August 17, 2009

IBM Halves Mainframe Linux Engine Prices

Article Source Channel Register
August 17, 2009 5:28 am

The IBM mainframe may not have a lot of direct competition when it comes to z/OS-based batch and transactional work, but the story is different when it comes to Linux. There's plenty of competition among Linux platforms, and Big Blue can't ignore the pressure that Moore's Law brings to bear.

So IBM is slashing the prices it charges for its System z mainframe engines that are set up to exclusively run Linux, the so-called Integrated Facility for Linux speciality engines. These are sold at much lower prices than standard mainframe engines, just like other speciality engines designed to accelerate WebSphere middleware (zAAPs) and DB2 database routines (zIIPs)...

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