August 28, 2012, 3:25 PM — IBM today continued the evolution of its mainframe family by introducing a system it says is 25% faster and has 50% more capacity than the current high-end machine.
The zEnterprise EC12 features a number of interesting improvements including the ability to use analytics to automatically improve system health and performance, bolstered security and features that let the system save electricity. IBM noted that the system improvements represent over $1 billion in IBM research and development efforts.
Systemwise, the EC12 features a 5.5-GHz, six-core processor, 101 cores (vs. 80 on the current z196), 161 capacity settings (vs. 125 on z196), 3Tb of memory and a radiator-based air-cooled system.
Some of the other features detailed by IBM include:
" A state-of-the-art, tamper-resistant cryptographic co-processor called Crypto Express4S that provides privacy for transactions and sensitive data. Crypto Express4S includes new hardware and software developed with IBM Research to help meet the security requirements of different industries and geographies. For example, it can be configured to provide support for high quality digital signatures used with applications for Smart passports, national ID cards and online legal proceedings, replacing handwritten signatures as directed by the EU and the public sector, IBM stated.
" The zEC12 is the first IBM mainframe to include internal solid state technology called Flash Express, a new memory technology that can help improve the performance of data intensive applications. It's designed to provide improved availability during bursts of system activity experienced at transitional periods such as when financial markets open or holiday periods when online retail transactions are heavy, IBM said.