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IBM ZIBM's family of 64-bit mainframes, introduced in 2000 as the zSeries. IBM mainframes are robust, mission critical computer systems that run under IBM's z/OS or z/VM operating systems, as well as Linux.
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In 2000, IBM's z/Architecture was a major upgrade to the previous ESA/390 mainframes, and the "Z" designation was chosen to reflect zero downtime as models include duplicate parts that take over if the first one fails.
The first Z mainframe was the high-end 900 line, followed in 2002 by the zSeries 800, geared to the mid-size customer. Following is a list of "Z" models over the years. The enterprise class designation refers to high-end machines. See z/OS, zEnterprise, z/Architecture, IBM branding and System/390.
Year MainframeIntro. Model Class 2018 System z14 3907 Enterprise 2017 System z14 3906 Enterprise 2016 System z13 2965 Enterprise 2015 System z13 2964 Enterprise 2013 zEnterprise BC12 Business 2012 zEnterprise EC12 Enterprise 2011 zEnterprise 114 Enterprise 2010 zEnterprise 196 Enterprise 2008 System z10 EC Enterprise 2008 System z10 BC Business 2006 System z9 BC Business 2005 System z9 EC Enterprise 2004 zSeries 890 Business 2003 zSeries 990 Enterprise 2002 zSeries 800 Business 2000 zSeries 900 Enterprise
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