New IBM Mainframe Designed as Hub for Collaborative Business

The IBM System z9 Is Designed as One of the Most Reliable and Secure Computing Systems and Provides Nearly Twice the Total System Capacity and Available Memory of Its Predecessor - the IBM eServer zSeries z990

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NEW YORK, NY - 26 Jul 2005: IBM today introduced one of the most sophisticated computing systems ever, the IBM System z9 mainframe with security and virtualization capabilities that the company said can enable it to act as the hub in a new era of collaborative computing.

Representing a three-year, $1.2-billion-development effort encompassing 5,000 IBM engineers, software developers, technology professionals and security experts from around the world -- the System z9 was designed to be one of the most open, reliable and secure computing systems ever built for business. It is designed to:

The Ultimate Collaborative Processing Machine
At a news conference today in New York, IBM executives unveiled the System z9 system and said this is the first of a new generation of mainframes whose role can be to facilitate management security and systems resources across the entire corporate IT network. In this way, the mainframe is designed to provide a central point of control.

"The System z9 delivers virtualization and collaborative capabilities on a level never before seen in the computer industry. A single System z9 is designed to optimize hardware, networking and software so that businesses can manage and secure workloads equivalent to hundreds of distributed servers in a fraction of the space," said Bill Zeitler, senior vice-president and group executive, IBM Systems and Technology. "This is the beginning of a new era -- in which businesses can gain control of information technology by managing it from the inside out."

New Technology Features:

Virtualization across the System
Virtualization can help businesses aggregate and pool system resources to achieve a consolidated view and greater economy-of-scale from the IT environment. The System z9 boasts advanced resource virtualization and workload management from more than three decades of virtualization innovation:

Security Capabilities Throughout the Network
The System z9 is built on the IBM mainframe's 41-year heritage as a secure-rich system. IBM mainframes are designed with advanced hardware security and each system also contains master encryption keys stored in a "tamper-resistant" package that is designed to zero-out data to prevent physical capture by an intruder. The System z9 has the capabilities to allow consistent security policies across server, data and now the network, all according to business goals through centralized key management in z/OS and other built-in security features. The System z9 provides advanced protection against internal and external risks with these new features:

"The new security and encryption offerings in the System z9 are designed to provide an enterprise-wide solution to help companies secure their customers' data, both within company walls as well as when it leaves their direct control," said Erich Clementi, general manager, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "Centralized key management helps simplify our customers' security solutions, and is designed to provide a long-term capability for protecting data. We are working closely with technology partners and a group of leading customers in the financial world to extend our security strategy to cover all aspects of our system environment, with a goal of providing the most comprehensive solutions in the industry."

"Always On" Reliability and Availability Across the Network
New capacity back-up for specialty engines can extended the System z9's uptime capability designed to avoid planned outages for maintenance and upgrades. This builds on the mainframe's legendary reliability. With up to twice the available memory in System z9 as in z990, the System z9 is designed to support even larger-scale, secure transaction environments:

Open Business Integration through Linux, SOA and J2EE
Furthering IBM's commitment to a total system concept, System z9 combines the newest server technology with IBM's most recent releases of key middleware products:

Redesigned Multichip Module
The heart of the z9 is the IBM multichip module (MCM) -- a dense and advanced semiconductor and packaging technology. The newly designed 3.74" x 3.74" x 0.33" (95 x 95 x 8.5mm) module, which fits in the palm of your hand, contains 16 chips mounted on 102 layers of ceramic glass connected to over 5,184 I/Os pins by 540 meters of wire. The module uses IBM's leading-edge 90nm copper and Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technology and contains over 3.5 billion transistors. Manufactured by IBM's world-class chip developers in, East Fishkill N.Y., this leading-edge technology provides advantages in performance, power consumption and reliability.

Model Specifications and Availability
The System z9 109 (z9-109) has five available models offering between 1 and 54 configurable processor units. The first four models with 1 to 38 processor units, are planned to be available in September 2005, and the high-capacity model S54 is planned to be available November 2005. The performance of the System z9 109 uni-processor is expected to be 1.35 times the z900 uni-processor. The z9-109 is expected to scale from a one to 54-way (versus 32-way on the z990) with up to 512 gigabites of memory.