First off there's this: "The z9 mainframe possesses the most sophisticated microprocessor ever made. A fully configured 54-way IBM System z9 has 18 billion transistors. That's three for every person on the planet." [emphasis added].
Then there's this: "Called Virtualization Engine 2.0, the technology is a giant leap forward in virtualizing computing systems, enabling virtualization for the first time across an entire enterprise and beyond. Virtualization Engine 2.0 uses open interfaces, virtualization building blocks and Web services to connect IBM and select non-IBM server and storage systems." ... mmmm, open interfaces and Web services.... in an IBM mainframe. This is a different world we live in.
Lastly there's this: blade.org, "a collaborative organization and developer community focused on accelerating the expansion of blade solutions and the IBM and Intel(r) blade ecosystem". The founding member organizations include Brocade, Cisco, Citrix Systems, IBM, Intel Corporation, NetApp, Nortel, Novell and VMware.
More information and some stats here
- The z9 can process 1 billion transactions per day (versus 450 million for the z990).
- It is 54-way (versus 32-way).
- The machine can process 6,000 secure handshakes or transactions per second (versus 2,000 per second).
- It boasts 60 logical partitions (LPARs) (versus 30 LPARs)
- The z9 features 17,800 MIPS (versus 9,060 MIPS), 512 GB (versus 256 GB) and 172.8 GBps/ bandwidth (versus 96 GBps).
Even more here.