The zBX is the new infrastructure for extending System z qualities of service (QoS) and management capabilities across a set of integrated, fit-for-purpose POWER7 and IBM System x compute elements in the zEnterprise System. The zBX Model 002 is configured with a zEnterprise CPC – either the z196 or z114 – through a secure high-performance private network. The zBX houses high-performance specialty processors for specific workloads, such as the V1.1 (5697-AQT) or WebSphere DataPower XI50z, select IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express blades or IBM BladeCenter HX5 blades, and IBM SAO for DB2 for z/OS v1.1.
The zBX is designed with integrated IBM certified components, tested and packaged together by IBM. To improve availability, hardware redundancy is built into the zBX at various levels – the power infrastructure, rack mounted network switches, power and switch units in the BladeCenter chasses and redundant cabling for support and data connections to the zEnterprise CPC (z196 or z114).
Support for the zBX is with System z hardware maintenance services (around-the-clock with System z Support Specialist Representative) and the System z maintenance strategy is extended to DataPower XI50z, the IBM SAO for DB2 for z/OS v1.1 and the installed blades. And the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager will facilitate the ability of the zBX, including the blades and optimisers, to have automated call home for hardware/firmware problems, concurrent hardware repair, concurrent firmware fixes and driver upgrade.