IBM has introduced its eServer zSeries 800, a new lower-priced, entry-class mainframe that that it will use to protect its mainframe business from attack by the likes of Sun Microsystems Inc, Compaq Computer Corp and Hewlett-Packard Co.
With the introduction of the z800, IBM aims to bring the performance and reliability of its zSeries technology to customers who are looking to move up to a mainframe. In addition, for the first time, IBM has delivered its advanced Parallel Sysplex clustering technology to entry-class mainframe customers.
With the introduction of the z800, the mainframe moves beyond the traditional data center to provide smaller customers superior total cost of ownership, rapid return on investment and time-tested mainframe technology, said Rich Lechner, vice president, sales & marketing for zSeries. Now, big iron isn’t just for big companies anymore.
IBM also introduced z/OS.e — a specially priced offering of the zSeries 64-bit operating system, designed specifically for new e-business workloads on the z800 including WebSphere, DB2, Java JDK and MQSeries. Increasingly, mainframe customers are adding new Web-based applications to their existing IT infrastructure to save on energy, floor space and management expenses.
The new system is available in eight general purpose models as well as the first-of-its-kind Linux-only mainframe announced in January.