IBM Corp has decided to continue its dance of the seven veils with this week’s parallel blitz, bits of which it has been leaking out for weeks, so although the machines were previewed to the US press yesterday, most of the details will not be available before today. A crucial change is that although IBM […]
IBM Corp has decided to continue its dance of the seven veils with this week’s parallel blitz, bits of which it has been leaking out for weeks, so although the machines were previewed to the US press yesterday, most of the details will not be available before today. A crucial change is that although IBM is launching its first 10-way ES/9000, calling it the 9X2 since with its usual foresight, it has run out of proper numbers, it is scrapping the top two Model Group tiers for its software pricing, so 90 and 100 go, and Model Group 80 covers all the biggest machines. It is also introducing a usage-based pricing option for IMS, DB2, CICS and TSO so that charges will be based on actual usage of Service Units (another term for MIPS), each month. A usage monitor will measure MIPS consumed by the program in question over a month, and the user will then be charged at that rate for each of the next six months; if the user thinks usage has been changing, after six months, the measurement exercise can be repeated, or the original charge rate continued, at the user’s discretion; IBM reckons that this could save users 30% on software charges for the programs in question. These were to have included MVS, but IBM changed its mind. IBM is also talking about user-terminal-based charges for applications software, but it does not offer much of that. The parallel systems are the System 390 Parallel Query Server, which ships this month, and the Parallel Transaction Server, which ships in June. Both can run AIX Unix as well as MVS. The Parallel Query Server must be attached to an existing ES/9000 mainframe for complex database queries and will be available April 8 with DB2. DB2 will not be on the transaction server until 1995 – it will ship with IMS. The 9X2 ships in June, as do five new CMOS 9221s using the new microprocessor: two two-ways and three uniprocessors. The Severs will be available only as bundled systems and there are no list prices: configured systems will be bid with maintenance and tuning and other services. Sysplex has also been enhanced so that it can allocate jobs within a multiprocessor complex as well as between Sysplexed machines on the new CMOS models and on ES/9000 using the newer 511 CPU, as another alternative to PR/SM partitioning or VM Logical Partitioning.