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The mainframe computer has traditionally been distinctly separate from the Windows world. Now IBM is working to fuse these two computing environments.
Scott Carlson, manager System z Product Marketing, explained to InternetNews.com that in 2010, IBM's zEnterprise program opened up the mainframe to go beyond traditional mainframe components with the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX).
Carlson noted that the zBX allows for the hosting of different types of blades that can be managed as a whole system together with the mainframe. The customer benefit is that if the enterprise has multitier applications with data on the mainframe, the applications can be more closely integrated. Carlson added that the zBX also allows for central management using z System governance that mainframe clients are used to. Initially, the zBX provided support for x86 blades running Linux. Support is now being expanded to include Microsoft Windows.
"This architecture is the first attempt to make this capability happen where we apply the mainframe systems management constructs and governance over the top of a Windows environment," Carlson said.
Read the rest about IBM's Windows/Mainframe platform at ServerWatch.