IBM's new mainframe, the z13

The first of IBM's 360 Mainframe architecture of computers was delivered beginning fifty years ago this year.

On Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 IBM announced its new model of Mainframe computer, the z13. It can process 30,000 shopping transactions (orders) a second, including encryption. For a cloud, it can run up to 8,000 virtual servers. For the operating system it can use either Linux or z/OS. z/OS is a new version of the operating system IBM has had for its 360 architecture for many years (the version I used in the 1970s and 1980s was called MVS). IBM has spent about $1 billion developing this new model (and the family?).

Don't ask how much they cost unless you have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend.


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