The mainframe will continue to live

February 27, 2008

Supposed to save energy too

The new System z10, with a starting price at about $1 million, comes as IBM focuses on lowering the price tag for running its storied line of data-crunching workhorses.

The Armonk, N.Y.-based company said it designed the new machine to help companies and government agencies that rely on mainframes – usually for critical data processing such as bank transactions or census statistics crunching – save money on energy bills and better handle a flood of Internet information.

The size of IBM’s investment – the company spent five years and $1.5 billion developing the new mainframe – also underscores its commitment to the long-term viability of the mainframe and efforts continue adapting the decades-old product line to the Internet age.




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