Leading Organizations Choose IBM's Midrange Mainframe for On Demand Reliability

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Eircom, University of Miami, and Others Depend on the z890 for Critical Operations; On Demand Features Enhance the Flexibility of the z890

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ARMONK, NY - 04 May 2005: IBM today announced that customers around the world are embracing IBM's powerful mainframe for medium-sized enterprises, available since May 2004. IBM has shipped the equivalent amount of capacity of the IBM eServer z890 system in one third the amount of time as its predecessor, the IBM eServer z800 midrange system.

"The z890 program has been one of the most successful 390 or zSeries programs we've ever introduced," said Terri Virnig, vice president, IBM eServer zSeries. "The z890 introduced greater choice and flexibility, allowing for horizontal or vertical growth of capacity. Customers can grow on demand with smaller increments of computing power. The z890 is an ideal solution for the mid-size enterprise customer who requires extremely high reliability and scalability."

The z890 provides more than twice the capacity (when fully configured) and almost three times as many capacity choices than the z890's predecessor offered, which can help companies create a more efficient on demand IT infrastructure to handle business fluctuations. One hallmark of the midrange success has been that the business partner channel accounts for about 60 percent of z890 sales versus about 20 percent for the top-of-the-line z990.

Dan Nassif, vice president of zSeries Solutions Practice at MSI Systems Integrators, an IBM Business Partner, said, "We attribute the resurgence of the mainframe and the success of the z890 in part to the new workloads running on the mainframe. With Linux and now the introduction of IBM zSeries Application Assist Processor (zAAP) -- the zSeries a specialized Java-processor for z/OS -- has helped increase price performance and delivered benefits to their mainframe customers' bottom-line."

Leading companies from around the globe have embraced the z890 to run mission-critical business applications:

Demonstrating IBM's continuing commitment to innovation and the balanced system design for the on demand zSeries platform, IBM zSeries has enhanced these world-class features since the introduction of the z890: