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IBM zEnterprise BC12 Offers Added Flexibility for the Low-End Mainframe Market

Published: 27 August 2013

ID: G00255230

Analyst(s): Mike Chuba


IBM introduced its zEnterprise BC12, offering added flexibility in the mainframe data center market. Users of the z890, z9, z10 and z114, or organizations looking for an entry point into enterprise computing, should examine the zBC12 for an opportunity to exploit the latest mainframe technology.

Table Of Contents


  • System Overview
  • System Packaging for Lower Cost
  • System Granularity
  • Specialty Engines
  • Major New Features for the zBC12 and zEC12
    • 10 GbE RoCE Express
    • zEDC Express
    • Integrated Firmware Processor
    • IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) Model 003 and IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager (zManager)
  • Major Differences Between the zBC12 and the z114
  • Major Differences Between the zBC12 and the zEC12

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