IBM Boosts zEnterprise Mainframe Portfolio to Help Clients Build Better Customer Experiences

IBM Boosts zEnterprise Mainframe Portfolio to Help Clients Build Better Customer Experiences

Building on decades of technology leadership in enterprise computing, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today 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 organizations of all sizes. 1

With this news, 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," said 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."

Introducing IBM zBC12
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. 2

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. 3

Enterprise Linux Server for First-Time zEnterprise Clients
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 on-ramp 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," said 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."