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IBM System z thinks it might be the right time to consider bringing the first-ever mainframe into your data center. System z’s growth in every key dimension shows mainframe viability despite shop ...

IBM System z thinks it might be the right time to consider bringing the first-ever mainframe into your data center. System z’s growth in every key dimension shows mainframe viability despite shop worn competitor critiques of our age, cost, and relevance.

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    • zEnterprise Freedom by Design For enterprises, good enough is not good enough.
    • 71% 10 of Global Fortune 500 billion of innovation dollars spent companies are System z in R&D of System z alone in last clients decade 64% 22 of U.S. Fortune 500 of the top 25 U.S. retailers companies are System z run on System z clients 50 9 of the top global banks of the top 10 global life/health run on System z insurance companies run on System z 80% 2/3 of the world’s corporate of business transactions for data resides or originates on U.S. retail banks run directly on System z System z• UNIFIED MANAGEMENT FOR A SMARTER SYSTEM• SCALE OUT TO A TRILLION INSTRUCTIONS PER SECOND• THE WORLD’S FASTEST AND MOST SCALABLE SYSTEM• IBM zENTERPRISE SYSTEM – A SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS THAT UNIFIES IT FOR PREDICTABLE SERVICE DELIVERY
    • IBM System z – Recent Client Experiences 1. Japan’s Panasonic.com replaces their distributed UNIX server sprawl with 6 System z, Linux and z/VM 2. Bank of Russia saves US$400 million per year by consolidating to IBM 7 System z9 3. UK’s Atos Origin chooses Linux on System z for high reliability and 8 performance System z 4. Marsh, world’s largest insurance broker reduces license costs with IFL on delivers massive 9 System z processing power 5. BC Card, Korea chose System z for the rock solid reliability, availability, and to run the entire 10 scalability it delivers data center 6. Westpac New Zealand gets proactive in the fight against fraud with ACI and 11 System z 7. BCBS Minnesota achieves a significant TCO reduction with virtualized Linux IBM System z thinks it might be the right time to consider bringing the first-ever mainframe into your data center. 12 on IBM System zSystem z’s growth in every key dimension shows mainframe viability despite shopworn competitor critiques of our 8. UK’s Computacenter adopts System z to reduce costs that their clients wereage, cost, and relevance. 13 demanding 9. UK’s HM Land Registry cuts batch processing time by 99% with IBM DB2 9Based on recent survey data, mainframe customers are using Linux • Security: This is where System z is unparalleled with its EAL 14 for z/OSon System z to host a very diverse set of workloads. A particularly 5 government ratings 10. National Registration Department of Malaysia boosts availability with Linux onpopular and “best fit” class of workload is database solutions • Space and Energy Use: About 1/3 to 1/4 what our 15like Oracle, DB2 for Linux, or other data-serving applications. The competition uses; like workloads IBM System zbusiness and technology profiles for these types of applications are • Throughput/Performance: 9445 transactions per second in 11. Belarusian Railways transforms operations and reporting with SAP and IBM Core Banking benchmarks 16well suited for System z: They tend to be business critical and I/O System zintensive, two hallmarks of mainframe computing. • Virtualization: New images in minutes/hours, not days; and 12. Brazil’s Fetranspor accelerates Rio transportation with IBM System z 17Mainframe virtualization support has been an essential element of utilization up to 100% • Linux®: > 2800 apps, useful for mission-critical workloads 13. IBM 3,900 Distributed Servers Mass-consolidation onto 33 System zits architecture since its inception in the 1960s. Over the course 18of many years, IBM has refined the System z infrastructure with with scalability + stability Mainframesa coordinated investment in hardware, firmware, hypervisors • Management: Business-goal based, not IT “rules-based” 14. Government of Quebec, DGTI’s highly successful Oracle consolidation on (meaning more flexibility) 19and operating systems to enable exceptional qualities of service System zfor hosting virtual servers. Much of the value clients attribute to • Business Continuity: “10” rating by Gartner, double HP’s the function-rich z/VM product is due to the “share everything, “distance” for recoveryrun anything” design of the System z ecosystem. “Good enough” • Roadmap Predictability: Steady flow of performance/did not spare the Malaysian and London stock exchanges from capacity increase + innovationpublicized outages just in the recent past. We don’t consider “good • Availability: IBM System z10™ is “out” 110.3 minutes per enough” an advantage to the server fire at Ameritrade. What we year; HP Superdome: 6x the outageask you: look at our System z attributes, model out your ownershipcosts with our help, and consider what IT must do to enable yourbusiness. IBM and System z will be there for you: during yourinfrastructure simplification and consolidation, your move to SOA and cloud computing, and your risk reduction, cost-savings, andservices improvement. System z is designed to deliver generationsof incredible value. Just look at our track record during good timesand bad.
