IBM zEnterprise System

Overview

On a Smarter Planet, information-centric processes are exploding in growth. In order to excel in today’s competitive environment, businesses need to support these processes, and efficiently manage the massive volumes of data they drive, with minimal risk. The mainframe has always been the IT industry's leading platform for transaction processing, consolidated and secure data serving, and for supporting enterprise-wide applications.

With the IBM zEnterprise® System, IBM extends the mainframe platform to help large enterprises reshape the IT experience for their customers. Enterprises can also drive intelligent insights, in near real time, to improve business performance and reduce risk. Use of the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) allows integration of IBM POWER7 and System x blades.

The zEnterprise continues the mainframe tradition of providing the most trusted and resilient platform for large businesses. The extreme scalability of zEnterprise can offer significant cost savings on core business processes. Freed resources can be used to focus on developing new services to drive growth. With the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, organisations can leverage dynamic and intelligent resource management to simplify operations.

A recent study by Rubin Worldwide1 confirms that mainframe "heavy" organisations grow more efficiently in supporting business computational demands than distributed server "heavy" organisations, demonstrating 39% more upward scalability in that they could support revenue growth with 61% less investment than those that were distributed server "intense".


zEnterprise BC12

Models H06, H13
Specialty Engines Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), System z® Application Assist Processor (zAAP), System z Integrated Information Process (zIIP)
Security PKCS #11 and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Digital Signatures, DES, AES, SHA-512, PRNG, Tamper-resistant configurable Crypto Express4S, Designed for PR/SM EAL5+ certification
I/O Maximums 128 FICON Express8S / 96 OSA-Express5S 1GbE & 1000BASE-T/ 48 OSA-Express5S 10GbE / 32 HiperSockets / 4 pairs Flash Express / 16 10GbE RoCE Express / 8 zEDC Express
Memory 16 GB min/496 GB max
Operating Systems Supported z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE, z/TPF, Linux on System z, and with IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension Model 003: AIX on POWER7, Linux on System x, Microsoft Windows on IBM System x

zEnterprise EC12

The zEnterprise® EC12 delivers new levels of performance and capacity for large scale consolidation and growth, support for next generation of digital signature security support, cutting edge pattern recognition analytics for smart monitoring of system health, new non raised floor option, and proven hybrid computing design for mainframe and distributed workloads.

Machine Type 2827
Models H20, H43, H66, H89, HA1
Specialty Engines Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), System z® Application Assist Processor (zAAP), System z Integrated Information Process (zIIP)
Security PKCS #11 and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Digital Signatures, DES, AES, SHA-512, PRNG, Tamper-resistant configurable Crypto Express4S, PR/SM EAL5+ certification
I/O Maximums 320 FICON® Express8S / 96 OSA-Express5S / 32 HiperSockets™ / 4 pairs Flash Express / 16 10GbE RoCE Express / 8 zEDC Express
Memory 32 GB min/3 TB max
Operating Systems Supported z/OS®, z/VM®, z/VSE®, z/TPF, Linux on System z, AIX® on POWER7®, Linux on System x®, Microsoft Windows on IBM System x

zEnterprise 114

The zEnterprise™ 114 is IBM’s premier midrange “systems of systems” platform for integrated, centrally managed workload deployment designed, priced and right sized as an on ramp for any growing business looking to exploit mainframe technologies for IT efficiencies and competitive business advantage

Machine Type 2818
Models M05, M10
Specialty engines, blades and optimisers Integrated Facility for Linux® (IFL), System z® Application Assist Processor (zAAP), System z Integrated Information Process (zIIP), IBM BladeCenter® PS701 Express POWER7® blade, IBM BladeCenter HX5 blade, IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer for DB2 for z/OS V1.1, WebSphere® DataPower® Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise
Security Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Digital Signatures, DES, AES (192 and 256), SHA-512, PRNG, Tamper-resistant configurable Crypto Express3, PR/SM designed for EAL5
I/O Maximums Express2/32 32 HiperSockets240 ESCON®/128 FICON Express 8S/64 FICON® Express8/64 FICON Express4/48 OSA-Express4S/96 OSA-Express3/64 OSA
Memory 8 GB min/248 GB max
Operating Systems Supported z/OS®, z/VM®, z/VSE®, z/TPF, Linux on System z, AIX®, Linux on System x, Microsoft Windows on System x

zEnterprise 196

The zEnterprise™ 196 is the world’s fastest and most scalable enterprise platform, designed to reduce the cost, complexity and inefficiency of today’s multiarchitecture data centres.

Machine Type 2817
Models M15, M32, M49, M66 and M80
Specialty engines, blades and optimisers Integrated Facility for Linux® (IFL), System z® Application Assist Processor (zAAP), System z Integrated Information Process (zIIP), IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express POWER7® blade, IBM BladeCenter HX5 blade, IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer for DB2 for z/OS, V1.1, WebSphere® DataPower® Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise, and IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, v2.1
Security Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) Digital Signatures, DES, AES (192 and 256), SHA-512, PRNG, Tamper-resistant configurable Crypto Express3, PR/SM EAL5 certified
I/O Maximums 240 ESCON® / 320 FICON® Express8S / 96 OSA-Express4 / 32 HiperSockets™
Memory 32 GB min/3 TB max
Operating Systems Supported z/OS®, z/VM®, z/VSE®, z/TPF, Linux on System z, AIX®, Linux on System x, Microsoft Windows on System x

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Hardware

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.

Solutions

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.

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.


Hardware

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.

Solutions

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.

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.




zEnterprise EC12 walk-through demo

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zEnterprise analyst papers


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 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.

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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 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.