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Trends Trends
zBX Enables Smarter Computing A “system of systems,” the zEnterprise platform integrates several IBM tech nologies into a cohesive stack, joining multiple platforms under a single, unified management structure. It enables high-performance hybridcomputing capabilities on proven platforms such as mainframes, Linux and UNIX* OSs, and x86 systems, while extending the security, scalability, reliability and virtualization capabilities of mainframes to multiplatform environments. These capabilities have been developed and enhanced over time using lessons learned from thousands of engagements worldwide. The zBX platform benefits from IBM’s legacy of innovation in blade technologies. Space requirements can be reduced through denser packing. Built-in back-plane switching helps provide redundant connectivity, reduce the need for wiring and increase resiliency. The 10 Gb private Ethernet makes for faster network connections. Shared power supplies are designed to reduce energy consumption and further increase resiliency. The zBX platform allows hot swapping and provides failure prediction capabilities to help make servicing easier. Consisting of IBM blade servers and workload optimizers, the zBX system leverages zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager) software for integrated governance and systems management. It extends System z service and management capabilities through a securityrich, high-performance private network featuring integrated, highperformance specialty processors for workload-specific tasks. zManager enables a host of additional features, including the ability to define, comprehensively track and dynamically correct performance goals. Most importantly, it helps

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or evidence of the benefits of zEnterprise* BladeCenter* Extension

h A second example comes
from the utilities industry, where SAP applications had been running on a Nehalem-based VMware installation that drew data from an IBM competitor’s database housed on IBM Power Systems* hardware. The implementation was replaced by a zEnterprise System featuring the zBX infrastructure, four IBM BladeCenter PS701 Express* blades, a 10 Gbps connection, and IBM DB2* software running z/OS* in a zEnterprise 196 backed by four general-purpose processors and three specialty System z* Integrated Information Processor engines. In a three-year total cost assessment, IBM found costs declined from $16.15 to $4.59 per bill per processing hour—a savings of more than 71 percent. At the same time, billing speed improved from approximately 200,000 to 261,000 bills generated per hour—an improvement of more than 30 percent. —V.L.

(zBX) in action, consider the following examples:

h To manage operations, the
European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, or Eurocontrol, had deployed six mainframes and 20 RISC servers, a setup that was both complex to manage and expensive to run. IBM consolidated the organization’s administrative applications onto just three zEnterprise Systems. These featured a zBX infrastructure and BladeCenter servers, along with other IBM components, as part of a virtualized private-cloud solution. The result? Eurocontrol realized a significant cost savings through reduced operations and energy use as well as a dramatically smaller footprint. This included lower licensing costs for the IBM stack while delivering better reliability and easier management through a single administrative console.

reduce the need to overprovision, which can improve operational efficiency and resource utilization. As with any deployment, DIYers considering a custom workloadoptimization solution should look at how the components are integrated. It’s possible to spend too much time and money attempting to get the pieces to work together efficiently.

Other Blade Systems The zBX infrastructure provides pretested, preintegrated IBMcertified components. Hardware redundancy has been built in at

multiple points, such as at the power infrastructure, in the rack-mounted network switches and through cabling for support and data connections. This means far less effort and support are typically needed before, during and after deployment as compared to homegrown solutions. zBX supports multiple server architectures for specific workload assignments, including Power* blades, x86 blades and a specialpurpose optimizer. Competing offerings may be limited to a single architecture, which hampers flexibility and performance. Dual

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012

Editor's Desk: The Taste of Success
Dashboard: Pay by Phone - Current Conditions - Work Without Boundaries - Digital Personalities
IBM Perspective: The Performance of Many, the Efficiency of One
Trends: Why zBX Outperforms DIY When Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure
Q&A: Accurate TCO Analysis Demonstrates the True Value of System z
IT Today: IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Streamlines Software Delivery
Case Study: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Shelter Insurance employs a measured approach in adopting Linux on zEnterprise 114
Cover Story: Internal Transformation: System z is at the center of initiative, which has saved the company $100 million so far
Feature: Large Memory Tames Big Data: The System z stack evolves to deliver business value from more memory
Tech Corner: A More Effective Comparison Starts With Relative Capacity
Administrator: JES2 Helps Expedite the Relocation of Data Volumes
Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.0 - Vanguard Security and Compliance Solutions - MegaCryption DB - ASG-TMON for DB2 - Reflection Suite for X - Orchestrated IT
Advertiser's Index
Stop Run: Wreck Diving Brings IBMer Face to Face With Lost History
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IB Tape Storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Editor's Desk: The Taste of Success
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Dashboard: Pay by Phone - Current Conditions - Work Without Boundaries - Digital Personalities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IBM Perspective: The Performance of Many, the Efficiency of One
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Trends: Why zBX Outperforms DIY When Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Q&A: Accurate TCO Analysis Demonstrates the True Value of System z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IT Today: IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Streamlines Software Delivery
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Case Study: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Shelter Insurance employs a measured approach in adopting Linux on zEnterprise 114
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover Story: Internal Transformation: System z is at the center of initiative, which has saved the company $100 million so far
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Feature: Large Memory Tames Big Data: The System z stack evolves to deliver business value from more memory
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Tech Corner: A More Effective Comparison Starts With Relative Capacity
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Administrator: JES2 Helps Expedite the Relocation of Data Volumes
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.0 - Vanguard Security and Compliance Solutions - MegaCryption DB - ASG-TMON for DB2 - Reflection Suite for X - Orchestrated IT
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Advertiser's Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Stop Run: Wreck Diving Brings IBMer Face to Face With Lost History
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 56
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - BG2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IB Tape Storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T6
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