IBM z BladeCenter Extension

The zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) is the new infrastructure for extending System z governance and management capabilities across a set of integrated, fit-for-purpose POWER7 and
IBM System x® compute elements in the zEnterprise System.

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Single management view of zEnterprise resources.


The IBM z BladeCenter Extension (zBX) is the infrastructure for extending z Systems governance and management capabilities across a set of integrated, fit-for-purpose POWER7® and IBM System x compute elements in the z Systems.

With the new zBX Model 004 the direct management connection with a z Systems server has been eliminated. There are two 1u Support Elements installed in the zBX that will connect to the ensemble Hardware Management Console (HMC). There will not be a INMN (inter-node management network) connection required. The zBX will still access data via the IEDN (inter-ensemble data network) and the IEDN can only be attached to one server. The zBX can house the IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise (DataPower XI50z), and select IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express blades or IBM BladeCenter HX5 (7873) blades.

The DataPower XI50z is a multifunctional appliance. It can be implemented to provide XML and non-XML message hardware acceleration. It is able to streamline and secure valuable service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications. Or, it can be configured to provide drop-in integration for heterogeneous environments by enabling core Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) functionality including routing, bridging, transformation and event handling.

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IBM provides world-class IBM mainframe technology to help today's enterprises respond quickly to evolving business conditions and with extreme flexibility. From automation to advanced virtualisation technologies and open industry standards, IBM mainframes help deliver competitive advantages for enterprises contributing and succeeding on a smarter planet

Operating Systems

IBM System z servers are supported by a multitude of operating systems, such as z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF, Linux on System z and the z/VM hypervisor.


IBM's technology, solutions and industry expertise can help you find the competitive edge with a sharper understanding of your customers. Our System z solutions combine the foundation of IBM hardware, software and middleware with flexible financing and packaging options to help your business meet and overcome the challenges of doing business in the on demand world. IBM can help you develop a customer-centric view—and assist you in delivering the right solution and the right products.

The new zEnterprise

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

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    zEnterprise EC12

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