1.5.6 zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension
The zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension Model 002 (zBX) is available as an option with the z196 and z114 systems and consists of the following:
The INMN provides connectivity for management purposes between the zEnterprise CPC's SE and zBX.
The IEDN is used for data paths between the zEnterprise CPCs and the zBX, and the other ensemble members.
The zBX is configured with redundant components to provide qualities of service similar to that of System z, such as firmware management and the capability for concurrent upgrades and repairs.
The zBX provides a foundation for the future. Based on IBM judgement of the market's needs, additional specialized or general-purpose blades might be introduced3.
IBM offers a selected set of IBM blades that can be installed and operated on the zBX. These blades have been tested to ensure compatibility and manageability in the zEnterprise CPC environment. The following blades are available:
The POWER7 blades offer a virtualized environment through the PowerVM Enterprise Edition hypervisor. The virtual servers run the AIX operating system. The System x blades have an integrated hypervisor using Kernel-based virtual machines, which provides a virtualized environment and runs the Linux operating system.
IBM DataPower X150z integration appliance
The IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI50 for zEnterprise (DataPower XI50z) has been integrated into the zEnterprise infrastructure. DataPower XI50z is a multifunctional appliance that can help provide multiple levels of XML optimization, streamline and secure valuable service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications, and provide drop-in integration for heterogeneous environments by enabling core Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) functionality, including routing, bridging, transformation, and event handling. It can help to simplify, govern, and enhance the network security for XML and web services.
For a more detailed description of the IBM DataPower X150z integration appliance visit:
IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer solution
The IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer solution is a defined set of software and hardware that provides a cost-optimized solution for running Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence queries against DB2 for z/OS, with fast and predictable response times, while retaining the data integrity, data management, security, availability, and other qualities of service of the z/OS environment. It exploits special-purpose blades, housed in a zBX.
For a more detailed description of the IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer, see 4.9.2, IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer solution.
1The IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer solution has a maximum of two zBX racks (B and C) and up to four
2Depending on the IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer configuration, this can be either seven or 14 blades for the first
3All statements regarding IBM future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only.