The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2013


While data center server sales in general stumbled in 2013, mainframe sales bucked the trend to show that big iron does indeed have a place, and a growing one at that, in the data center.

IBM in the first quarter of 2013 reported mainframe sales up 7 percent over those of the first quarter of 2013. Second quarter sales rose 10 percent over last year, while sales in the third quarter rose 6 percent.

IBM also showed it could continue its fast-paced mainframe development with its July introduction of the IBM zEnterprise BC12, or zBC12, the company's first mainframe to list for under $75,000.

At that price, the zBC12 can actually be lower in cost to operate than a distributed x86-based server infrastructure, IBM said.