IBM offers single frame and rack mount configurations of IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4

IBM has unveiled new single frame and rack mount configurations of IBM z16 and IBM LinuxONE 4 – powered by IBM’s Telum processor — targeting data center customers.
IBM z16IBM z16 multi frame, introduced in April 2022, has helped transform industries with real-time AI inferencing at scale and quantum-safe cryptography.

IBM LinuxONE Emperor 4, launched in September 2022, has features that can reduce both energy consumption and data center floor space while delivering the scale, performance and security that clients need.

“We’re protecting clients’ investments in existing infrastructure while helping them to innovate with AI and quantum-safe technologies. These options let companies co-locate IBM z16 and LinuxONE  Rockhopper 4 with distributed infrastructure,” said Ross Mauri, General Manager, IBM zSystems and LinuxONE, in a news statement.

According to a recent IBM Transformation Index report, security, managing complex environments and regulatory compliance are challenges to integrating workloads in a hybrid cloud. These challenges can be compounded by more stringent environmental regulations and rising costs.

The IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 offerings are built for the modern data center to help optimize flexibility and sustainability, with capabilities for partition-level power monitoring and additional environmental metrics.

For example, consolidating Linux workloads on an IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper 4 instead of running them on compared x86 servers with similar conditions and location can reduce energy consumption by 75 percent and space by 67 percent.

The new rack-optimized footprint is designed for use with client-owned, standard 19-inch racks and power distribution units. This footprint opens opportunities to include systems in distributed environments with other servers, storage, SAN and switches in one rack, designed to optimize both co-location and latency for complex computing, such as training AI models.

IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 are engineered to provide the highest levels of reliability, 99.99999 percent availability to support mission-critical workloads as part of a hybrid cloud strategy. These high availability levels help companies maintain consumer access to bank accounts, medical records and personal data.

“IBM z16 and LinuxONE systems are known for security, resiliency and transaction processing at scale,” said Matt Eastwood, SVP, WW Research, IDC. “Clients can now access the same security and resiliency standards in new environments with the single frame and rack mount configurations, giving them flexibility in the data center.”

With the new IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper 4 servers, IBM will offer IBM LinuxONE Expert Care. IBM Expert Care integrates and prepackages hardware and software support services into a tiered support model, helping organizations to choose the right fit of services. This support for LinuxONE Rockhopper 4 will offer enhanced value to clients with predictable maintenance costs and reduced deployment and operating risk.

The new IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 single frame and rack mount options, supported by LinuxONE Expert Care, will be generally available globally from IBM and certified business partners beginning on May 17, 2023.

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