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IBM Introduces Mainframes for Big Data Age

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by Angela Guess

The Washington Post reports that IBM has introduced a new line of mainframe computers for the Big Data age. According to the article, “IBM said its zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server is designed to help clients securely and quickly sift through massive amounts of data, meeting the demands of retail and other clients in the age of “Big Data.” Running at 5.5 GHz, IBM said the microprocessor that powers the mainframe is the fastest chip in the world. Processing speed is 25 percent faster than the previous model.”

The article continues, “Mainframes are used by corporate clients ranging from banks to chain stores. IBM says the new model could be used by retailers to manage online transactions and analyze clients’ buying habits and then use the information to create a ‘more customized shopping experience,’ such as a custom coupon issued during a transaction. ‘Whether its retail or whether its transportation, making reservations, whatever it is, the system has been built really to help clients do those new types of new-age transactions,’ said Doug Brown, an IBM vice president of marketing.”

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