IBM Launches the Next Evolution in Hybrid Computing: zEnterprise EC12

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Driving Innovation

Focused on delivering an integrated, secure and available infrastructure, the next-generation hybrid enterprise system supports innovation and competitiveness through:

Operational analytics. Integrated with real-time data and consolidated corporate data, operational analytics deliver information and insight across the enterprise. Building intelligence into each business transaction expands its value, creating new transactions and improving customer service, such as data management, warehousing, etc.

Using zEnterprise technology and the IBM DB2* Analytics Appliance (IDAA), queries can run up to 1,000 times faster than the previous analytics tool. The actionable insight, delivered with this type of speed and based on current data provides new business opportunities and intelligence into customer interactions.

For example, a U.S.-based hotel applies this intelligence to each of its 1,500 transactions per second to establish an optimal price point. Each reservation is based on occupancy levels at the requested hotel or nearby locations and can reflect client loyalty. Accordingly, the hotel can book inventory down to the last available room to maximize yield.

Trusted resilience. With the explosion of data as well as regulatory requirements, enterprises must be assured users have access to data and applications and are protected from a security breach. Trusted resiliency means the zEC12 can deliver unmatched availability, reliability and security for core business processes and operations. To that end, zEC12 offers new availability features to help clients who value security, better performance and availability during diagnostics.

Using zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager brings mainframe governance to the multiplatform environment, with capabilities that help the installation make good use of its resources and maintain the highest possible throughput. It helps mitigate the risks and provide controls not previously available in a combined mainframe and distributed environment.

IBM zAware allows data center specialists to gain visibility into system behavior, helping improve availability through faster problem determination. It’s an integrated, self-learning, analytics solution that can identify unusual system behavior in nearly real time. Intuitive drill-down techniques can pinpoint unusual message patterns to rapidly and accurately identify potential issues and speed time-to-service recovery.

Flash Express can automatically improve availability for key workloads at critical processing times by boosting paging performance, thus helping deliver superior availability during transition periods, such as start-of-day processing or during diagnostics collection. This is vital for organizations with customer-facing or service applications, including banks, the public sector, financial services companies and retailers.

Cryptographic hardware on the zEC12 can help protect data privacy and sensitive custom applications. The new Crypto Express4S is suited for applications requiring data encryption, cryptographic keys and digital signing. Earlier implementation of PKCS #11 (digital signing) was provided by z/OS*. Now the cryptographic coprocessor can be configured to meet public sector and European Union requirements where standardized crypto servers are needed, such as with smart passports, national ID cards and online legal proceedings.

A representative of online retailer Swiss Colony says, “Within zEnterprise exists numerous security components that help reduce our overall risk. For example, encryption on zEnterprise is critical to our company success to allow us to protect customer privacy data while it is stored on our mainframe and while it is exchanged with other parties for processing.” 

Efficiency at scale. Efficiency at scale enables consolidation and the flexible delivery of services through a private enterprise cloud. With its 50 percent total performance improvement, enterprises can use the zEC12 to consolidate workloads and free up resources for new services. It features a proven hybrid computing design capable of managing multiple architectures with the simplicity of a single system.

“When consolidating Linux* business support applications and Oracle databases operating at the EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) from distributed servers to the System z* ensemble, MUAC reduced floor space by 80 percent, reduced energy consumption by as much as 58 percent per year, reduced the need for hardware maintenance effort by 43 percent and saw 50 percent savings in software, particularly for Oracle, all running on System z with Linux,” says Huub Meertens, head of the SUP Engineering Section of EUROCONTROL MUAC. “With the great savings achieved with the System z ensemble, MUAC saw a 43 percent ROI.”


Impressive Investment

With System z, IBM shows a commitment to hybrid computing and to delivering new innovations to the market. The new technologies’ core capabilities can provide the intelligence and protection your businesses needs, and its efficient scaling can deliver the cost savings organizations require to focus on new services and drive growth.

With the zEC12—the result of an investment of more than $1 billion in R&D—IBM continues to deliver the highest levels of value to enterprises across industries worldwide.

Ellen Carbarnes is a worldwide marketing manager for z Systems who started her mainframe career at IBM in 1981.

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