When it comes to IT Hardware – Enterprise generally refers to Servers, Data Storage Devices, Networking Equipment, and other hardware used to build your IT infrastructure. One of the biggest issues with definitions surrounding Enterprise Hardware, is that in most cases they leave us with more questions than when we started.
In reality, each one of those items (Servers, Storage, Networking, etc.) each have a specific use case, and simply placing the word “Enterprise” on the product does not define the meaning. Lets give Enterprise Hardware some meaning.
Enterprise IT, also known as enterprise-class IT, is hardware and software designed to meet the demands of a large organization. In comparison to consumers and small companies, an enterprise has greater requirements for:
We want to focus on IBM, as many refer to enterprise hardware maintenance as covering the data center “wall to wall”. And the IBM mainframe is still “Big Iron” within the data center walls.
With IBM Enterprise Hardware Maintenance it starts with the zSeries mainframe Central Processing Units (CPU’s) are at the top of the list, and filters down to the Power Systems Servers including the iSeries, pSeries and down to the xSeries.
Along with the Enterprise Mainframes and Power System Servers, there are also the Enterprise Storage, Tape Subsystems, Virtual Tape Subsystems, XIV’s and Tape Libraries that comprise the full spectrum of Enterprise Equipment