Armonk-based IBM is launching a new line of mainframe computers, built in Poughkeepsie: the zEnterprise EC12. The new computer has added capabilities for computing chores that are growing rapidly, like analyzing torrents of data from the Web and corporate databases to predict consumer behavior and business risks. It also includes tailored features for all the trends in corporate computer – cloud computer, data center consolidation, etc.
To make the mainframe more competitive, its insides were retooled, using low-cost microprocessors as the computing engine. According to IBM, the new mainframe represents $1 billion in research and development spending over 3 years. Though the sale of mainframe computers accounts for only 4% of their revenue, when all the mainframe-related software, services and storage are included, mainframe technology delivers about 25% of IBM’s revenue and more than 40% of its profits.