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IBM Launches 'Entry-Level' Mainframe, Storage Systems

IBM today introduced a new mainframe and companion storage systems that are designed to help mid-sized companies cut server sprawl and data center energy and space requirements. Called the IBM System z10 Business Class mainframe, prices start at under $100,000.

IBM claims the z10 BC delivers the computing equivalent of 232 x86 servers, while taking up 83 percent less space and lowering energy costs by up to 93 percent. The z10 BC is 40 percent faster, has 50 percent more total capacity, and four times the maximum memory of its predecessor, the IBM z9 BC, the company said.

On the storage side, the company rolled out the DS8000 disk storage system and an addition to the TS7700 tape storage system that are optimized to work with the new mainframe.

The DS8000 includes what IBM calls high-performance Ficon, which can double the throughput performance of the mainframe's online transaction processing workloads by using Fibre Channel ports to transfer commands and data.

"By changing the way we communicate, we have dramatically increased performance for all System Zs without changing any hardware," Charlie Andrews, director of system storage product marketing, tells Byte and Switch. "We reduced the overhead, making communications more efficient. We have doubled the performance for transaction processing and boosted performance 30 percent to 40 percent for large sequential transfers."

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