UPDATED: IT refresh sees DCIS purchase new IBM mainframe

Deploys mid-range zBC12 system

The Australia Northern Territory Government Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) will adopt the IBM zEnterprise BC12 to improve efficiency dividends and reliability across its core database systems, making it one of the first organisations to do so.

The zBC12 – encompassing the single-draw H06 model with two 4.2GHz hexacore chips, and the two-draw H14 product with four of the same chip – is a business-class server targeted at IBM’s mid-sized clients.

With responsibility for a range of NT Government data systems, including accounting, personnel and vehicle registration, the DCIS sought a reliable and secure mainframe platform as part of its regular four-year IT refresh.

It purchased one H13 model which is priced from $250,000, although IBM did not reveal the total value of the contract.

According to a statement, the zBC12 was selected for its cost-effectiveness and enhanced machine efficiency.

“With significant and rising transaction volumes across the department, our infrastructure needs to enable fast, reliable access to data which can drive down costs while also improving levels of service,” DCIS NT Government datacentre services director, Scott Thomson, said.

“Taking an early-adopter approach to technology has always been a priority for DCIS, particularly given our portfolio’s focus on immediate and reliable transfers of often-sensitive information.”

“Following rigorous trials of the zBC12, both test and production systems, we are confident that its significant advancements will contribute not only to our internal efficiencies, but to the quality of support we can deliver to the agencies that rely on us,”