Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/19/ibm_z890_refresh/

IBM pushes mainframe goodness downstream

Fresh mid-sized box

By Ashlee Vance

Posted in Servers, 19th April 2006 19:37 GMT

IBM looks set to release a revitalized, lower-end mainframe in the coming weeks, according to a detailed analyst report.

Phil Payne at Isham Research predicts that IBM will pump out - or at least announce - a successor to the z890 by the end of the month. The new z9 Business Computer should have much of the technology found in IBM's current top-of-the-line z9 109 mainframe. This is a cascading technology thang, Payne tells us.

Existing mainframe customers can find the predicted configurations here.

IBM released the z890 back in 2004, billing the system as a mainframe for mid-sized customers. The box could clearly use a refresh, as could IBM's mainframe business overall. Mainframe sales fell 6 per cent during the first quarter, IBM said yesterday. ®