IBM zEnterprise z196

The zEnterprise System is a revolutionary combination of mainframe and distributed computing designed in one system. The zEnterprise™ 196 — one of the industries fastest and most scalable enterprise systems — combined with the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX), and the unique zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, brings integration of governance to manage risk across the infrastructure, integration that will help accelerate insight for the business, integration of processes to increase business agility, and integration of people to enable new business innovation.


Infrastructure to support blades for the zEnterprise.

Unified Resource Manager

Provides a single management view of zEnterprise resources.


The zEnterprise 196 (z196) is a workload optimised system, that can scale up (over 52,000 MIPS in a single footprint), scale out (80 configurable cores) and scale within (specialty engines, cryptographic processors, hypervisors) executing in an environmentally friendly footprint. And the z196 is designed to work together with system software, middleware and storage to be the most robust and cost effective data server. The z196 offers an industry standard PCIe I/O drawer for FICON and OSA-Express multimode and single mode fiber optic environments for increased capacity, infrastructure bandwidth, and reliability.

The z196 offers a total of 96 cores running at an astonishing 5.2 GHz, and delivering up to 40 percent improvement in performance per core and up to 60 percent increase in total capacity for z/OS®, z/VM®, and Linux on z Systems® workloads compared to its predecessor, the z10™ EC. The z196 has up to 80 configurable cores for client use. The cores can be configured as general purpose processors (CPs), Integrated Facilities for Linux (IFLs), z Systems Application Assist Processors (zAAPs), z Systems Integrated Information Processors (zIIPs), additional System Assist Processors  (SAPs), Internal Coupling Facilities (ICFs) or used as additional spares.

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