IBM has announced that technology allowing IBM zEnterprise System users to integrate Microsoft Windows applications into the mainframe environment will become available on 16th December.
The new capability allows clients with multi-tier applications -- for example, Windows applications connected to mainframe data -- to be integrated and consolidated on the same system. This first-ever bringing together of the mainframe and distributed computing worlds is designed to ease the cost and complexity of large corporate data centers and improve management of workloads spanning mainframe and distributed environments.
By bringing Windows and the mainframe together, IBM is helping clients to develop in multiple environments across z/OS, Linux, AIX and now Windows.
Specifically, the new technology provides centralized management, which offers a variety of money-saving benefits, such as faster and automated access to computing resources, reduced administration and lower training costs.
The new capability of consolidating and centralizing management of Windows applications on x86-based IBM System x servers will be available for either of the zEnterprise systems -- the z196 or z114.
Through a hybrid computing approach, that IBM has pioneered with the introduction of the zEnterprise System in July 2010, select IBM System x blades and System x applications can be installed in a zEnterprise. No changes are required for the application, and integration and management of blades and applications are handled by the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, via a single console. The benefit is that the application servers can be physically and logically close to the data running on the mainframe.
The hybrid capability already had been available for managing IBM Power-based workloads with operating system support for AIX and System x-based workloads with Linux as well as a business analytics solution and a multi-functional appliance for System z (IBM Websphere DataPower XI50 for zEnterprise). With these capabilities, the zEnterprise System is accelerating smarter computing for companies and governments through an innovative "system of systems" approach that allows disparate workloads spread across multiple systems to be managed as a single environment.
The company also said the announcement represents another example of the mainframe's continued vitality in a highly competitive and dynamic server marketplace. The mainframe remains a source of great value for banks, insurance companies, governments, major retailers and other IBM clients who benefit from its high levels of security and reliability. Backed by $1.5 billion in research and development and years of direct client input, IBM's zEnterprise demonstrates the company's ongoing mission to innovate and address key challenges.
IBM has continued to see mainframe momentum since shipping its new System zEnterprise 196 last July, with new clients and system upgrades worldwide. Since July 2010, IBM has added more than 80 new mainframe clients worldwide, with more than 30 percent of these in growth markets.