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Oct 30 2008   10:22AM GMT

CA looks to “exploit” the zIIP

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

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Mainframe software giant CA today announced a new version of IDMS, its mainframe database management system, that in particular takes advantage of the zIIP specialty processor on big iron to save users money.

The zIIP, which stands for z Integrated Information Processor, is a mainframe processor designed specifically to run database-like workloads. DB2 has been a popular choice for the zIIP. It joins other specialty processors like the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) and z Application Assist Processor (zAAP), which are geared toward Linux and Java apps.

One of the benefits of these specialty engines is that you don’t have to pay software licensing costs for the workloads that run there. That is probably the most direct savings you’re going to get.

But as I’ve written before, some of the real savings can be getting workloads off the central processors, because that can free up enough space there so that users can defer having to buy another mainframe. It’s that seven- or eight-figure capital cost of a new mainframe that can be the really big, possible savings when moving workloads to these side engines.

CA also announced that its Datacom software, another database management system, is in beta release and will also be able to run on the zIIP.

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