IBM targets mid-market with zEnterprise 114 server

The zEnterprise 114 aims to consolidate traditional servers, save floor space, lower energy costs and tackle different workloads
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

IBM is to begin rolling roll out a new System z mainframe server on Tuesday that is designed for mid-market customers and emerging markets, and aims to consolidate traditional servers.

IBM zEnterprise 114

IBM has launched the zEnterprise 114 server. Photo credit: IBM

The zEnterprise 114 starts below $75,000 (£47,000), making it one of the most inexpensive models in the z line-up. According to IBM, the zEnterprise 114 can consolidate 300 servers in one box.

IBM has been riding a mainframe sales surge since launching its System z line-up in 2010. The overall trend among hardware vendors is to pitch single boxes as a way to consolidate servers. Oracle markets Exadata as a datacentre consolidation play and IBM is positioning the mainframe to do the same.

IBM's zEnterprise 114 mainframe promises server consolidation, space savings on datacentre floors; lower energy costs; integration between the zEnterprise System and IBM's System x blades; configurations of up to 14 processors; and the ability to use "10 specialty engines" to handle workloads ranging from Java to Linux.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see IBM launches mainframe for midmarket, eyes server consolidation on CNET News.

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