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IBM Announces Windows Integration with IBM Mainframe via zEnterprise System

IBMIBM announced the Windows integration with the IBM mainframe via the zEnterprise System. “As of Dec. 16, this new technology enabling IBM zEnterprise System users to integrate Windows applications into the mainframe environment will become available,” announced IBM.

The company informs, “the new capability allows enterprises with multitier applications–for example, Windows applications connected to mainframe data–to be integrated and consolidated on the same system.”

Greg Lotko, vice president of marketing for System z, said this bringing together of the mainframe and distributed computing worlds is designed to ease the cost and complexity of large corporate data centers and improve management of workloads spanning mainframe and distributed environments.

“By bringing Windows and the mainframe together, IBM is helping clients innovate more freely in multiple environments across z/OS, Linux and Unix, and now Windows.”

“IBM’s System z support for Windows means that mainframe users can gain more choice in choosing the best platform for a particular application–from ERP to business analytics to transaction processing. Users also can have their front-end Windows applications integrate with applications or data on the mainframe. And they can consolidate more workloads onto the mainframe as part of their efforts to maximize technology investments. The financial impact of consolidation onto System z can be substantial, with savings of up to 70% in total cost of ownership compared with distributed platforms,” IBM officials said.

The company notes, “Through a hybrid computing approach, IBM System x blades and System x applications can be installed in a zEnterprise. No changes are required for the application, and integration and management of blades and applications are handled by the zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, via a single console, IBM officials said. The benefit is that the application servers can be physically and logically close to the data running on the mainframe.”

IBM also is helping enterprise data center customers better manage their arsenal of disparate technologies added over time to run specific applications. These systems typically operate in individual silos, requiring separate staff and software tools to manage, with the additional complexity of interacting and communicating with each other in real time.

“The new heterogeneous virtual IT infrastructure will give us greater flexibility and scalability,” Huub Meertens, head of the Support Engineering Section at Eurocontrol, the European air traffic management organization in the Netherlands, said in a statement. “On our existing servers, the various applications operate independently on diverse platforms, based upon the one-server-one-application model. The combination of IBM System z with Intel servers in an ensemble configuration turns out to be the best solution for modernization of our IT infrastructure. Given our complex IT infrastructure with high safety and security requirements, reliability, scalability and management at a competitive price are very important. It’s for these reasons that Eurocontrol has opted for the IBM zEnterprise with zBX environment,” said Meertens.

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