You don't often see the terms "low cost" and "mainframe" in the same sentence. But IBM recently introduced a low-cost mainframe: the zEnterprise 114.
The machines start at $75,000, so "low cost" is relative. Compared to a PC, $75,000 is pretty expensive. However, compared to a traditional mainframe, this could be considered a bargain.
The zEnterprise 114 is similar to the 196 model, but it targeted to mid-size customers. The 114 can manage and share data and workloads running on Power and x86 blades. IBM plans to add Windows support later in the year.
Mainframes provide exceptional value, but they often appear to be expensive. You can reduce and optimize mainframe costs by taking advantage of specialty processors, selecting the right vendors to work with, and continually tuning performance.
To see ten ways to get the most from your investment, check out this article from BMC VIEWPOINT.
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