IBM stuns the IT world with new System XIZ



In a stunning pre-announcement, timed for the first day of the new month, IBM has revealed a remarkable new generation of Storage Systems for the 21st Century.  By combining IBM System z with the innovative grid architecture used by the XIV,  IBM has produced a new hybrid product:   The System XIZ.

The System XIZ will use the integrated Linux engines of IBM’s System z mainframe, 96 cores running at an astonishing 5.2 GHz, to generate a grid, the likes of which has never been seen before on this planet.

As can  be seen in this indicative diagram, the System XIZ will take a single rack System z and populate the entire lower half of the machine with high density XIV disk drawers.

Current applications being considered for the System XIZ include:

Also present at the launch was the Jeopardy playing super computer “Watson“.  When asked about the prospects for the System XIZ, Watson surprised everyone by replying:

“I think there is a world market for maybe five of these computers”.

In an off the table quote, IBM did reveal concerns that the computing power contained within the System XIZ could possibly create rents in the space time continuum.   For this reason the outer frame of each machine will consist of pure unobtainium.

Interesting times for all of us.

Happy April 1st.


About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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6 Responses to IBM stuns the IT world with new System XIZ

  1. StevePem says:

    Will the XIZ be available with counter-rotating disks for customers in the southern hemisphere?

  2. avandewerdt says:

    Good question!
    Actually its the other way around. Counter-Clockwize XIZs will ship in the Northern hemisphere and clockwise XIZs for the Southern hemisphere.

  3. Marc Wambeke says:

    You guys are so lucky to be 12 hours ahead of us.
    So, I must admit, you really have the scoop on this one.
    I think I’ll just put up a referral to here, since it’s as informational as can be.
    By the way, this concept is really revolutionary !

  4. Rawley Burbridge says:

    Tony gets to be present for all the cool launches!

  5. Dan G says:

    My sales rep asked me if XIZ was something we should present to our customer today, all I can say is THANKS.

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