The digital revolution demands a better server

Are you ready to meet all of the demands of the new digital era? To compete, you need an IT infrastructure that’s efficient, secure, adaptive, and integrated.

You need enterprise servers designed to:

  • Handle the explosive growth of increasingly mobile clients.
  • Leverage vast amounts of new data.
  • Provide deeper real-time insight.
  • Deliver a secure, resilient cloud-ready infrastructure.

Meet the z13: An enterprise server for today’s IT challenges

The IBM z13 mainframe system offers unprecedented capacity and processing power, speeds real-time insight to personalize customer experiences and protects sensitive transactions to minimize client exposure and business risk against cyber threats.

And the world’s most secure enterprise server is more affordable than ever. New economic efficiencies allow the z13 to deliver more value and handle more workloads – with less impact to your IT budget.

Proven benefits to help you outcompete

Run faster

Process over 30,000 transactions per second and 2.5 billion transactions per day — roughly 100 Cyber Mondays every day.

Be secure

Rely on the industry’s most secure enterprise server, record uptime and 99.999% availability. Many clients report no downtime in a decade.

Go mobile

Enable your enterprise mobile infrastructure in 50% less time and 40% lower cost than x86. And deliver mobile transactions with 36% faster response times.

Reduce cloud TCO

Lower your total cost of ownership by 32% over an x86 cloud and 60% over public cloud in 3 years.

Lower IT costs

Reduce your costs per consolidated workload by up to 55% and lower your software licensing costs by up to 75% over competitors.

Simplify management

Linux on an IBM z13 mainframe system can support up to 8000 virtual machines in a single footprint — ideal for large scale consolidations.

How has a new generation of z Systems enterprise mainframe servers transformed business and industries?

Highlights

z13 offers unique mainframe system capabilities unmatched by other enterprise servers:

  • Securely store vast amounts of information to harvest real-time through massive memory and innovative compression technologies, vector processing, and chip design.
  • Execute analytics up 17 times faster by analyzing your structured and unstructured data within in the system.
  • Next generation “network-in-a-box” technology supports Shared Memory Communications – Direct Memory Access.
  • Assist with compliance requirements and avoid reformatting of databases with new exploitation of VISA format preserving encryption (VFPE) for payment processing.
  • Speed transactions with 3 times more memory, 50-80% more bandwidth and vector processing.
  • Support up to 2.5 billion persistent, protected and auditable transactions a day.

Features and benefits

Feature Benefits
CPACF (CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions
Crypto Express5S
EAL5+ (Common Criteria Evaluation Assistance Level 5+)
ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography)
EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa)
FEC (Forward Error Correction)
FICON® Dynamic Routing
FICON® Express16S
Flash Express
HiperDispatch
HiperSockets™
IBM Dynamic Partition Manager
IBM zAware
IFL (Integrated Facility for Linux)
OSA-Express5S
Parallel Sysplex
RoCE Express
Shared Memory Communications – Direct Access Method (SMC – D)
Shared Memory Communications – Remote Direct Memory Access (SMC-R)
SAN Fabric Priority
Shared Memory Communications – Direct (SMC – D)
SIMD (single image multiple data)
SMT (simultaneous multi-threading)
TKE (Trusted Key Entry)
zEDC Express
z Appliance Container Infrastructure (zACI)
zIIP (z Integrated Information Processor)
Feature Benefits
CPACF (CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions
Crypto Express5S
EAL5+ (Common Criteria Evaluation Assistance Level 5+)
ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography)
EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa)
FEC (Forward Error Correction)
FICON® Dynamic Routing
FICON® Express16S
Flash Express
HiperDispatch
HiperSockets™
IBM Dynamic Partition Manager
IBM zAware
IFL (Integrated Facility for Linux)
OSA-Express5S
Parallel Sysplex
RoCE Express
Shared Memory Communications – Direct Access Method (SMC – D)
Shared Memory Communications – Remote Direct Memory Access (SMC-R)
SAN Fabric Priority
Shared Memory Communications – Direct (SMC – D)
SIMD (single image multiple data)
SMT (simultaneous multi-threading)
TKE (Trusted Key Entry)
zEDC Express
z Appliance Container Infrastructure (zACI)
zIIP (z Integrated Information Processor)

