IBM debuts hybrid mainframe

The company has unveiled a new design for hybrid mainframe, which it hopes will modernise datacentres and be a bridge to other systems

IBM on Thursday will unveil a new hybrid mainframe design that aims to cut datacentre sprawl and be a bridge to other systems.

All of the hardware giants — IBM, HP, Cisco, Dell and Oracle— are producing magic boxes to modernise datacentres and bridge them to cloud computing. IBM is aiming its hybrid mainframe, which is designed to manage other systems too, at the datacentre simplification effort.

The design was developed with $1.5bn (£986m) in R&D funding with input from 30 customers and more than 5,000 employees around the world.

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