|zEnterprise® EC12 (2827)|
|Processor Core Types: CP/IFL/ICF/zAAP*/zIIP*|
|H20||1 / 0† / 0 / 0 / 0||20 / 20 / 20 / 10 / 10|
|H43||1 / 0† / 0 / 0 / 0||43 / 43 / 43 / 21 / 21|
|H66||1 / 0† / 0 / 0 / 0||66 / 66 / 66 / 33 / 33|
|H89||1 / 0† / 0 / 0 / 0||89 / 89 / 89 / 44 / 44|
|HA1||1 / 0† / 0 / 0 / 0||101 / 101 / 101 / 50 / 50|
|12x InfiniBand maximum||32 ports§|
|12x InfiniBand maximum||32 ports§|
|1x InfiniBand maximum||64 ports§|
|FICON Express8S / FICON Express8 / FICON Express4 / OSA-Express5S / OSA-Express4S / OSA-Express3||Minimum: 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0||Maximum: 320 / 176 / 176 / 96 / 96 / 96|
|Flash Express||8 (4 pairs – 8 PCIe adapters); offered in pairs|
|HiperSockets™||Up to 32 high-speed “virtual” Local Area Networks|
|Crypto Express4S||Minimum order 2 features; Max is 16 features|
|Crypto Express3||Minimum order 2 features; Max is 8 features|
|zEDC Express||8 – minimum recommended is 2|
|RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)|
|10GbE RoCE Express||16 – minimum recommended is 2 per LPAR|
|H20||32 GB||704** GB|
|H43||32 GB||1392 GB|
|H66||32 GB||2272 GB|
|H89||32 GB||3040 GB|
|HA1||32 GB||3040 GB|
|Upgradeable within the zEC12 family|
|Upgrading to the HA1 from other zEC12 models will require a planned outage|
|Upgradeable from IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12) to zEC12 H20, IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196) and IBM System z10® Enterprise Class|
|Supported Operating Systems|
z/OS V1.12, V1.13 or higher
z/OS V1.11, V1.10 Lifecycle Extension
|z/VM||VM V5.4, 6.1, 6.2 with PTFs, and subsequent releases.
z/VM V6.1, 6.2 and subsequent releases for zBX support
|Linux on System z||Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and subsequent releases, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 and SLES 10 (SP4)|
|z/VSE||z/VSE V4.3 and subsequent releases
z/VSE V5.1 (with PTFs) will exploit Crypto Express4S with existing z/VSE cryptographic functionality
|AIX (on POWER7 blade located in IBM BladeCenter Extension Mod 003)||AIX 5.3, AIX 6.1 and AIX 7.1 and subsequent releases and PowerVM® Enterprise Edition|
|Linux on System x (on IBM BladeCenter HX5 blade installed in zBX Mod 003)||Red Hat RHEL 5.5 and up, 6.0 and up and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 (SP4) and up, SLES 11 SP1 and up – 64 bit only|
|Microsoft Windows (on IBM BladeCenter HX5 blades installed in ZBX Mod 003)††||Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (SP2) (Data centre Edition recommended) – 64 bit only|
|IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 003|
|WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise||Minimum: 0||Maximum: 28‡‡|
|IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express blade||Minimum: 0||Maximum: 112‡‡|
|IBM BladeCenter HX5 blade||Minimum: 0||Maximum: 56‡‡|
|IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express blades installed in zBX Model 03||PowerVM Enterprise Edition VIOS 2.2.|
|IBM BladeCenter HX5 (7873) blades installed in zBX Model 03||KVM Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation Hypervisor (RHEV-H) 6.4|
* If ordering a zAAP or a zIIP, one or more general purpose processor (CP) per the specialty engine is required. One CP can satisfy the requirement for either or both of the specialty engines.
† No IFL is required unless ordering an IFL only server—model capacity identifier 400. If you order a 400 no CP is orderable.
‡ ISC-3 Peer mode only
§ Assuming feature HCA3-O. Maximum of 32 1x IFB ports on M15; Maximum of 16 12x IFB ports on M15
** Provides the minimum physical memory required to hold base purchase memory plus 32 GB HSA
†† All supported releases of Windows may not be available from Microsoft but continue to be available from IBM and other resellers.
‡‡ The blades for BladeCenter PS701 Express blade, BladeCenter HX5 blade and DataPower XI50z can be shared in the same BladeCenter chassis—note that DataPower XI50z blades are “doublewide” and use two slots. Total zBX capacity cannot exceed 112 total blades.
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Technical advantages of the IBM zEnterprise EC12
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zEnterprise EC12 walk-through demo
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zEC12 analyst papers
Industry analyst Joe Clabby looks at the new IBM zEnterprise EC12 from the perspectives of technology, strategy and pricing.
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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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 analyses 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.