Enterprise IT vendor IBM today announced new enterprise cloud offerings for the mainframe. The cost is 55 percent less in certain deployments.
The IBM Enterprise Cloud System provides an integrated platform, built upon open standards, for clients and service providers looking to rapidly build out a cloud environment capable of supporting mission-critical workloads.
IBM said service providers can pay for Linux based mainframe cloud infrastructure over time based on compute consumption, rather than system capacity.
The total cost of some Linux on System z cloud deployments can by up to 55 percent less than comparable x86-based cloud infrastructure, said IBM.
IBM said the mainframe has the ability to support up to 6,000 Virtual Machines in a single system, provide a secure multi-tenant environment and dynamically share resources across workloads.
The IBM Enterprise Cloud System is factory built and configured with automated cloud orchestration and monitoring to allow clients to rapidly deploy enterprise-grade cloud services.
Combining System z hardware, IBM storage and IBM cloud management software into a single IaaS solution, this offering will help IT organizations and cloud service providers deliver a differentiated level of service capable of supporting mission critical workloads.
The new IBM MSP Utility Pricing for System z pricing model, delivered through IBM Global Financing, provides consumption-based pricing designed especially to make mainframe technologies more widely accessible to Managed Service Providers (MSPs).
This consumption-based approach allows an MSP to focus on building their business rather than on the cost of their infrastructure.
The Government of Ghana is partnering with IBM and Yale to use the mainframe to help overcome the challenges facing researchers as it seeks to eradicate mother-to-child HIV. Healthcare workers in Ghana will use mobile devices to collect data that will then be uploaded and analyzed on an IBM mainframe to help provide key insights for proactive treatment and prevention programs.