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What sets the zEnterprise environment apart

What sets the zEnterprise environment apart

When IBM announced the zEnterprise* System in 2010, it was dubbed “A New Dimension in Computing.” This description was intended to emphasize new and nontraditional capabilities in three important areas. These are:

  1. Next Generation System z* Processors
    The zEnterprise System consists of the IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196) and IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114) next-generation processors. They provide increased performance, capacity, resiliency and new technologies within the same physical and environmental footprints as their predecessors.

  2. IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter* Extension (zBX)
    This infrastructure enables the hosting of IBM System x* and POWER7* blades, with integrated networking and management to complement zEnterprise capabilities, thus forming a heterogeneous computing system capable of hosting multiplatform, multitier workloads on a single logically integrated platform.

  3. zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager)
    zManager is an integrated management appliance providing advanced hardware and virtualization management functions. It’s delivered as zEnterprise System firmware to provide integrated, uniform management for heterogeneous computing configurations with a single point of operational control.

The Rationale

The complexities of managing distributed heterogeneous infrastructures have become significant factors in overall IT cost, flexibility and responsiveness. Managing these components within isolated administrative silos results in a lack of operational insight, resiliency and resource optimization. It is often difficult to see the relationships between the IT resources used in the service of business functions. This highlights the need for better infrastructure integration and optimization, and for management tools that make it easier to align IT resources with business service goals. This level of integration also paves the way for more resilient, dynamic, flexible and optimized infrastructures.

The hybrid nature of the zEnterprise System provides the foundation for hosting today’s heterogeneous and multitiered business applications and services. Service oriented architecture (SOA) adoption is driving replacement of monolithic applications with modular components deployed on myriad platform architectures, flexibly aggregated to provide business services. The zEnterprise environment integrates these infrastructure tiers under a single coherent management context and administrative model to reduce the operational cost and complexity of diverse distributed system configurations.

zEnterprise technology also provides advanced resource virtualization, enabling dynamic resource provisioning and optimization to facilitate infrastructure-as-a-service governance models. “It stands alone in its ability to represent, instantiate and manage heterogeneous virtualized environments.”

SOA adoption is driving replacement of monolithic applications with modular components.

Jeff Frey, an IBM Fellow, is the CTO for System z.

John Eells is a former MVS and OS/390 system programmer who also worked in ServerPac design. Now a senior software engineer in IBM Systems, his current assignments include z/OS technical marketing, future release planning and strategy.


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