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IBM celebrates 40 years of mainframes by announcing z890

IBM announced its new eServer zSeries 890 also to celebrate 40th anniversary of IBM System/360 release. Designed for mid-end server, zSeries 890 has a number of features found in high-end zSeries 990.

Simultaneously with z890 the company introduced TotalStorage ESS 750 (Enterprise Storage Server).

Similar to z990, z890 supports zAAP (zSeries Application Assist Processor) that creates z/OS Java special environment. zAAP solutions cost about $125,000 per processor, 1 to 4 processors (8 to 32 GB memory) configurations available. Besides zAAP, z890 supports On/Off CoD (Capacity on Demand) for creating temporary Parallel Sysplex clusters to withstand load peaks. It supports up to 1,024 logical I/O channels and up to 120 console sessions.

As for ESS 750, it ranges in capacity from 1.1 to 4.6 TB and allows paralellizing of some mainframe tasks.

Both novelties were introduced together with a new version of IBM z/OS 1.6.

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