IBM unveiled a new mainframe system Thursday, called the zEnterprise, that promises to become a powerful new workhorse for data centers.

IBM claims the zEnterprise is its fastest mainframe yet and is designed to tackle data center costs, management and complexity. IBM said the system’s core server contains 96 microprocessors running at 5.2Ghz and is capable of executing more than 50 billion instructions per second.  It also claims the new machine is the most energy efficient mainframe on the market – more than 100,000 virtualized servers can be managed as a single system on a fully-configured cluster of zEnterprise Systems. That represents 60% more capacity than IBM’s z10 mainframe, while using the same amount of energy.

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