Specifications

Processor Core Types: CP / IFL / ICF / zIIP* / Standard SAP(s) / Additional SAP(s) / Spares
Model Minimum Maximum
N30 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 2 30 / 30 / 30 / 20 / 7 / 4 / 2
N63 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 2 63 / 63 / 63 / 42 / 14 / 8 / 2
N96 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21 / 0 / 2 96 / 96 / 96 / 64 / 21 / 12 / 2
NC9 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28 / 0 / 2 129 / 129 / 129 / 86 / 28 / 16 / 2
NE1 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28 / 0 / 2 141 / 141 / 141 / 94 / 28 / 16 / 2
Coupling Links
IC maximum 32
ICA SR maximum 40 ports
12x HCA3-O InfiniBand maximum 32 ports
1x HCA3-O LR InfiniBand maximum 64 ports
Channels
FICON Express16S / FICON Express8S / FICON Express8§ / OSA-Express5S / OSA-Express4S§ Maximum: 320 / 320 / 64 / 96 / 96
Flash Express 8 (4 pairs – 8 PCIe adapters); offered in pairs
HiperSockets™ Up to 32 high-speed “virtual” Local Area Networks
Cryptography
Crypto Express5S Minimum order 2 features; Maximum order 16 features
Compression Acceleration
zEDC Express 8 – minimum recommended is 2
RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)
10 GbE RoCE Express 16 – minimum recommended is 2
Processor Memory
Model Minimum Maximum
N30 64 GB 2.5 TB**
N63 64 GB 5.0 TB
N96 64 GB 7.5 TB
NC9 64 GB 10.0 TB
NE1 64 GB 10.0 TB
Processor Memory
Model Minimum Maximum
N30 64 GB 2.5 TB**
N63 64 GB 5.0 TB
N96 64 GB 7.5 TB
NC9 64 GB 10.0 TB
NE1 64 GB 10.0 TB
Upgradeability Upgradeable within the z13 family
Upgrading to the NE1 from other z13 models will require a planned outage
Upgradeable from IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise 196
Upgradeable from z13s N20 to z13 N30 air-cooled (radiator) only
Upgradeable from LinuxONE Emperor L30 (to N30, N63, N96, NC9 and NE1); from L63 (to N63, N96, NC9 and NE1); from L96 (to N96, NC9 and NE1); from LC9 (to NC9 and NE1); and from LE1 (to NE1)
Supported Operating Systems
z/OS z/OS V2.2
z/OS V2.1
z/OS V1.13
z/OS V1.12 (toleration) Available via IBM Software Support Services
z/VM z/VM 6.3
z/VM 6.2 (toleration)
KVM for IBM z Systems KVM for IBM z System 1.1 with following Linux guests:
Linux on z Systems For the supported Linux distributions, their minimum or recommended levels please see IBM Tested platforms page:
ibm.com /systems/z/os/linux/resources/testedplatforms.html
z/VSE® z/VSE 5.1 and subsequent releases
z/TPF z/TPF 1.1
AIX® on POWER7® blade located in zBX AIX 5.3 (TL 12+ and up), AIX 6.1 (TL 5+ and up) and AIX 7.1 and subsequent releases
Linux on System x® on HX5 blade located in zBX Model 004 Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5 and up, 6.0 and up, 7.0 and up and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 (SP4) and up, SLES 11 SP1 and up, SLES 12 and up – 64 bit only
Microsoft Windows on HX5 blade located in zBX Model 004 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (SP2), Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (Datacenter Edition recommended) – 64 bit only
Supported Hypervisors
KVM for IBM z Systems KVM for IBM z 1.1 with SUSE SLES SP1 guests
PS701 in zBX Model 004 PowerVM® Enterprise Edition – VIOS 2.2.3
HX5 in zBX Model 004 KVM – Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor (RHEV-H) 6.5
IBM z BladeCenter® Extension (zBX) Model 004
WebSphere DataPower® Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise Minimum: 0 Maximum: 28††
IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express POWER7 blade Minimum: 0 Maximum: 112††
IBM BladeCenter HX5 blade Minimum: 0 Maximum: 56††
