With all of the distractions this week, from the Republican National Convention in Florida, to the Tropical Storm Isaac that hit New Orleans on the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I thought I would continue this week's theme on the IBM zEnterprise EC12.
In the whitepaper [The IBM zEnterprise EC12: A Technology/Strategy Review], the folks at Clabby Analytics answer three questions:
- What has IBM done to improve System z from a technology perspective?
- What is IBM trying to accomplish strategically?
- How much does it cost?
In my last post [IBM Announces zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server], I covered the first two, so in this post, I will focus on the cost advantages.
In the whitepaper [The Surprising Technology Economics of Mainframe vs. Distributed Servers], Robin Worldwide compares the IT costs for typical units of work. On average, mainframes are 29 percent less expensive than distributed servers. Here are some examples:
- Processing an insurance claim: $56 U.S. dollars (USD) with mainframes, versus $92 USD with distributed servers.
- Processing a mobile subscriber: $18.26 USD with mainframes, versus $26.12 USD with distributed servers.
- IT cost for an ATM machine: $572 USD with mainframes, versus $1021 USD with distributed servers.
In the whitepaper [Total Economic Impact of IBM System z], Forrester Research interviews the executives of five existing mainframe clients, and through in-depth analysis of their deployments, is able to present a "composite" company with an IT-staff of 4,500 employees. The result is impressive: deploying an IBM System z had an ROI of 199 percent. That is a payback period of less than five months!
A finish this post with a quick [6-minute Youtube video], featuring my colleage, Nick Sardino. Nick and I have worked together in the past at various conferences and conventions.