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IBM keeps the mainframe alive

Patrik Thibodeau | Sept. 11, 2012
IBM's latest mainframe, the zEnterprise EC12, was built with data analytics and hybrid clouds in mind -- and analysts say that's a good thing.

Initially, the flash memory will be used internally for efficient paging of virtual memory, diagnostics and better handling of workloads, said Frey. Eventually, he added, IBM's DB2 database and Java will directly exploit the flash memory, providing "huge improvements" in the performance and scale of DB2, buffer pools and Java.

The zEnterprise EC12 was also adapted to a type of data center design that doesn't include raised floors. In what IBM says is a first for a mainframe, it has overhead power and cabling support.

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