    • Japan’s Bank of Panasonic.com Russia saves replaces their US$400 distributed million per UNIX server year by sprawl with consolidating System z, Linux to IBM and z/VM System z9Panasonic implemented the IBM WebSphere Commerce Suite demand with no disruption to their presence on the internet. As the central bank for the Russian Federation, the Bank of Russia The final test was to prove that we could provide a good service for (WCS) solution with DB2 UDB on Linux for System z under z/VM on In turn, IBM worked with Panasonic to also create a Web platform serves the interests of the state, the Russian people, and private the more remote areas in the Eastern part of Russia, so we movedan IFL-only configuration. This implementation replaced the sprawl for the company’s Plasma HDTV customer support program in June businesses. Its main responsibilities include supporting the Russian Chukotka, Kamchatka, Sakhalin, Vladivostock and Khabarovsk ontoof their distributed UNIX servers that were formerly running WCS 2006. The new online version of the Panasonic Plasma Concierge currency, managing the national payment system, overseeing theplatform. This was the turning point when we put it all togetherwith DB2 UDB. This also solved Panasonic.com’s problem of the program includes access to exclusive online content, personalized money and loans policies, and supervising the country’s financial and showed that it worked, the decision was taken to switch thelack of available power, cooling and floor space that had become product information, online priority service scheduling and service sector. With 78 regional offices, 800 local branches and entire country over to the consolidated platform.depleted by the distributed servers that the System z and z/VM updates. Panasonic is now investing more than $15 million in 70,000 employees, the Bank provides services for around “Using virtualization to consolidate more than 200 distributedreplaced. this unique program, including upgrading its customer call center 1,000 commercial banks and 20,000 state budget institutions servers on just four IBM System z9 mainframes is a greatNow Panasonic.com has complete control of the TCO in their data capabilities, enhancing its Web site and taking measures to improve across the Federation. dvantage in terms of hardware licensing and energy costs, andcenter and provides superior performance, scalability, security, and the overall customer experience which was all made possible by decommissioning the 74 existing data centers was another major their decision to implement WCS with DB2 UDB on System z with Tackling the challengereliability afforded by their System z Linux z/VM solution to their “The Russian Federation is huge. We have branch offices spread saving. In addition, we only need 200 full-time staff to run the newcustomers. Also peak seasonal buying demand can be easily Linux running under z/VM. environment, compared to 1,500 for the old systems and with a across eleven different time zones. There was initially someaccommodated by the System z and z/VM with on/off capacity on opposition to the idea of moving everything to two data centers in single software and hardware platform; we don’t need to maintain the European part of Russia, because people thought there would such a broad technical skill set,” says Mikhail Senatorov. be communications problems. However, by using a combination of Massive cost savings land and satellite telecommunications, we knew we could handle As a result of the improvements in operational and energy the traffic reliably. We quickly realized that IBM System z™ offered efficiency, the cost per transaction has been reduced from us more options than competing platforms. For example, payment 11 rubles to just 50 kopeks, a 95 percent reduction, saving around volumes are increasing year-on-year, so it was important to buy US$400 million per year. As transaction volumes are predicted to servers that could scale to meet the demand. With IBM System z, more than double by 2013, the savings will continue to increase instead of buying an oversized server and growing into it over the in the coming years. years, we only need to pay for what we use. As volumes increase, we can ask IBM to activate more processors within the mainframe “We are planning to consolidate further, to just four System z to deal with the demand.” mainframes by 2010, so we will continue to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. We will simply switch on more processors as and “Another unique selling point for IBM was its expertise with long- when we need them. We are currently using 17, and we calculate distance data replication for high availability, that we will need 42 by 2013; but since each machine can use as business resilience and disaster recovery. The two sites we chose many as 54, we have plenty of room for growth,” explains Mikhail for the new data centers are 1,000 kilometers apart, and we Senatorov. needed to be able to mirror data between them so that we could fail over from one to the other in case of disaster. IBM Global Mirror Mikhail Senatorov concludes: “Payments processing is really and Metro Mirror are the only technologies on the market that we only the first step. Now that we have the data in a single central trusted to do this job reliably,” explains Mikhail Senatorov, Deputy repository, there is almost no limit to what we can achieve in terms Chairman, Bank of Russia. of analytics which will help us monitor the financial sector more closely and react dynamically to changing economic conditions.” 6 7
