IBM zEnterprise System Transforms Virtualized Computing

Supercomputers and mainframes can get somewhat overwhelming to the average consumer, but IBM's latest at least have a video to go along with them. The new contraption is called the zEnterprise mainframe server, which is a new systems design that allows workloads on mainframe, POWER7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system. It's not only the most powerful and energy-efficient mainframe ever, but it could lead to interesting new usage models for consumer PCs.

The new systems design combines IBM's new zEnterprise mainframe server with new technology--the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension and the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager--that enable it to manage workloads running across System z, and select POWER7 and System x servers. That may not sound like anything that affects you directly, but this concept definitely could. Just as SLI graphics card setups have revolutionized gaming, and just as multi-core processors have revolutionized the CPU universe, being able to thread unrelated hardware together in a similar fashion could potentially have huge ramifications in a variety of computing tasks.

Have a look at the video below. It's not too difficult to imagine this same sort of technology transforming the way average PCs are built and managed.