The new z10 BC is said to offer 50% more processing capacity and four times the memory capacity of its predecessor, will have a footprint that is 83% smaller, and power consumption that is 93% lower.
But what's interesting is that the System z line is reportedly the direct descendent of the original IBM System/360, which came out in 1964 and basically created the computer industry as we know it, exposing an enormous pent-up demand for business computers. It came with a range of peripherals, and was offered in a number of different yet compatible models at different price points (something considered revolutionary at the time.)
What is certainly new since 1964 is the special lease-financing program IBM is offering for the new System z: a 90-day no-interest, no-payments program titled "Why Wait?" Apparently, Big Blue is determined to confront the current credit crisis head-on by, basically, letting qualified customers simply take the thing home after signing papers.
How much this will trickle down to the SMB market remains to be seen -- it's probably still unwise to pick up a mini-tower, say "Why wait?" to the retailer, and walk out the door. But if you're a credit-worthy customer who thinks $100,000 is midrange for server hardware, IBM has a deal for you.
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