual servers in a single footprint with the increase in real memory and the new HiperDispatch function.

In the areas of solutions and software IBM is providing new solutions in the areas of analytics and fraud for banking and tax using the new software updates in analytic software such as Cognos, SPSS, and DB2. New Cloud and mobile solutions include updates for better integration and security in Tivoli, CICS and DB2.

IBM continues to build on its full range of analytics, Cloud, mobile, and security capabilities in zEnterprise with new software. For analytics the new IBM zEnterprise Analytics System 9710 now includes zBC12 and DB2 10 for z/OS VUE providing a foundation to deliver a cost-effective analytics deployment.

For Cloud, IBM enhanced the IBM OMEGAMON for z/OS family to detect performance problems in the Cloud and minimize impact to the business and increase analytics visibility.

IBM continues to help clients bridge the gap between mobile devices and enterprise data and services with native JSON support and conversion between JSON and data structures with the new CICS Transaction Server Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions V1.0 and DB2 11 for z/OS (ESP).

The new z/VM (v6.3) operating system builds on top of Live Guest Relocation and now supports up to one terabyte of real memory, enabling support for more virtual servers than any other platform in a single footprint. It leverages HiperDispatch technology for improved system performance, and is enabled for OpenStack for advanced enterprise-wide service management.

The new z/OS 2.1 operating system enables the latest zEnterprise hardware features (zEDC and SMC-R), includes many performance and scalability enhancements for data serving workloads, and a new capability, "Crypto as a Service" enables Linux on System z applications to use z/OS services to encrypt data - providing more secure encryption. Additionally, enhancements to z/OS Management Facility improves start up times and provides services for automating workflow, further reducing costs.

IBM Global Financing can help credit-qualified clients acquire the new zBC12 for as low as USD $1,965 per month. IBM financing offerings can help clients lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and accelerate ROI to keep pace with innovation and grow their businesses.
Source: IBM

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-07-30

Special

When it comes to memory, bioinformatics is a hungry wolf ...

The Cloud

IBM boosts zEnterprise mainframe portfolio to help clients build better customer experiences ...

CA releases mainframe performance enhancement innovations ...

Desktop Grids

Supercomputer created on the cheap ...

Want to help cure disease or discover new stars? Now you can, using your smartphone ...

Miron Livny earns distributed computing award ...

New app puts idle smartphones to work for science ...

EuroFlash

Customer validation achieved for Genalice map ...

e-IRG's White Paper 2013 published: Europe needs a e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Barco and projectiondesign deliver next-generation projection innovation for theme parks at EAS 2013 ...

Cray awarded $30 million contract to install a Cray XC30 supercomputer for the UK National Supercomputing Facility ...

PRACE launches pilot of high performance computing adoption programme for European SMEs ...

Iberdrola and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center develop the Sedar project ...

HOST project to organize workshop for scientific problems ...

Teenagers use supercomputing to design future aircraft with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

First Mira runs break new ground with turbulence simulations ...

NVIDIA pushes further into high performance computing with Portland Group acquisition ...

Parallella is shipped to early Kickstarter backers ...

OpenMP 4.0 API specification is released with significant new standard features ...

Studies suggest new key to switching off hypertension ...

Planned Systems International marks 25 years of excellence in technology and service ...

OSC OnDemand gives computational researchers innovative web interface to HPC systems ...

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a Big Data approach to personalized health care ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades its Powerwall Theater with Christie visualization projection system ...

HP and NEC expand enterprise computing alliance to deliver increased reliability and innovation to customers ...

MoSQuIT bags mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 ...

Intel aims to re-architect data centres to meet demand for new services ...