Ta-da! The zEnterprise is out!! I admit I hinted a while back, and yes a little bit last time, about continued evolution and here… it…. is… the System of Systems, the third dimension of not just making processors with faster engines or specialized function, not just growing the number of processors, but now pulling in other platform systems into the z complex.
After going to the teach the teachers session, I took my notes and summarized them for some internal calls with teams, so have been summarizing and netting out, boiling the ocean and relooking at materials. I won’t try to give an announcement here, but just touch on some highlights.
First, realize the vertical integration this reflects, the added dimension of creating the hypervisor of hypervisors (Universal Resource Manager) on top of the other platforms so that the zEnterprise system now wraps its arms around --and the amount of integration represented here. (I understand our friends at Gartner used the term: 'brilliant' in describing the Universal Resource Manager !)
Next, look at the concept of being able to manage, as in Service Level Agreements, not just workload, but security, availability and virtualization targets. (..and the implied amount of monitoring and reporting behind the scenes…)
Then, look at the absolutely killer numbers BOTH in the base complex of the z196 for the kinds of technology improvements we are used to seeing in new z generations, and also in the incredible impact on space, energy, and operating costs compared to an infrastructure before (yesterday!) the zEnterprise complex.
Note that in the z Blade Extension (zBX), that the Power7 and SAO optimizer blades are first, followed next year by DataPower and x-series blades. Take a hard look at what improvements to certain star queries-- that may be 80 fold (or more)-- might do to the concept of how you build your analytics and process systems. And….. if you have looked at the System z Management Facility, look at the new CICS Deployment Assistant that may reduce administrative time up to 80% !
OK, I am giddy… I promised not to repeat the announcement here. It is just so packed with improvements it will take us all time to fully absorb it. So, dive it, we’ll talk later.