IBM has announced the replenishment of the IBM Z family of the IBM Linuxone III Express elementary level model, which will be available from May 25. The novelty is designed for startups, business partners of the company and independent software providers.
Unlike the announced year ago, Linuxone III Model LT2, Linuxone III Express is offered in three fixed configurations, which speeds up the delivery and installation of the Mainframe. The cost of “iron” begins from 25 thousand per year for configuration with 4 cores and 384 GB of memory. The older model with 12 nuclei and 768 GB of memory costs from 75 thousand per year. Service, software and other services are paid separately.
However, it is economical, according to IBM, the solution is suitable for the most popular workloads, including the protected data processing – clients are available service IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services to ensure the highest commercial level of privacy – or, for example, working with Red Hat OpenShift containers. IBM internal tests show that the 12-core version of IBM Linuxone III Express with workloads WebSphere and DB2 requires 18.7 times less than the cores compared to X86 servers and reduces the total cost of ownership by 57% in three years.
Together with Linuxone III Express, the company also announced the expansion of the Tailored Fit Pricing pricing model – now it concerns not only for IBM Z, but also the “iron” itself. Thus, the IBM offers an integrated approach that allows customers to respond quickly to changes in workloads and business needs, while saving money and paying resources on consumption. The company notes that the temporary activation of additional processor resources by IBM Z users in the first quarter of 2021 increased four times in comparison with the first quarter of 2019.