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Mar 28 2008   8:53AM GMT

Video: IBM Rolls Out New Mainframe, the z10

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John Belmont demonstrates IBM’s newest mainframe, the Z10. It has a starting price of about a million dollars.

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IBM asserts that it represents a 50 percent performance boost and has dramatically lower energy costs over its predecessor.

Mark Fontecchio, one of the intrepid writers over at SearchDataCenter, reported on the announcement in IBM pushes System z10 mainframe as consolidation savior. In the story, Mark wrote that the newest version of “big iron”includes highlights like:

  • the capability to run 64 4.4 GHz processors, compared with 54 1.7 GHz processors on the z9;
  • 1.52 TB of memory capacity, compared with 512 GB on z9;
  • Five models, ranging from a unit with a maximum of 12 central processors, to one with up to 64; and
  • a larger physical footprint than the z9, standing more than 6 feet tall, taking up 30 square feet of floor space, and weighing in at about 2.5 tons.

IBM also previewed the new version of z/OS 1.10 due out in September.

Mark also wrote about an IBM System z10 mainframe beta user who touts HiperDispatch, a new feature allows mainframers to limit the amount of data that is moved during different sessions.

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