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Nov 17 2009   3:37PM GMT

IBM to stop selling z9 mainframe next June, “z11” out 3Q 2010

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

In an announcement letter it put out today, IBM said it would withdraw the System z9 Business Class and Enterprise Class mainframe from marketing effective June 30.

The boilerplate:

On or after the effective dates for the withdrawal of these offerings, you can no longer order this product directly from IBM. However, IBM will continue to honor contracts until expiration or termination of the current contract.

As one mainframe listserv poster put it: “I thought June 2010 was a little early if the z11 isn’t going to be
available until Q4 2010, but to be honest I haven’t (paid) attention to the exact timing of past withdrawal announcements.”

Ian Bramley, managing director of IT analyst firm Software Strategies, said we can expect to see the z11 mainframes near the end of the third quarter of next year. Perhaps we’ll see them early in the third quarter, or maybe even the end of the second quarter, if IBM plans to pull the z9 off the market on June 30.

Bramley talked about some of the potential forthcoming details of the z11 mainframe, including the move from 65nm to 45nm processors that will run around 5GHz and have simultaneous multithreading, dual-threading and result in a 20-25% performance improvement.

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