IBM zEnterprise BC12 Technical Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 03 February 2014, updated 03 March 2015

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ISBN-10: 073843891X
ISBN-13: 9780738438917
IBM Form #: SG24-8138-00
(539 pages)

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Authors: Octavian Lascu, Hua Bin Chu, Ivan Dobos, Luiz Fadel, Wolfgang Fries, Parwez Hamid, Fernando E Nogal, Frank Packheiser, Ewerson Palacio, Martijn Raave, Vicente Ranieri Jr., Andre Spahni, Chen Zhu


The popularity of the Internet and the affordability of information technology (IT) hardware and software have resulted in an explosion dramatic increase in the number of applications, architectures, and platforms. Workloads have changed. Many applications, including mission-critical ones, are deployed on a variety of platforms, and the IBM® System z® design has adapted to this change. It takes into account a wide range of factors, including compatibility and investment protection, to match the IT requirements of an enterprise.

This IBM Redbooks® publication provides information about the IBM zEnterprise® BC12 (zBC12), an IBM scalable mainframe server. IBM is taking a revolutionary approach by integrating separate platforms under the well-proven System z hardware management capabilities, while extending System z qualities of service to those platforms.

The zEnterprise System consists of the zBC12 central processor complex, the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager, and the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension (zBX). The zBC12 is designed with improved scalability, performance, security, resiliency, availability, and virtualization. The zBC12 provides the following improvements over its predecessor, the IBM zEnterprise 114 (z114):

  • Up to a 36% performance boost per core running at 4.2 GHz
  • Up to 58% more capacity for traditional workloads
  • Up to 62% more capacity for Linux workloads

The zBX infrastructure works with the zBC12 to enhance System z virtualization and management through an integrated hardware platform that spans mainframe, IBM POWER7®, and IBM System x® technologies. The federated capacity from multiple architectures of the zEnterprise System is managed as a single pool of resources, integrating system and workload management across the environment through the Unified Resource Manager.

This book provides an overview of the zBC12 and its functions, features, and associated software support. Greater detail is offered in areas relevant to technical planning. This book is intended for systems engineers, consultants, planners, and anyone who wants to understand zEnterprise System functions and plan for their usage. It is not intended as an introduction to mainframes. Readers are expected to be generally familiar with existing IBM System z technology and terminology.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introducing the IBM zEnterprise BC12
Chapter 2. Central processor complex hardware components
Chapter 3. Central processor complex system design
Chapter 4. Central processor complex I/O system structure
Chapter 5. Central processor complex channel subsystem
Chapter 6. Cryptography
Chapter 7. IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension Model 003
Chapter 8. Software support
Chapter 9. System upgrades
Chapter 10. Reliability, availability, and serviceability
Chapter 11. Environmental requirements
Chapter 12. Hardware Management Console and Support Element
Chapter 13. Performance
Appendix A. IBM zAware
Appendix B. Channel options
Appendix C. Flash Express
Appendix D. Valid zBC12 On/Off Capacity on Demand upgrades
Appendix E. RoCE
Appendix F. IBM zEnterprise Data Compression Express
Appendix G. Native PCI/e
Appendix H. IBM System z10 Business Class to IBM zEnterprise BC12 upgrade checklist

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