IBM zMainframe To Support Windows

IBM has announced its plans to support Microsoft Windows on its zEnterprise mainframe platform.

The company said it intends to offer IBM System x blades running on Microsoft Windows for the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension Model 002 in the fourth quarter of 2011. IBM also revealed that in the third quarter, it will launch a Linux-based System x blade for zEnterprise mainframe.

“The reaction to delivering IBM System x capabilities has been very positive, with our clients also asking that we support Microsoft Windows. Therefore, today we are revising our road map to include planned support for Windows on System x as well as a revised schedule for IBM System x blade delivery on the IBM zEnterprise Systems,” the company said in a statement.

According to Network World, analysts seem excited about IBM’s decision to support Windows in the zEnterprise mainframe system.

Analyst Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates said that even though the Windows support was not technically a full integration, users wouldn't have any trouble using the new platform.

“IBM has applied its usual combination of strong technology and services to allow users to implement IBM System x blades running Windows that integrate seamlessly into the overall zEnterprise solution,” he said.