The new zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server has been defined as the most powerful and technologically advanced version introduced by IBM. Big Blue (IBM’s nickname) unveiled the new enterprise system on August 28, 2012. David Balog, IBM’s General Manager of System Z, told eWEEK, that the new mainframe version demonstrated the features to meet the ongoing demands of a secure and manageable mainframe system. The new mainframe system has 50% more capacity and 25% more performance than the predecessors.
The mainframe is responsible for supporting significant portions of the data environment. Any large enterprise grapples with the well-documented growth of data. They look for methods wherein they can gain secured insight from the crucial information like the customer, financial and enterprise resource data that would facilitate in providing new services. Offering robust security, the new zEC12 provides support to operational analytics. This enables the customer to sift through the large volumes of data that is transformed into valuable business knowledge that can be utilized to provide a competitive advantage. A customer managing the online transactions on zEC12 can gain insight from data that also facilitates in providing enhanced user experience.
One of the most secure enterprise systems, the built in security components are devised to meet the security and compliance requirements of different industrial sectors. Customers using the zEC12 for a variety of workloads leverage even the world’s fastest chip running at 5.5 GHz. The security remains paramount.
The System z of IBM is primary secure data serving. Achieving the Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 5+ security classification, the system enables the enterprise to operate various applications containing confidential data on a single mainframe. The new zEC12 scales on this factor.
The new mainframe is inclusive of tamper-resistant cryptographic co-processor named Crypto Express4S. The co-processor includes hardware and software components that meet the requirements of different industries. IBM said that the zEC12 could be configured to support high quality digital signatures, national ID cards, replacing the handwritten signatures etc. Advancing the performance for analytics, the zEC12 augments performance of analytical workloads by 30%. With support for the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator, which incorporates the Netezza data warehouse appliance into the zEC12 enabling the clients to operate complex business analytics and other operational analytics.
The new mainframe analyzes the internal system messages to provide real-time view of the present condition including potential problems. The technology is called IBM zAware that recognizes pattern and pinpoints deviations from the messages. The IBM STG Lab offers services that aids in planning, configuring, and implementing the IBM zAware.
The users consolidating the distributed systems on to Linux on zEC12 lowers IT operations costs, saves energy, space, and software licensing. The single zEC12 platform can encompass the entire capacity of the entire multi-platform data center.
Another component of the new zEC12 is that it is the first mainframe by IBM that includes internal solid-state technology with Flash Express. A new memory technology, it helps in improving the performance of the data intensive application workloads. It offers improved availability when there are bursts of activity like during holiday period when the transactions are heavy.
The new IBM mainframe can choose to operate without the raised datacenter floor. The new overhead and cabling support enables the client to have more flexibility when the zEC12 is deployed. It is also the first such high-end mainframes that include the transactional memory technology. This technology was adapted to facilitate improved support of synchronized operations.
Continuing to drive innovation in the System z, Balog said that the end-to-end design would enable a better approach for smarter computing. It targets to handle complicated business challenges associated with the management, protection, and analysis of the client’s critical information. This is what makes the zEC12 the ultimate Enterprise Software Application. In 2010, IBM introduced hybrid computing with the launch of IBM zEnterprise System and IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX). The customers using these zEnterprise Unified Resource Management, diverse resources could be managed through a single, virtualized system.
Now, IBM has launched the zBX Model 003 that enabled a customer to operate integrated and dynamic workloads. It comes with simplified operational controls that come with an integrated, high performance, private and secure networks. The zBX Model 003 operates with zEC12. Reports stated that by the end of second quarter of 2012, IBM had already shipped more than 140zBX units that enabled the client to take advantage of the management and reduce the complexity of hybrid computing.
IBM has also declared new services and financing for its mainframe customers. Proclaiming new implementation services for the Linux based clouds on the mainframe, IBM facilitated in providing the clients with business processes, skills, tools and best practices that would assist in building private clouds more rapidly enabling faster and accurate implementation.
IBM offered new enhanced setup and migration services that would help the current mainframe clients look forward to upgrade to zEC12. Helping the customers to evolve and grow in their zEnterprise investments the IBM Global Financing (IGF) promoted greater flexibility, and thereby lowering the total costs of ownership and predictability of payments.
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