Processor Core Types: CP / IFL / ICF / zIIP* / Standard SAP(s) / Additional SAP(s) / Spares
Model Minimum Maximum
N30 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 2 30 / 30 / 30 / 20 / 7 / 4 / 2
N63 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 2 63 / 63 / 63 / 42 / 14 / 8 / 2
N96 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21 / 0 / 2 96 / 96 / 96 / 64 / 21 / 12 / 2
NC9 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28 / 0 / 2 129 / 129 / 129 / 86 / 28 / 16 / 2
NE1 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28 / 0 / 2 141 / 141 / 141 / 94 / 28 / 16 / 2
Coupling Links
IC maximum 32
ICA SR maximum 40 ports
12x HCA3-O InfiniBand maximum 32 ports
1x HCA3-O LR InfiniBand maximum 64 ports
Channels
FICON Express16S / FICON Express8S / FICON Express8§ / OSA-Express5S / OSA-Express4S§ Maximum: 320 / 320 / 64 / 96 / 96
Flash Express 8 (4 pairs – 8 PCIe adapters); offered in pairs
HiperSockets™ Up to 32 high-speed “virtual” Local Area Networks
Cryptography
Crypto Express5S Minimum order 2 features; Maximum order 16 features
Compression Acceleration
zEDC Express 8 – minimum recommended is 2
RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)
10 GbE RoCE Express 16 – minimum recommended is 2
Processor Memory
Model Minimum Maximum
N30 64 GB 2.5 TB**
N63 64 GB 5.0 TB
N96 64 GB 7.5 TB
NC9 64 GB 10.0 TB
NE1 64 GB 10.0 TB
Processor Memory
Model Minimum Maximum
N30 64 GB 2.5 TB**
N63 64 GB 5.0 TB
N96 64 GB 7.5 TB
NC9 64 GB 10.0 TB
NE1 64 GB 10.0 TB
Upgradeability Upgradeable within the z13 family
Upgrading to the NE1 from other z13 models will require a planned outage
Upgradeable from IBM zEnterprise EC12 and IBM zEnterprise 196
Upgradeable from z13s N20 to z13 N30 air-cooled (radiator) only
Upgradeable from LinuxONE Emperor L30 (to N30, N63, N96, NC9 and NE1); from L63 (to N63, N96, NC9 and NE1); from L96 (to N96, NC9 and NE1); from LC9 (to NC9 and NE1); and from LE1 (to NE1)
Supported Operating Systems
z/OS z/OS V2.2
z/OS V2.1
z/OS V1.13
z/OS V1.12 (toleration) Available via IBM Software Support Services
z/VM z/VM 6.3
z/VM 6.2 (toleration)
KVM for IBM z Systems KVM for IBM z System 1.1 with following Linux guests:
Linux on z Systems For the supported Linux distributions, their minimum or recommended levels please see IBM Tested platforms page:
ibm.com /systems/z/os/linux/resources/testedplatforms.html
z/VSE® z/VSE 5.1 and subsequent releases
z/TPF z/TPF 1.1
AIX® on POWER7® blade located in zBX AIX 5.3 (TL 12+ and up), AIX 6.1 (TL 5+ and up) and AIX 7.1 and subsequent releases
Linux on System x® on HX5 blade located in zBX Model 004 Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5 and up, 6.0 and up, 7.0 and up and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 (SP4) and up, SLES 11 SP1 and up, SLES 12 and up – 64 bit only
Microsoft Windows on HX5 blade located in zBX Model 004 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (SP2), Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (Datacenter Edition recommended) – 64 bit only
Supported Hypervisors
KVM for IBM z Systems KVM for IBM z 1.1 with SUSE SLES SP1 guests
PS701 in zBX Model 004 PowerVM® Enterprise Edition – VIOS 2.2.3
HX5 in zBX Model 004 KVM – Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor (RHEV-H) 6.5
IBM z BladeCenter® Extension (zBX) Model 004
WebSphere DataPower® Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise Minimum: 0 Maximum: 28††
IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express POWER7 blade Minimum: 0 Maximum: 112††
IBM BladeCenter HX5 blade Minimum: 0 Maximum: 56††

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