New mainframe announced: IBM z13
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IBM just announced a new high end mainframe - the IBM z13. It delivers the latest mainframe technology.
You may also watch the live stream on the new generation of IBM z Systems. It is today at 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (US).
... and some more information about the z13:
The z13 announcement letter is here. The announcement letter also has the availability dates.
z/VSE Version 5 (5.1 andd 5.2) will support the z13 at day one. Please check the z13 PSP (Preventive Service Planning) buckets, if PTFs are required for your configuration. z/VSE Version 5 supports the new Crypto Express5S (requires PTFs) as well as FICON Express16S cards.
Please also see the Statements of General Direction (SOD) section of the announcement letter. There are some interesting announcements.
Two of them I want to mention in this blog:
The IBM z13 will be the last z Systems server to support running an operating system in ESA/390 architecture mode; all future systems will only support operating systems running in z/Architecture mode. This applies to operating systems running native on PR/SM as well as operating systems running as second level guests. IBM operating systems that run in ESA/390 mode are either no longer in service or only currently available with extended service contracts, and they will not be usable on systems beyond IBM z13. However, all 24-bit and 31-bit problem-state application programs originally written to run on the ESA/390 architecture will be unaffected by this change.
The IBM z13 will be the last generation of z Systems hardware servers to support configuring OSN CHPID types. OSN CHPIDs are used to communicate between an operating system instance running in one logical partition and the IBM Communication Controller for Linux on z Systems (CCL) product in another logical partition on the same CPC. See Withdrawal Announcement 914-227, dated December 02, 2014, for details regarding withdrawal from marketing for the CCL product.
There are another interesting SOD I recommend to read: KVM offering for IBM z Systems.