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

Bangalore, India - 23 Jul 2013: 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 the most secure and technologically advanced enterprise server attractive to organizations of all sizes.

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. Using these innovations, banks can deliver new mobile banking services, insurance companies can prevent payment of fraudulent claims, and government agencies can 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 Sreenath Chary, Country Leader –System z, IBM India South Asia, “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 unprecedented levels of performance, flexibility and scale. It boasts a faster processor at 4.2 GHz and two times the available memory over its predecessor, the z114; 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. 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.

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 onramp for analytics and cloud computing.

New innovations for the latest zBC12 and zEC12
New hardware functions provide CPU and storage savings by compressing data on the server.  There is also a new high speed, low latency I/O connection for enabling up to an 80 percent reduction in network latency.  With z/OS 2.1, IBM delivers not only performance and scale but simplified management with z/OSMF. There is also a new 2:1 ratio for zIIP and zAAP special purpose engines for improved workload economics. And with z/VM 6.3, clients can now consolidate up to 520 virtual servers in a single footprint with the increase in real memory and the new HiperDispatch function.

In the areas of solutions and software IBM is providing new solutions in the areas of analytics and fraud for banking and tax using the new software updates in analytic software such as Cognos, SPSS, and DB2. New cloud and mobile solutions include updates for better integration and security in Tivoli, CICs and DB2. 

IBM Global Financing can help credit-qualified clients acquire the new zBC12 for as low as USD $1,965 per month. IBM financing offerings can help clients lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and accelerate ROI to keep pace with innovation and grow their businesses. 

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