    • UK’s Atos Origin Marsh, world’s chooses largest Linux on insurance System z broker for high reduces reliability and license costs performance with IFL on System zAtos Origin is a major international IT services provider, increases. The z10 IFL engines in the new ELS not only run Marsh is the world’s largest insurance broker and risk advisor, with we decided to run the numbers on both options. Our cost-benefitemploying 50,000 professionals in 40 countries. The company Linux environments approximately twice as fast as the previous 24,000 employee’s worldwide and annual revenues of almost analysis, which included hardware, software and operational costs,offers integrated design, builds and operates solutions to large generation they also offer around 40 percent more capacity, $5 billion. Its European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) business showed that a distributed architecture based on x86 cores wouldmultinational clients in targeted industry sectors, and has annual enabling us to expand our Linux footprint without increasing our units have their headquarters in London, and employ approximately be significantly more expensive than an IFL engine which showsrevenues of around £5.8 billion. The Atos Origin business approach costs,” says Colin Clews. 11,000 people. that it’s definitely worth investigating the System z Enterprise Linuxis based on establishing long-term partnerships that encourage Server option even for relatively small environments,” commentssuccess through mutual benefit. Faster recovery The IT team at Marsh realized that by introducing a new, simplified Tim Bennett, Project Manager Marsh.An important part of Atos Origin’s UK business is managed services “CBU is a great innovation. We now replicate customer data Web-based interface for their core contract management andfrom basic server hosting through to full lifecycle management for asynchronously to the second data center, and we can simply fiduciary accounting system known as Eurosys application, it would Boosting flexibilityboth hardware and applications. The company has several major IPL the backup. With CBU, we have brought our disaster recovery be much easier to persuade people to start using it. “During the development of the solution, the fact that we’re runningdata center operations, providing full 24x7 supports for business- capabilities in-house, and significantly improved the speed and it on the Enterprise Linux Server has been a real bonus.critical customer environments. ease of restoring our customer environments. Over five years, we Linux at low cost IBM z/VM enables us to set up new test and development partitions estimate that our disaster recovery costs will be reduced by as “We like to use Linux operating systems wherever possible, in a matter of minutes, so if we want to try something out, we canColin Clews, Technologies Manager, explains: “The System z much as 38 per cent,” comments Colin Clews. because the performance is excellent and the licensing costs are do it very quickly. This flexibility gives the Enterprise Linux Server aplatform is so reliable that we effectively don’t have to worry about low. Our first thought for this solution was to create a new Linux major advantage over a traditional distributed infrastructure, whereday-to-day maintenance and operations – so we can focus our Delivering the on-demand vision environment on standard x86-based servers – but when IBM you would need to purchase a new physical server for each newenergies on delivering better value to our managed customers. Our Colin Clews concludes: “With the ELS, our customers now have the proposed using a System z Enterprise Linux Server solution instead, environment,” comments Tim Bennett.customers have better performance, improved flexibility and better option of running their distributed Linux applications on a singledisaster recovery capabilities all with the usual ultra-high System z physical server. The high-speed internal networking of theavailability.” System z architecture can deliver dramatic improvements in throughput for this type of workload making integration tighter andAn ideal platform for Linux applications faster. With z/VM, we can provision new Linux servers very rapidly,“With a traditional distributed approach – even using the latest and measure capacity usage very precisely if customers needvirtualization-enabled x86 processors – you end up with a lot of more power, we can just turn it on almost instantly, and bill themunreliable boxes to manage. With the System z ELS, we can run accordingly. We think that the on-demand flexibility offered byhundreds of environments within a single physical footprint, and Linux on the IBM ELS platform will be very attractive to customerseasily deliver the 24x7 availability that our customers demand. who currently run large distributed server environments, enablingWith each new generation of IBM hardware, the price-performance them to reduce costs and increase responsiveness.” 8 9
