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Thursday, 1 July 2010
zNext - One Box to Rule Them All?
The hype is building for zNext, the next generation of IBM System z servers. z10 brought unprecedented power, resilience and versatility to the large server market. But the next generation - first dubbed z11 and more recently zNext - is rumoured to be a step change in architecture that some are suggesting will change the datacenter game completely.
But more recent rumours from Poughkeepsie have suggested something bigger is happening. The word "Hybrid" has been used in connection with POWER systems, suggesting that the new architecture will cross traditional platform boundaries. And one source told me that Teradata will be in the frame.
A System z that also runs native AIX and Teradata right out of the box? Wouldn't that be groundbreaking?
IBM have now announced the reveal will be in a July 22 webcast to partners. If you can't make it, come back soon, I'll be blogging about it here shortly after. Follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn or by RSS feed to get the news first. Might this be the game-changer, the killer blow to IBM's high-end server opposition, and then some?
As a Security Manager, sometime Consultant and former Analyst, this blog is the product of my industry experience in Enterprise Security gained in the financial sector plus years of project, service and people management. Drawing on my experience of both System z and "distributed" access control, IBM RACF and Tivoli - with ITIL and CISSP mixed in - I blog on the practicalities of security measures, trends in governance, risk and compliance (GRC) and, occasionally, on the current mainframe renaissance.