Tuesday, March 12, 2013

IBM Announcement - IBM zEnterprise enhancements

This is a bit of a strange announcement : it's a collection of some System z enhancements : 'IBM zEnterprise enhancements (ZG13-0042)'. I'll give you the summary, so if anything interests you, then just check out the announcement for more details.

"Today's enhancements extend System z unique leadership attributes for improved integration, agility, and security. These include:
IBM® zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 003
IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 002
IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise ( DataPower XI50z) V5.0 firmware for zBX Model 003
IBM System z Advanced Workload Analysis Reporter ( IBM zAware)
Available now are the following items announced for first quarter 2013 in the IBM zEnterprise EC12 announcement:
z/OS® support for these zEC12 functions is planned to be available by March 31, 2013:
There's also a statement of direction that might be of interest to some people, but I just don't know how widely spread non-raised-floor System z servers are.
IBM plans to offer only Top Exit I/O Cabling and Top Exit with Power on future System z servers for non-raised-floor implementations. Bottom exit cabling (I/O and power) will no longer be offered or supported in non-raised-floor environments. Enterprises with non-raised-floor data centers should begin planning for top exit I/O cabling and top exit power cabling.
If I'm not mistaken that was already the case for the zEC12 but the z114 still offered both options. So, any successor to the z114 will only have top exit I/O and Power cabling.

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