Despite growing defamation by our competitors, IBM’s Mainframe thrives. No matter what half-truths you see in alleged “white papers” by those wanting System z to disappear, we keep generating results that show just the opposite.
Why these groundless attacks on System z? For starters, our competitors do not want to accept that our System z servers appeal so broadly and deliver tremendous value. Competitors falter when trying, factually, to compare their ability to drive down cost of ownership. They cannot match our overall throughput on an apples-to-apples comparison. And they cannot match our highest levels of security certification. But despite this, they will still try to tell a global IT world, facing enormous budget challenges—many imposed by the business of their own companies—that adding to costly sprawl is OK, or that a certain number of security breaches is tolerable.
The System z design center has been/is/will be that complex mixed workloads demand impeccable stability, throughput, security, and control. These tenets guide our development, reflect in our messages to the market, and reveal—most importantly—in the overall user experience. Our goal is to deliver cost-effective, innovative, super-stable systems that enable business. Period! We do not think that mainframes are the only system needed in IT today. But we do strongly advocate that when power consumption, floor space, scalability, business continuity, and overall value are paramount, THEN “it’s mainframe time.”
Weeks ago a competitor published an attempt at a “white paper.” We say, “attempt” because we have criteria for authentic white papers that mean: facts matter, logic underpins any findings, and even skeptics can support the paper’s conclusions. What our competitor wrote brought up the shopworn criticisms. “They” said the mainframe has not enough skilled personnel to support these systems. They said System z’s Linux is really just for web-edge and I/O workloads. They said System z imposes too many unique (read “proprietary”) routines.
Let’s be blunt: there are clear and documentable reasons why System z’s share is growing, and why current users add new workloads in addition to more capacity for existing tasks. There are clear reasons we win among the most prestigious environmental awards. There is ample evidence that worldwide mainframe skills are proliferating, not contracting. Analysts assert this; so do Press. So do academic institutions. So do satisfied users whose case studies attest to consolidation outcomes and net, overall cost-savings that can justify an arguably higher initial purchase price.
Forty-nine thousand university students have completed mainframe courses just in the past four years. Four hundred fifty universities and colleges around the world belong to IBM’s heralded Academic Initiative. Market share for System z, in the greater than $250K segment, has nearly doubled since year 2000. Competitor share continues to decline according to analyst-provided metrics. $100M is being spent on System z simplification. Linux specialty engine growth from 1H-‘07 thru 1H-‘08 has risen 26%, an indicator of worldwide IT confidence in running Linux on System z. Such customer acceptance is fueled by all of our specialty engines. They help absorb software costs while off-loading focused routines from z central processors.
And the z-supporting facts go on, and on, and on. It can take four HP SuperDomes to match the TPS performance of a single z10. At the same time, for the same workload execution, SuperDomes can use over triple the energy, over 2.5x the floor space, and many more people to manage these systems.
What are we getting at here? Simply, that facts support better decisions. IBM System z commits to helping clients buy z only when it makes most customer sense to do so. We care about our credibility and your company’s progress. The competition seems intent on falsifying System z’s demonstrable value. We find that competitive tactic especially inappropriate in a worldwide economic climate where buyers need better information to make balanced, prudent decisions.
So, ask our representatives any questions you have about System z’s comprehensive excellence. Visit our various worldwide customer centers to simulate your workloads. Make independent judgments about whether we bring the most flexibility and control to a global IT environment best described as chaotic and complex. We welcome your close inspection. This applies to whether you own a mainframe and are considering adding new workloads, OR, you have all distributed resources and need to understand if/why consolidation would be best on a System z.
Meantime, skim these statements by Clients, Analysts, and ISV’s. We think you will conclude that System z really is essential, especially in today’s financially challenged IT world.
- "We've implemented z10 systems in our parallel sysplex environment which are running live, mission critical benefit applications for the world’s top employers -- so availability, performance, and reliability are of utmost importance," said Sandee Kotowski, Manager of Mainframe Infrastructure, Hewitt Associates. "The IBM mainframe has been a key part of our IT infrastructure over the years, with clear cost benefits, but this new system takes that value proposition a leap ahead. The capacity and scale of this system changes the economics of the mainframe and is a significant step forward in addressing our constantly evolving technology needs." Sandee Kotowski, Manager of Mainframe Infrastructure, Hewitt Associates
- JungHoon Sung, Manager of IT System Planning of Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK), said, “The success of IBK's System z10 migration was based on our great partnership with IBM in Korea which helped secure mandatory capacity for mainframe, reduce TCO and improve system stability, efficiency, and liability. We expect innovation in client service through the great capability of IBM System z10.” Source: October 2, 2008: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/25311.wss
- “A growing number of customers are integrating System z virtual Linux servers into their Oracle Grid strategy. IBM’s new System z10BC server extends the reach and the affordability of this solution. The z10BC platform is an attractive option for customers moving to virtualized environments.” Matt Puccini, Senior Director, Oracle Corp
- "We were amazed with the power and flexibility of our new z10. Compared to the cores on our test Intel server, only half as many IFLs were needed to host the Live version of our massive game Taikodom, surpassing even the most optimistic estimates of our Lead Programmer. Web services were also 50% faster on average. Now we have plenty of room to grow as the player base expands, simply by adding more IFLs to the production environment. Meanwhile, those same IFLs can be used for tests and development, and because we are also offloading an increasing number of math intensive operations to our Cell/B.E. processors, there is no foreseeable limit to the number of simultaneous players our z10 will be able to handle. The z10 also proved itself very easy to install, and it's Java compatibility worked better than expected, making it possible for us to move the whole Taikodom environment - including it's web portal and Bitverse middleware - to it's new server in only 12 hours, with downtime limited to 3 hours." Tarquinio "Tarq" Teles, CEO, Hoplon Infotainment SA
And listen to Forrester Analyst Brad Day’s taped interview at www.on24.com/clients/ibm/117759.[Read More]