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In Pictures: IBM's new System z mainframe

IBM is pinning its growth hopes on launch of this new System z

  • An IBM employee prepares the new zEnterprise System Mainframe for shipment in the company’s Poughkeepsie, N.Y. plant. IBM added a new, 56,000-square-foot, $30 million production floor to its Poughkeepsie plant in 2010 to manufacture the new computer. Altogether the zEnterprise System represents $1.5 billion in R&D investment for IBM and a three-year, 24-hour development cycle that spanned three continents and involved more than 5000 staff working a total of 31 million hours

  • An IBM employee prepares the new zEnterprise System Mainframe for shipment in the company’s Poughkeepsie, N.Y. plant. IBM added a new, 56,000-square-foot, $30 million production floor to its Poughkeepsie plant in 2010 to manufacture the new computer. Altogether the zEnterprise System represents $1.5 billion in R&D investment for IBM and a three-year, 24-hour development cycle that spanned three continents and involved more than 5000 staff working a total of 31 million hours

  • IBM engineer Don Gunvalsen, Poughkeepsie, loads the new IBM zEnterprise System mainframe into a test chamber in the company’s Poughkeepsie, N.Y. facility that subjects the computer to extreme variations in temperatures.

  • IBM employees Larry Terpak (foreground), Johnson City, N.Y., and Chris Wallner, Poughkeepsie, size up covers ready to be installed

  • IBM employee, Larry Terpak (standing), Johnson City, N.Y., installs covers

  • IBM technician Asia Dent, Poughkeepsie, tests two multi-chip modules that will each power one of IBM’s new zEnterprise System mainframes. Each ceramic module forms the central processing unit of the new computer and packs 96 of the world’s fastest microprocessors (5.2 Ghz) together to give the new mainframe 60% faster performance than its predecessor, while using the same amount of electricity, IBM claims. Each module is capable of executing 50 billion instructions per second.

  • IBM engineer Joseph Corrado, Marlboro, N.Y., installs a new x86 blade server into a test unit of IBM’s new IBM zEnterprise System mainframe. The new mainframe is the first to manage workloads running on IBM x86 and Unix systems - enabling the data center to be centrally managed.

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