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IBM announces mainframe Hadoop for Linux and flash storage

Plus usage pricing for mobile and cloud processing
Wed Apr 09 2014, 11:36
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BIG BLUE IBM announced System z hardware and z/OS software products and services for mobile workloads, cloud computing, and Linux systems on Tuesday, the day after its mainframe computing architecture marked its first 50 years.

IBM said its System z Solution for Mobile Computing will offer "new pricing for mobile workloads on z/OS which can improve the cost of growth for mobile transaction volumes that can cause a spike in software charges".

It explained, "This new pricing will provide up to a 60 percent reduction on the processor capacity reported for mobile transactions, which can help normalize the rate of transaction growth used for software charges."

IBM announced that its new Enterprise Cloud System "provides an integrated platform, built upon open standards, for clients and service providers looking to rapidly build out a trusted cloud environment capable of supporting mission-critical workloads."

It added that, similar to its mobile offering, "a new flexible utility pricing model [...] will provide service providers with the ability to pay for Linux based mainframe cloud infrastructure over time based on compute consumption, rather than system capacity."

It is unclear from the firm's press releases whether IBM's new pricing models for mobile and cloud computing workloads will apply to mainframe systems installed at customer data centres or will be available only on mainframes hosted at IBM data centres.

IBM also announced that it will offer Hadoop database software for Linux from Veristorm on System z mainframes, called Zdoop. It said, "This will help clients to avoid staging and offloading of mainframe data to maintain existing security and governance controls."

In addition, it announced a solid-state disk (SSD) storage option in its mainframe data storage hardware, saying, "The next generation of flash storage on IBM DS8870 can provide faster time to insight with up to 30X the performance over HDD." µ


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