    • Westpac BC Card, New Korea chose Zealand System z for gets the rock solid proactive reliability, in the fight availability, against and scalability fraud with it delivers ACI and System zBC Card, as Korea’s largest credit card service provider with a It evaluated the UNIX vendor’s latest and greatest system before the When, in the span of weeks, Westpac New Zealand’s fraud volume prospective customers that we can provide them the risk-freecustomer base of 40.26 million cardholders and 2.62 million company turned to the System z to handle its high volume, critical suddenly spiked, the adequacy of its fraud prevention solution service they need in the current financial climate,” explains Patrickmerchants, needed a computing platform flexible and scalable workloads. became a top priority for the bank’s senior management, which Cattermole, Manager Card Fraud Team.enough to handle global service expansion of high-quality payment Choosing the System z was determined to act fast. The bank’s ability to deploy Proactiveservices. The comprehensive IBM hardware, software, middleware package Risk Manager on its existing IBM System z infrastructure ensured Protection through intelligence had great appeal. BC Card, for instance, quickly began planning the superior performance, reliability and security, while avoiding the “Protecting ourselves and our customers requires us to stay oneThe company’s IT infrastructure, which relied on a set of aging development of new WebSphere applications. Making the decision need to invest in new infrastructure. step ahead of a threat that’s always changing. The intelligence anddistributed UNIX servers, posed a serious challenge. Even its UNIX even easier was the IBM System z Solution Edition program “Within a few days of implementing ACI’s Proactive Risk Manager, flexibility we gained with our new fraud solution has dramaticallyvendor, HP, was advising the company upgrade its UNIX servers if that provides a deeply discounted System z hardware/software/ it alerted us to fraud, which we were then able to prevent. improved the bank’s ability to identify and ultimately neutralize newit was going to handle fast growing, high performance, mission- middleware package, including three years of maintenance. Immediately, we were confident in assuring our customers and fraud schemes as they emerge,” Says Cattermole.critical workloads. In that case, BC Card managementdecided to revisit the IT platform question, not simply jump to the BC Card challenged two common assumptions:latest HP offering. 1) The incumbent vendor is most likely the best choice 2) The mainframe is an overpriced workhorse that is not priceThe Mainframe platform of choice for mission-critical work competitive with distributed platformsThe CIO of BC Card said it himself: “We chose System z for itscontinuous operation and service quality made available through After analyzing its needs in light of its strategic plans andIBM’s mainframe software solutions. He went on to say that the requirements for performance, reliability, scalability, security andexisting [distributed UNIX] platform would have risks in providing then benchmarking its options, it turned out that the System z wasstable services in the non-fault environment 24 hours a day, 365 the best option. That might not be the case in every situation, but itdays a year. In dealing with large-capacity operations so that more was for BC Card.than 8 million transactions can be handled a day, we thought theexisting platform has limitations even in performance.” 10 11
