IBM: Entry-Level Mainframe
IBM this year unveiled a new mainframe that, with a starting price of only $75,000, can actually be lower in cost to operate than a distributed x86-based server infrastructure, the company said.
IBM's new zEnterprise BC12, or zBC12, is a follow-on to the IBM z114 midrange mainframe and targeted at such applications as data analytics, cloud computing and Linux.
The zBC12 offers similar capabilities as the IBM zEC12, including the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engine for running Linux applications, as well as the System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) and System z Integrated Information Process (zIIP) for accelerating workload processing.
However, the zBC12 has a maximum memory of 496 GB compared to the zEC12's max of 3 TB, and it has more limited connectivity options.