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Sep 24 2010   4:44PM GMT

Swiss Re first to receive zEnterprise; same-day support also available for z196

Ryan Arsenault Ryan Arsenault Profile: Ryan Arsenault

Huge reinsurer Swiss Re is the first company to get their hands on the zEnterprise (or z196) mainframe from IBM — in fact, they ordered two.

Yesterday, Big Blue announced that they shipped the first two available mainframes to the reinsurer founded in Switzerland and now operating in 20+ countries. Swiss Re CIO Markus Schmid cited that the “ability to integrate and manage workloads running on multiple servers as a single system” to be the key benefit of zEnterprise and one of the reasons they decided to go with z196. The z196 was originally announced in July and became available on Sept. 10. The mainframe’s processor is dubbed “the world’s most powerful computer chip,” by IBM, and features Linux support, 96 processors running at 5.2 Ghz, and a capacity of 60% more than System z10 while using the same amount of electricity.

In addition, CA Technologies announced same-day support for IBM’s new z/OS v.1.12 operating system and the zEnterprise. CA’s Mainframe Software Manager and Mainframe Chorus are designed to ease support for z/OS and its hardware platforms.

Is your company considering the zEnterprise as well? Have you already ordered one? Is the hefty price tag a deterrent, or is the ability to marry Unix and Linux workloads on z196  appealing? Let us know @datacenterTT on Twitter.

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