    • BCBS Minnesota UK’s achieves a Computacenter significant TCO adopts System z reduction with to reduce costs virtualized that their clients Linux on IBM were demanding System zBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSM) is the largest Equally, because the System z platform is so much more reliable Computacenter are the leading independent provider of services wanting to reduce costs for certain application workloads, andhealth plan in the state, providing health coverage to more than than our previous infrastructure, we no longer get any complaints in this area of datacenters optimization, virtualization and one that we feel comfortable will deliver the return on investment2 million members. With headquarters in Eagan, MN, and branch about performance and availability issues,” comments Ted Mansk. consolidation recommendation services that, in many cases, they that our clients are demanding. In the last couple of years, moreoffices in Arrowhead and Rochester, BCBSM employs 3,800 people Availability and disaster recovery underwrite. and more of our clients have been considering moving their coreand operates as a not-for-profit, taxable organization: more than “With the old distributed architecture, we would have struggled systems onto Linux, and have been asking for advice about the90 percent of the premiums it receives are paid back out for health to restore our application servers within 48 hours… With all The company has purchased an ELS System z server and installed right sort of infrastructure to support these Linux environments. Wecare claims. To maintain this high ratio of payouts to premiums these servers running on System z, we can perform a full disaster it in its Hatfield Solution Centre, where it will be used to run recognized that the IBM System z platform and in particular, theand provide the best possible value to its members, BCBSM puts recovery at our secondary data center within 90 minutes – proofs-of-concept, staging and load-testing for clients who want to new Enterprise Linux Server is a really compelling option that cancontinual downward pressure on its operational costs. BCBSM an improvement of nearly 97 percent. In addition, the ease of investigate the possibilities of moving to Red Hat Enterprise Linux or offer the highest levels of availability and cost-efficiency at theevaluated various UNIX® options, and also looked at Linux® on the maintenance also contributes to improving availability,” says Ted SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating systems on the same time, so we decided to work with IBM to extend our portfolioIBM System z mainframe platform. Mansk. System z platform. in this area.”“For several years, we had been running our IBM DB2® databaseson the IBM System z® platform but our applications servers, “The Hatfield Solution Centre is a leading-edge resource and gives More efficient storageincluding those for SAP ERP, were running in a Microsoft® Realizing the cost savings us a real advantage over our competitors. With the addition of the By combining the ELS platform with IBM XIV Storage SystemWindows® environment on Intel® processor-based hardware from “When we performed the initial cost-benefit calculation, we did not ELS to our portfolio, we can design and test solutions that leverage technology, clients can also benefit from considerable TCO HP. Since Microsoft releases patches for Windows about once a factor in the maintenance and supportcosts, or the cost of power, System z technologies and help our clients find the best reductions across their storage estate. XIV deployments canmonth, we needed to invest a sizeable amount of time to keep the cooling and server room space. The savings in these areas are infrastructure to meet the needs of their business. For example, deliver TCO savings in excess of 70 percent compared with moreoperating systems current. This caused downtime for the business likely to be considerable. For example, we only need 1.5 full-time we see Oracle consolidation as a major selling point for the ELS conventional storage subsystems.as well. We decided to investigate some other options and see if we employees to manage the entire System z Linux environment platform. So many of our clients are running Oracle databases oncould find a cost-effective solution that would avoid these issues,” which would be unthinkable if they were looking after 140 physical a jumble of inefficient x86 and Unix servers, and there’s a huge Enormous cost reductionsexplains Ted Mansk, Director of Infrastructure Engineering and servers,” comments Ted Mansk. opportunity for us to help them reduce complexity while making “We expect to see consolidation ratios in the region of nearlyDatabases at BCBSM. “Equally, in terms of energy efficiency, the System z not only significant savings on per-processor licensing costs. Consolidating 30-to-1 per processor when consolidating distributed x86 servers.