Nu kan du køre Windows på mainframen

IBM er på vej med en teknologi, der gør det muligt at køre køre Windows-applikationer på virksomhedens zEnterprise 196-mainframe.

16. december 2011 bliver datoen, hvor store mainframes for første gang får mulighed for at afvikle Windows-applikationer. Det meddeler IBM i en pressemeddelelse.

Dermed bliver det muligt at koble mainframe-verdenen sammen med x86-baserede applikationer og servere. IBM skriver, at udfordringen er blevet løst med en hybrid tilgang, samt introduktionen af zEnterprise Blade Center Extension (zBX), der kom i 2010.

IBM’s System z understøttelse af Windows betyder, at kunderne fremover kan flytte mere af virksomhedens workload over på mainframe for at optimere investeringen. Ifølge IBM's beregninger kan dette betyde besparelser på op til 70 procent af de samlede levetidsomkostninger (TCO) i forhold til distribuerede systemer.

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Samtidig slår IBM på mainframens øvrige kvaliteter såsom tilgængelighed, højt sikkerhedsniveau og ultrahurtig processering af transaktioner.

Bladeserverne, der gør det hele muligt er baseret på Intels Xeon-processor og kan tilpasses både den store zEnterprise 196-mainframe samt den lidt mindre zEnterprise 114.

For First Time, IBM Brings Mainframe and Windows Together

*Support for Windows in the IBM zEnterprise Environment Begins Dec. 16; Helps Clients Reduce Islands of Computing To Lower Complexity and Costs

ARMONK, N.Y. -- 7 Nov. 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that technology allowing IBM zEnterprise 196 mainframe users to integrate Windows applications into the mainframe environment -- an industry first -- will become available Dec. 16.

The new capability, which consolidates management of Windows applications on x86-based IBM System x servers, marks the time how the mainframe and distributed computing worlds have been brought together in this way. It is designed to ease the cost and complexity of large corporate data centers, and extend legendary mainframe qualities, such as ultra-high reliability and security to workloads on the other servers.

Through a hybrid computing approach that IBM has pioneered with the introduction of the zEnterprise system in July 2010, a zEnterprise Blade Center Extension (zBX) attached to the mainframe server integrates management of System x applications, unchanged, via a single console.

The capability already had been available for managing IBM Power-based workloads -- with operating system support including z/OS, Linux and AIX -- and now that will be extended to System x and Windows. With these capabilities, the zEnterprise System is accelerating smarter computing for companies and governments through an innovative "system of systems" approach that allows disparate workloads spread across multiple systems to be managed as a single environment.

Today's announcement advances zEnterprise System's mission to address a vital issue for corporate data centers -- the jumble of disparate technologies added over time to run specific applications and which operate in silos, sometimes unable to communicate with each other in real time and requiring separate staff and software tools to manage. This longstanding challenge is aggravated by dramatic increases in cost and complexity amid a rising tide of sophisticated, data-intensive workloads in an increasingly interconnected world.

Clients are demanding more efficient, easier-to-manage infrastructures so they can invest resources in strategic initiatives, such as cloud computing and business analytics.

The announcement also represents another example of the mainframe's continued vitality in a highly competitive and dynamic server marketplace. While the mainframe is a niche in the overall server landscape, it remains a source of great value for banks, insurance companies, governments, major retailers and other IBM clients who value its hign levels of security and reliability.

Since IBM started shipping its new System zEnterprise 196, the company has added more than 80 new mainframe customers, with more than 30 percent of these in emerging markets around the world. Sample new mainframe clients from growth markets include PKO Bank Polski (Poland), Garanti Bank (Turkey), and NovaLjubljanska Banka (Slovenia). China recently announced its selection of System z to build a cloud computing platform that will improve the life of more than 300 million citizens in China via an online portal for a variety of social services.

IBM’s System z support for Windows means that clients can:

  • Consolidate more workloads onto the mainframe as part of their efforts to maximize technology investments. The financial impact of consolidation onto System z can be substantial, with savings of up to 70 percent in total cost of ownership compared to distributed platforms. [1]
  • Enable new workloads to inherit qualities of service inherent to the mainframe, such as unmatched availability, high levels of security, and ultra-fast transaction processing
  • Gain more choice in choosing the best platform for a particular application, from ERP to business analytics to transaction processing.
  • Allow front-end Windows applications to access data on the mainframe or integrate with other mainframe applications.

This Windows-to-mainframe capability is delivered through the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager and the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX), which allows customers to integrate the management of zEnterprise System resources as a single system and extend mainframe qualities to workloads running on other select servers. zBX is IBM's infrastructure for extending System z qualities of service and management capabilities across a set of integrated, fit-for-purpose POWER7 and System x elements in the zEnterprise System.

The new HX5 Xeon-based blade servers for the zBX chassis to be available Dec. 16 can be deployed with either the zEnterprise 196 or the zEnterprise 114 midrange mainframe that came out in July 2011.

Other elements of IBM's system-of-systems strategy with zEnterprise that already are being delivered include a business analytics solution (IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer); general-purpose POWER7 blades; IBM WebSphere DataPower XI50 for zEnterprise, a multifunctional appliance for the System z environment.

IBM invested more than $1.5 billion in the next-generation zEnterprise system.

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