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New zEnterprise offerings

Delivering business value through new solutions, key technologies and continued innovation


New zEnterprise offerings

Delivering business value through new solutions, key technologies and continued innovation

The new zEnterprise

The secure cloud for data, enabling enterprises to improve service to their customers


The new zEnterprise

The secure cloud for data, enabling enterprises to improve service to their customers

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Enterprise systems skills for a Smarter Planet

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Why System z

System z creates an optimized infrastructure, integrates operational data with analytics, and enables cloud delivery, generating ongoing savings and value. System z advantages.

System z enterprise solutions. Meet your IT challenges with workload-based offerings and industry solutions. System z enterprise solutions.

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Jeff Frey, IBM Fellow & CTO, discusses the performance and technical benefits of the zEC12.

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February 13 webcast: IBM leaders discuss new zEnterprise software and solutions.

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The community speaks

"The new IBM zEnterprise EC12 showcases all of the major System z differentiators: powerful processing; advanced reliability, availability and serviceability; enhanced security; efficiency at scale; and most important, the ability to optimally run and manage a wide range of workloads across System z and heterogeneous environments."

- Joe Clabby, President, Clabby Analytics

"Enterprises of all sizes need to take a close look at how the z114 might help lower their total cost of computing while increasing their qualities of service delivery."

- Mike Kahn, Managing Director, The Clipper Group

"(IBM zEnterprise 114) this 26 to 3,100 MIPS box will be just what the doctor ordered for HP and Oracle-Sun server customers who have been left in the lurch."

- Joe Clabby, President, Clabby Analytics

"Our two mainframes host 100 virtual servers, replacing at least 50 under-utilised x86 machines....this ultimately means that we're making better use of taxpayer money."

- Tim Simpson, IT Support Manager, Dundee City Council

"The new z114...has loads of capacity; it offers the highest quality-of-service level in the industry; and it has the ability to efficiently handle workloads now found on Itanium and SPARC servers...we believe IT executives considering migrating away from Oracle’s SPARC- and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Itanium-based servers should look very closely at IBM’s new z114!"

- Joe Clabby, Clabby Analytics

"Today’s announcement by IBM of the zEnterprise 114 as its entry-level offering reinforces, broadens, and expands upon the announcement of the zEnterprise System last July (with all the razzle-dazzle and fanfare it deserved for its revolutionary aspects of hybrid computing)."

- Steve Bartlett, The Clipper Group

"With the z114, IBM can now deliver a more compelling total cost of acquisition (TCA) case, giving midrange enterprises another option as they consolidate, virtualize, and migrate their sprawling server farms. This will be particularly interesting to shops running HP Itanium or Oracle/Sun servers."

- Alan Radding, Independent Assessment

“Using Linux and the IBM z/VM® operating system on IBM System z, the city created a customized cloud environment which provides a scalable and secure self-service platform on which employees can develop open source applications. The cloud architecture also empowered the general public to create and deploy citizen-centric applications.”

- Gordon Bruce, CIO of Honolulu’s Department of Information Technology

“We deployed our production business analytics environment on System z within 11 days, providing us with an efficient platform that ensures the flexibility, availability and reliability that our users demand. Creating a new Cognos server used to take months, and now it takes just hours”

- Adrienne DiPrima, Manager, Strategic Technologies Support. Miami Dade

"We use the numerous zEnterprise security components to help reduce our overall risk. For example, Encryption on zEnterprise is critical to our company success to allow us to protect customer privacy data while it is stored on our mainframe and while it is exchanged with other parties for processing."

- Todd Handel, Director, IT Strategy and Architecture, SC Data Center, Colony Brands

"Once again, IBM has demonstrated why the mainframe is the ultimate platform for enterprise computing. The new IBM zEnterprise EC12 offers a well-balanced collection of improvements for existing mainframe customers and even more reasons for a new customer to consider System z for critical workloads."

- Mike Kahn, Managing Director, The Clipper Group

Willie Favero

Sr Certified IT Specialist, DB2 for z/OS


Willie Favero is currently a Senior Certified Consulting IT Software Specialist working with the Data Warehouse for System z Swat Team at IBM's Silicon Valley Lab. *


Getting the Most out of DB2 for z/OS and System z

This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to deploying workloads on DB2 for z/OS

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* Postings on non-IBM sites are independent of IBM and do not necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions.

Roland Seiffert

IBM System z-based Workload-optimized Solutions
IBM Systems Optimization Competency Center


Roland is the technical leader of the Böblingen, Germany division of a new IBM organization called the Systems Optimization Competency Center. He is focused on advancing the IBM System z business analytics strategy through optimized integration.

Recently, Roland was part of the zEnterprise core design team, acting as the architect for the hypervisor integration and management for zBX-integrated systems. He has also been lead architect for hybrid technologies for Linux on System z — with a focus on leveraging heterogeneous and host/optimizer structures in hybrid workloads. *


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* Postings on non-IBM sites are independent of IBM and do not necessarily represent IBM's positions, strategies or opinions.

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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.

Events and webcasts

  • Webcast: zEnterprise offerings
    IBM leaders discuss new zEnterprise software and solutions

  • The next generation zEnterprise (replay)

    Hear IBM leaders and experts discuss the next generation of zEnterprise

  • IBM Systems events

    Attend an upcoming IBM Systems or Smarter Computing event near you!

  • System z software events

    Attend an upcoming System z software event, telecon or webcast

  • System z #MainframeDebate

    Join a Q&A on Twitter with System z executives and experts!

  • Linux and the cloud

    Learn how you can handle today's ever-changing and increasing workloads with zEnterprise and Linux.

In the news

18 Dec 2012 German Manufacturer Reduces Energy Consumption by 80% with IBM Mainframe (US)
10 Oct 2012 The Mainframe Continues to Lure Wall Street. (link resides outside of
03 Oct 2012 Enterprise Systems & Data: Available, Accessible & Analytics-ready. (link resides outside of
03 Oct 2012 Enterprise Systems & Cloud: The Two Big Questions. (link resides outside of
03 Oct 2012 Enterprise Systems and Security: 60,000 Reasons to Care. (link resides outside of
16 Sep 2012 Why the Mainframe is Alive and Well in the Era of Cloud (link resides outside of
Sep 2012
The Economist: IBM's mainframes - Old dog, new tricks (link resides outside of
31 Aug 2012 Bloor Research: zEnterprise EC12 released (link resides outside of
30 Aug 2012 DancingDinosaur: zEnterprise EC12: the Next Hybrid Mainframe (link resides outside of
28 Aug 2012 IBM Mainframe Evolves to Serve the Digital World (link resides outside of

More zEC12 analyst papers

IBM Introduces zEnterprise EC12: New Platform for OLTP, Database, Analytics, and BI (PDF,194KB)
This report by IDC analyst Jean Bozman discusses new capabilities introduced with the IBM zEnterprise EC12, the importance of Linux, and IBM's commitment to bringing new clients and new workloads to System z.

IBM’s Mainframe: Still Going Strong After All These Years (PDF,282KB)
This report by Mesabi Group analyst David Hill discusses the continuing relevance of IBM zEnterprise and the value of the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS.

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 System z 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.