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IBM introduces the IBM eServer zSeries 890.

IBM has introduced the IBM eServer zSeries 890, an incredibly powerful mainframe for medium-sized enterprise customers, extending the unprecedented capabilities of the company's flagship IBM eServer zSeries 990 mainframe to mid-sized companies, at a lower entry cost and size.

On the 40th anniversary of the revolutionary IBM System/360 mainframe, IBM unveiled its newest mainframe system, the z890--introducing new breakthrough technology for simplifying the IT environment and pricing updates for medium sized businesses. In addition, the company also introduced the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server 750, bringing the world-class enterprise capabilities of its larger storage system to a new customer base. Together the new mainframe and storage systems allow mid-size customers to consolidate and simplify their environment using industry-leading technology.

The z890 is based on the z990 technology and delivers exceptional levels of flexibility, virtualization, automation, security and scalability. The top of the line z890 has almost twice the processing power compared to the top of the line z800 as a result of a near 100 percent increase in the capacity of each general purpose central processor. While the z890 can provide a significant increase in capacity over the z800, because of the remarkable flexibility, it begins at a size that is more than 30 percent smaller in capacity than the smallest z800 server. IBM is also offering the z890 as a single model with 28 capacity levels--allowing customers to more closely match server capacity with their individual business requirements.

"The z890 provides a new, extreme level of flexibility never before seen on mainframes," said Erich Clementi, general manager of zSeries, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "Today, the superior technology of IBM's mainframe and storage can be sized and priced to meet the needs of mid-sized customers who are seeking to build on demand infrastructures and lower their total cost of ownership."

IBM continues the innovation established on the mainframe by adding new industry leadership capabilities for both the z890 and z990, including:

--Breakthrough Technology: To integrate web applications onzSeries, the new zSeries Application Assist Processor (zAAP)is an industry first, delivering a specialized z/OS Javaexecution environment for customers seeking to integrate Javatechnology-based web applications along side existingcore-business applications and data on the same serverplatform. With US pricing to be set at $125,000 (USD) perprocessor, zAAPs can help increase overall systemproductivity, simplify server infrastructure, and improveoperational efficiencies, while helping to lower the overallcost of computing for Java applications on the zSeriesplatform.

--On/Off Capacity on Demand: Enhanced to now include support forIntegrated Coupling Facilities and zAAPs, On/Off CoD providesadditional temporary capacity for Parallel Sysplex clustering and Java workloads--offering ultimate scalability to respond to surges in demand.

--Simplifying the infrastructure: An OSA Express Integrated Console Controller can eliminate the need for some peripheral hardware and provides up to 120 console session connections.

--Improved Networking: Enhancements on the z990 include the capability to support up to four logical channel subsystems, up to 1024 I/O channels and improved networking connectivity--helping IT professionals simplify and manage even the most demanding infrastructure complexities in a security-rich environment.

IBM's new ESS Model 750 is designed to help customers in the midrange leverage many of the reliability and advanced functions of the Enterprise Storage Server while meeting the smaller capacity and price needs of new mainframe and other system servers. The ESS 750 offers:

--Non-disruptive Upgrades--Starting at just 1.1 terabyte with the ability to expand to more than 4.6 terabytes capacity, the new system provides capability for "non-disruptive" upgrades when needed in a non-disruptive format.

--Automated Features--With more than 20 autonomic features, the new system allows mainframe jobs to execute in parallel and queue management is moved to the ESS from the server. These features are designed to help improve performance and storage administrator productivity.

--zSeries Performance Enablers--With Multiple Allegiance, simultaneous logical volume access is expanded across multiplezSeries or S/390 servers. This function, along with Parallel Access Volumes, enables the ESS to process a high number ofI/Os in parallel, helping to dramatically improve performance for zSeries servers and enabling greater use of large volumes.

--Business Continuance--The new system supports a rich set of copy services functions and management tools that can be used to build solutions to help meet business continuance requirements.

IBM is also announcing that it is delivering to Marist College its flagship IBM eServer zSeries 990 server to be used to help further develop Linux applications and skills on the mainframe. This continues IBM's commitment to the Mainframe Charter. In addition to delivering on innovative technology and providing value to customers, IBM is also focused on developing the community of mainframe users.

The mainframe will be used in Marist College's new lab opening in the summer in association with the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux. Through Marist College, Linux developers will have remote access to the mainframe to run qualified projects and test Linux software for possible inclusion in the Linux kernel. Enabling a community of users to develop and test Linux on the mainframe will both further improve Linux as an enterprise operating system, while building a pool of required skills.

"Marist College's designation as an OSDL lab is an important strategic move in support of further innovation, research and competitiveness in open source development," said Marist President Dennis J. Murray, an early supporter of the Linux movement. "The lab, powered by IBM's powerful zSeries 990 server, will allow us to work with businesses to help develop products that will spur economic growth and enhance their competitive edge."

IBM is also previewing the next version of the operating system, z/OS 1.6, planned to be available in September 2004. z/OS 1.6 will contain many enhancements for integrating Java workloads in the z/OS environment, including support for zAAP, improved workload management for web serving applications and improved IP network availability capabilities. In z/OS 1.6 IBM also plans to deliver a 64-bit application environment for both C/C++ and JAVA SDK (statement of direction) for increased scale and simplified porting of applications.
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Date:Apr 12, 2004
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