IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server, said to be the most powerful and technologically advanced version of an IBM system that has been the linchpin of enterprise computing for 48 years.
The new enterprise system features technologies that demonstrate IBM’s ongoing commitment to meet the growing need to secure and manage critical information with the System z mainframe.
According to IBM, mainframes support significant portions of the data environment at most large enterprises. As these enterprises grapple with the well-documented growth of data, they are looking for new ways to secure and gain insights from such critical information as financial, customer and enterprise resource data that will enable them to provide their clients with new services.
The new zEC12 offers security and support for operational analytics that can help clients efficiently sift through large volumes of raw data and transform it to gain knowledge that can be used for competitive advantage.
For example, a retailer managing online transactions on zEC12 can gain insights from client information that will enable it to provide clients with a more customized shopping experience.
The IBM zEC12 enterprise system is the result of an investment by IBM Systems and Technology Group of more than $1 billion in IBM research and development primarily in Poughkeepsie, New York as well as 17 other IBM labs around the world and in collaboration with some of IBM’s top clients.
Introduced today, August 28, the new IBM mainframe is claimed to be one of the most secure enterprise systems ever with built-in security features designed to meet the security and compliance requirements of different industries.
With operational analytics and near real-time workload monitoring and analysis, clients can use the new zEC12 for a variety of workloads, including hybrid clouds that can take advantage of the System’s 25% more performance per core and 50% greater total system capacity than its predecessor as well as the world’s fastest chip running at 5.5 GHz.
In the picture above: At IBM’s Poughkeepsie N.Y. manufacturing site, technician Mike White inspects the main chassis of IBM’s new zEnterprise EC12 mainframe computer, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 . Credit: Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM.