Isn't it kind of an oxymoron to say that it's too expensive to save energy? But I hear that all the time: "I'd make my house run off solar power, but it costs too much." Or, more common in our industry, "I hear System z can save me lots of energy costs and help my company go green, but I can't afford it."
Well, the latest member of the System z family -- namely the System z10 Business Class (note, that's Business class, not Enterprise) -- is going to change that. IBM is hyping it as the "cool, smart, and affordable" mainframe. According to IBM, the new mainframe delivers "...50% more performance at half the price for incremental Linux workloads." And a video about the z10 BC makes a case for why this is probably the greenest z yet.
From what I'm reading, that's not hype. Take a look at an article from Earth Times, for example. The article says that the z10 BC "has the capacity of up to 232 x86 servers with 83% smaller footprint, up to 93% lower energy costs." Furthermore, "companies in emerging markets (such as South Africa and Singapore) or in hot industries (such as social networking or mobile commerce) -- can now afford IBM's flagship mainframe technology for under $100,000."
Not bad, eh? And to make it even simpler, sounds like IBM Global Financing has a special offer called Why Wait; if you qualify, you can defer interest and payments for 90 days.
Looks to me like green IT just got way more affordable.