IBM today announced (and yesterday mentioned)anew generation of zSeries mainframes, the z9.Twice as powerful as thelast time we announced our biggest mainframes ever,the new systems deliver next-gen virtualization capabilities and increased security, includingthe ability to encrypt tapes (!) and to centrally manage encryption keys -- among manyother things, of course. Of particular interest to Power Architecture readers will be the mainframe's processor:the press release calls it "the most sophisticated microprocessor ever made," noting that it boasts up to 18 billiontransistors (in a 54-way system ... how many must it have before it qualifies to be called a macroprocessor, I wonder?).I couldn't easily find more details specifically on the processor, but will post those if and when I do find a good source.
Completely coincidentally, the zone feature this week discusses mainframes and security -- specifically,ideas the rest of us can learn from best practices honed over years of work with and on big iron. It covers the T-Rex generation, not this new announcement, of course -- nevertheless, remarkably topical, isn't it?
At the same press event, IBM also announced that it plans to form ablade.org "collaborative organization"to promote solutions built around theBladeCenter design, which was co-developed by IBM and Intel.
More on today's mainframe announcements in some of the many official press releases: for more on the z9, see hereand here; for more on Virtualization Engine 2.0, seehere; and for more on Blade.org see here.Read More]