IBM announced new single-frame and rack-mount options for its z16 and LinuxONE 4 mainframe computers launched last year. This will enable customers to better optimize their data centers for flexibility, sustainability, and security.

By consolidating Linux workloads onto an IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper 4 rather than running them on x86 servers under comparable conditions and in the same location, clients can achieve a reduction in energy consumption of up to 75% and save up to 67% in physical space. This solution is intended to assist clients in achieving their sustainability objectives, according to the company. 

“IBM remains at the forefront of innovation to help clients weather storms generated by an ever-changing market,” said Ross Mauri, the general manager of IBM zSystems and LinuxONE. “We’re protecting clients’ investments in existing infrastructure while helping them to innovate with AI and quantum-safe technologies. These new options let companies of all sizes seamlessly co-locate IBM z16 and LinuxONE Rockhopper 4 with distributed infrastructure, bringing exciting capabilities to those environments.”

The new rack-optimized footprint has been developed and tested to meet the same internal qualifications as the IBM z16 high availability portfolio. This design allows clients to use their own standard 19-inch racks and power distribution units. 

As a result, this new design enables clients to incorporate the system into distributed environments alongside other servers, storage, SAN, and switches, which can be placed together in one rack. Installing these configurations in the data center can help create a new class of use cases that span sustainable design, optimized AI solutions, data privacy, edge computing, and more. 

“IBM z16 and LinuxONE systems are known for security, resiliency, and transaction processing at scale,” said Matt Eastwood, the senior vice president of WW Research at 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. Importantly, this also opens up more business opportunity for partners who will be able to reach an expanded audience by integrating IBM zSystems and LinuxONE capabilities to their existing footprints.”

Additionally, users will have access to IBM LinuxONE Expert Care, which integrates and prepackages hardware and software support services into a tiered support model.