It's a hardware kinda day.
Apple introduced some long-rumored new Macbooks and MacBook Pros, probably overdue, but a bit of a yawn by comparison to all the fuss around the Air the last few weeks.
IBM also made a new hardware introduction with the System z10 Mainframe, designed from the ground up to help increase data center efficiency through performance and power reduction improvements. The z10 also helps drive down cooling costs and, with its new footprint, has smaller floor space requirements.
The z10 Mainframe uses Quad-Core technology and 64-processors, and was built for sharing in mind and providing virtualization capabilities that can support hundreds to hundreds of millions of users.
How'd ya like to have one of those big honkin' computers sitting in the corner of your office?
The Macbook Air is cool and all, but c'mon, this new mainframe is a computer!
Some more details: The z10 supports a broad range of workloads, including Linux, XML, Java, Websphere and increased workloads from ServiceOriented Architecture (SOA) implementations.
IBM is also working with SunMicrosystems and Sine Nomine Associates to pilot the Open Solarisoperating system on System z.
From a performance perspective, the z10 is designed is designed tobe up to 50% faster and up to 100% performance improvement for CPUintensive jobs compared to its predecessor, the z9, with up to 70% morecapacity.
The z10 also is the equivalent of nearly 1,500 x86servers, with up to an 85% smaller footprint, and up to 85% lowerenergy costs -- it can consolidate x86 software licenses at upto a 30-to-1 ratio.
So, if you happen to be looking for greater datacenter effienciency or need your organization to more efficiently share and parse out precious IT resources through virtualization and chargeback scenarios, check out the full lowdown on the z10 here.