IBM zEnterprise EC12

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New system and solution offerings for cloud, analytics, mobile and security.

The demand for smarter solutions that leverage large volumes of data is pushing enterprises to deliver higher service levels with 24x7 availability, security, and scale, especially as they invest in new service delivery models like cloud. The new IBM zEnterprise® EC12 has up to 50% more total system capacity, new innovations like IBM zAware, security hardened into its architecture, and continued support for a hybrid infrastructure, while maintaining core workload strategies of data serving and transaction processing.


New technologies for cloud, big data, analytics, mobile devices and social media are redefining the way that businesses will be operating on and IT must be transformed to support these technologies. The shift can offer the opportunity to assess and improve the business model and interaction with the customers, partners and employees. To capitalize on this opportunity, organizations must be able to tap into their data and energize applications without going over budget and all the while keeping everything protected and secure.

The IBM® zEnterprise® System delivers unique value and industry leading capabilities allowing you to maximize the business value of your unique information. Make informed and optimized decisions, exploit cloud delivery models to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and complexity with Infrastructure as a Service, and use the built in z Systems security at every level to improve customer trust and confidence and know your IT infrastructure is secure. The IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) and the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension (zBX) Model 003 offer a proven hybrid computing design that supports mainframe and the distributed technologies of IBM POWER7® and IBM System x® blades. IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager) can manage and integrate workloads on the multiple architectures with the simplicity of a single system.

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Infrastructure matters. Businesses turn to the IBM mainframe for unmatched security, operational efficiency, speed, seamless scale, and lower cost per transaction. The IBM z System, the world’s premier data and transaction engine, is enabled for mobile, integrates transactions and analytics, and delivers efficient and trusted clouds.


IBM z Systems combine leading-edge innovation and unparalleled capabilities to power cloud, business analytics, mobile applications, and the most important workloads.

Operating Systems

IBM z Systems supports multiple operation systems:

Through its hybrid computing capability, IBM z Systems with IBM z BladeCenter® Extension (zBX) also supports IBM® AIX® on Power, Microsoft Windows® and Linux® on System x®

zEC12: Optimized, smart and secure

  • Jeff Frey, IBM Fellow and CTO for z Systems, discusses the performance and technical benefits of the IBM zEnterprise EC12.

zEC12 analyst papers

Clabby Analytics: "The IBM zEnterprise EC12: A Technology/Strategy Review" (PDF, 403KB)

Industry analyst Joe Clabby looks at the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 from the perspectives of technology, strategy and pricing.

ITIC: IBM zEnterprise EC12 Servers Deliver Near-Flawless Reliability, Security (PDF, 251KB)

ITIC reports that the zEC12 provides clients with the processing power, performance and near-flawless reliability and security necessary for the most demanding workloads.

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More zEC12 analyst papers

IDC: "IBM zAware uses Predictive Analytics and Big Data technology to manage z/OS Workloads" (PDF, 124KB)
This report by IDC discusses IBM zAware, a key feature of the zEnterprise EC12 that analyzes internal system messages to identify unusual system behavior.

Independent Assessment: zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX): the Case for Adopting Hybrid Computing (PDF, 517KB)
This paper by Independent Assessment analyst Alan Radding describes the process and benefits of hybrid computing with IBM zEnterprise and zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX).

MacFarland Consulting: "What the IBM zEnterprise EC12 Brings to Business Operations" (PDF, 594KB)
This MacFarland Consulting report examines how the new capabilities of the zEC12 support large enterprise business operations.

Ptak, Noel & Associates, "IBM’s Latest Mainframe, Another Winner" (PDF, 221KB)
This report on the zEnterprise EC12 by IT analyst firm Ptak, Noel & Associates asserts that IBM’s latest z Systems model clearly demonstrates the mainframe is very much alive and kicking.

Pund-IT Research: "IBM’s zEC12 as a Foundation for Smart, Enterprise-Class Computing" (PDF, 283KB)
This Pund-IT research paper looks into zEC12's advances in performance, scalability, security, cloud and hybrid computing that make an ideal platform for enterprise computing.

Robert Frances Group: zEnterprise Update (PDF, 210KB)
This report by Robert Frances Group asserts that the new zEC12 is another proof point that IBM mainframes are highly viable offerings, capable of meeting the critical business needs of both today and tomorrow.

The Clipper Group: "The zEnterprise Hybrid Model — Where Goest Thou?" (PDF, 840KB)
This paper by Clipper Group looks at how the zEnterprise EC12 extends zEnterprise's hybrid capabilities.

The Clipper Group: The IBM zEnterprise EC12 — Bigger, Better, Faster (PDF, 1MB)
The Clipper Group looks at how the IBM zEC12 brings new capabilities for new workloads and continues the evolution of the zEnterprise hybrid computing system.