New z10 Mainframe Unveiled

Arthur Cole

"Less is more may" be an apt description of the new z10 mainframe introduced by IBM earlier this week.


The system has a smaller footprint than an equivalent number of server racks and uses less power, but by virtue of its 64-processor quad-core design churns out more data at a faster rate.


The company pegs the performance of the z10 as equal to 1,500 x86 servers and claims that it could support a grid of a hundred million or more. It also has the ability to consolidate software licenses at a 30-to-1 ratio.


The z10 supports the z/OS, as well as Linux and possibly OpenSolaris if current talks with Sun pan out.


The z10 launch coincided with the release of new System z versions of the Tivoli Server Management Center and the Cognos 8 Business Intelligence suite.

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