IBM Introduces New Low cost zEnterprise Mainframe

IT giant IBM has introduced a new mainframe computer to its zEnterprise System line up, which, the company claims, offers high speed connectivity between the mainframe data and any attached blade server despite being priced 25 percent lower than the previous model.

The move by the company, according to quite a few analysts, will cater to the growing need amongst IT vendors for improved optimised system performance, and easy affordability in terms of price so that a wider range of customers can access the IT infrastructure they require.

IBM announced about the new offering on Tuesday- dubbed, IBM zEnterprise 114, the new mainframe system is a successor to the company’s earlier model zEnterprise 196 which was unveiled almost a year back in July 2010.

"All the vendors are talking about how they are integrating and optimizing," Jean Bozman, research VP for enterprise servers at IDC said, Information Week reports.

"They reduced the number of hops by creating a faster path for those requests to go directly to the mainframe to access the database. It's faster as well as harmonized," she added.

IBM is offering the new IBM zEnterprise 114 at a starting price of $75,000 - 25 percent less than the zEnterprise 196.