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IBM zEnterprise EC12

Efficiency at scale. Operational analytics.
Ultimate security.

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On a Smarter Planet, information-centric processes are exploding in growth. To handle vast volumes of data, you need a fast, secure, and available IT infrastructure that will help you:

IBM zEnterprise® EC12:

The secure cloud for data, enabling enterprises to improve service to their customers
The mainframe has always been the IT industry's leading platform for transaction processing; consolidated, secure data serving; and support for enterprise-wide applications. With the zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12), IBM extends the mainframe platform to help large enterprises reshape their customer experiences through information-centric computing.

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zEnterprise benefits

Learn more about the value IBM zEnterprise EC12 offers your business

The announcement of the IBM zEnterprise EC12 and related offerings is designed to help you meet the demands of information-centric IT with three key capabilities: efficiency at scale, operational analytics and ultimate security.

Efficiency at scale

With 50 percent more total capacity than its predecessor, you can consolidate thousands of distributed systems onto a single zEnterprise EC12 and dramatically improve cloud performance.

Benefits: reduce floor space, energy and software costs and increase the efficiency of IT staff.

Operational analytics

IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator (IDAA) running analytics on a z Systems platform offers up to 2000x faster query response times. Using integrated analytics and the new, advanced self-learning capabilities of IBM zAware, you can easily detect anomalies to prevent outages.

Benefits: Get real-time insights and make fact-based decisions to predict outcomes and reduce risks. Ensure continuous availability and higher service levels by reducing problem determination time and costly outages.

Ultimate security

With high-speed cryptography integrated on tamper resistant hardware, you can protect critical data and conduct business with the highest level of integrity and trust.

Benefits: Protect sensitive data at rest or in flight and reduce the risk of breaches, a critical capability in the age of internet and mobile transactions.

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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 z Systems supports multiple operation systems:


IBM's technology, solutions and industry expertise can help you find the competitive edge with a sharper understanding of your customers. Our z Systems 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.

  • New IBM Software for zEC12

    Explore over 30 new and enhanced zEnterprise software products

  • Industry solutions for zEnterprise

    Enterprise-scale solutions for healthcare, insurance, banking and government.

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.

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More zEC12 analyst papers

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 z Systems model clearly demonstrates the mainframe is very much alive and kicking.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.