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A Quick Look at IBMs zEnterprise 114

IBM’s high-end mainframes are one of those phenomena where, if you need to ask how much it costs, you probably can’t afford it. That said, IBM’s mainframe on the lower end gladly brings price into the discussion, and is actually one of the compelling arguments for the system. The most recent announcement out of IBM in this regard is for the zEnterprise 114, which is a business-class mainframe. The thoroughly surprising thing about this announcement is that the zEnterprise 114 comes in with a starting price tag of $75,000 – which is a full 25 percent less than the previous IBM business-class mainframe.

Here are some quick facts about the zEnterprise 114, and how you can expect to see it marketed and used:

•    IBM is comparing the zEnterprise 114 to a 96 – but designed for mid-sized businesses.

•    The 114 allows users to create, manage, and share both workloads and data across Power as well as x86 blades.

•    The 114 gives users who are at an upgrade point the opportunity to consolidate workloads.

•    The primary competition for this new mainframe is the Linux server on an x86. This is the biggest area of mainframe growth: applications and workloads that currently are running on Linux.

•    The zEnterprise 114 will be able to support as many as 300 x86 servers. Compare this to the z10 BC, which could support as many as 232 x86 servers.

•    The core processor in the zEnterprise 114 is a 3.8 GHz, which is well below the 5.2 GHz shipped with the zEnterprise 196 (the top-end option).

•    In terms of performance per dollar of investment, the 114 is a good option. IBM doesn’t give out pricing on its high-end mainframes. Depending on configuration, you’re looking at a cost upwards of the high six figures or more. This makes the 114’s $75,000 entry pricing very attractive.

If you are in need of mainframe power, or if it’s time to upgrade some applications and workloads running on Linux systems, you’d do well to take a look at the IBM zEnterprise 114 and see just how good a fit it can be for your business.

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