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.