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IBM unveils the first Linux-Only Mainframes

Big Blue, the IT giant, claims to be launching two new generations of mainframes: the iSeries for small businesses and the more expensive and performing zSeries, which can replace smaller server racks in executives' statements , produced by competitors like Dell and Sun. Well, you ask someone, not the first time we hear such statements. What's the news?

The revolution, rather than "simple" novelty, lies in the adoption of the Linux Operating System only, with the design and construction of machines specifically designed and not adapted later on, thus abandoning more commercial solutions.

It is also clarified that this is a necessity for companies, in seeking as much as possible the containment of costs also in this delicate sector, following the example of Amazon (which recently, among other things, has produced its first profits ) which we reported on on the Macity pages:

After all, the choice of Linux for its mainframes, to be understood as an innovation in the field, explains Peter McCaffrey, director of product marketing for this sector. The immense, multiprocessor IBM machines that dominated the market in the 1960s and '70, have been gradually opposed by simple PCs and cheaper servers, until the uses of the last have bounded in the uses of the former. This is the condition that the distinguished Abraham Silberschatz, academic and theoretician in the field of Operating Systems with: "As PCs become more sophisticated, both in hardware and software, the line that separates the two categories becomes increasingly blurred".

In particular, the iSeries generation is said to be able to replace up to 15 traditional servers, at a cost of about $ 50,000, while the professional zSeries range will perform the work of thousands of servers for about $ 400,000, with savings, says McCaffrey, of about half

Strong emphasis was also placed on the simplicity of system configuration, even by technicians with little experience, having taken steps to eliminate the complexity that sometimes accompanies products of this type, building, in short, a system ready for use in a very short time .