IBM’s New z114: A Replacement for SPARC/Itanium Servers?

IBM’s new zEnterprise 114 (z114) is a capacity reduced, cost reduced version of its popular System z196 mainframe designed to serve mid-market systems buyers. The z114 is based on the same z microprocessor core as the z196; it can access up to 256 GB of main memory (this includes 8 GB of fixed memory for HSA); and it offers the same Qualities-of-Service (QoS). New design aspects/features include a new microprocessor core design (same as on the z196), a modular two drawer system design (that is similar to the “processor book” structure of the z196); a new, standards-based input/output subsystem — all implemented to help drive down systems cost.