“We did our due diligence and spoke to a lot of other companies enables cost savings it also helps us reduce our impact on the multiple servers onto single ELS can reduce power and cooling This means we expect our customers to see significant savingsabout how they constructed their application server landscapes. environment. We take a lot of pride in being good corporate citizens, requirements by up to 90 percent,” says Paul Casey, Datacenter derived from reductions in server footprints, lower softwareThe feedback we received was that Linux on System z was one of so anything we can do to make the organization more sustainable Platforms Practice Leader at Computacenter. costs and a flexible and simplified infrastructure which is easy tothe most stable platforms imaginable: none of the references had is a major benefit.” manage,” concludes Paul Casey, Datacenter Platforms Practiceever experienced a serious outage. Our own experience of running Neill Burton, Solutions Director at Computacenter, comments: “We Leader at Computacenter.DB2 on z/OS® on the System z platform bears this out – you don’t see the IBM System z platform as a key target platform for clients Looking to the futurehave to worry about it, it just works,” comments Ted Mansk. “From every perspective, running applications under Linux on System z makes sense for our organization. Performance, reliability,“Even without factoring in the maintenance and support costs disaster recovery, server provisioning and cost efficiency have allwhich would be considerable for a large estate of physical seen dramatic improvements helping BCBSM deliver better serviceservers we found that running a virtualized Linux environment on and better value to its members across the state,” says Ted Mansk,System z would be somewhere between 30 and 50 percent less Director of Infrastructure Engineering and Databases at BCBSM.expensive than a distributed architecture. Suddenly, the choice ofinfrastructure had become an easy decision,” says Ted Mansk.Advantages of virtualization“Since the move to Linux on System z, we’ve received some reallypositive feedback from the business. Users really appreciate thefact that when they need something, we can now get to work on itat once, instead of having to wait weeks for new hardware to arrive. 12 13
    • UK’s HM Land National Registry Registration cuts batch Department processing of Malaysia time by 99% boosts with IBM DB2 availability 9 for z/OS with Linux on IBM System zHM Land Registry is a United Kingdom government agency that are key to the HM Land Registry’s strategic move toward e-services. Established in 1948, the National Registration Department of JPN selected a new IBM System z10 BC to activate an IBMmaintains and develops a stable, effective land registration system. They enable us to offer services online quickly and securely with less Malaysia (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara Malaysia or JPN) is Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engine to provide a highly availableHM Land Registry provides an online portal for creating and staff overhead. A number of features in DB2 9 for z/OS streamline our the government agency responsible for registering important environment for new SUSE Linux Enterprise Server workloads. JPNmaintaining information on land and property ownership across existing functions and enable new ones, resulting in higher availability demographic events such as births, deaths, adoptions, marriages migrated its SAL application to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. TheEngland and Wales. As a public-facing, government organization, and reduced costs. Many businesses and organizations face a and divorces; and issues identity cards to those eligible. Employing entire project was completed on time, within four months, and withHM Land Registry makes it a top priority to maintain high availability decreasing batch window, so having utilities that are more efficient, over 3,000 people, JPN is headquartered in Putrajaya, Malaysia. the technical implementation conducted in just two weeks.and high levels of security and resilience across its business, and using less CPU while lowering elapsed time, will really help us movewithin its database and database platforms. Started as a concept in forward in decreasing that batch window while still maintaining As the custodian of Malaysia’s population data, JPN custom- Enjoying the benefits2001, HM Land Registry’s E-conveyancing allows site users to be part the database. We have increasing use of XML in interactions with built a sophisticated application referred to as the Statistics and “Our IT staff’s workload has been eased considerably since theof a network to share information and conduct transactions securely. customers, and with the XML data type capability of DB2 9 for z/OS Data Extraction Request Management System (SAL), designed to deployment of the IBM System z10. Whereas previously much ofInformation can be shared electronically, errors and discrepancies are we can now store that data in the correct format,” notes Maria McCoy, automatically manage, calculate and distribute responses to data their time was taken up with dealing with user complaints andidentified and rectified sooner, and electronic deeds and documents Solution Coordinator, HM Land Registry. extraction and statistical requests. The existing infrastructure, crashes to the SAL application, now we can focus on other morecan be signed with electronic signatures, leading to faster registration based on a desktop machine proved not powerful enough to reliably productive work and simply trust the IBM solution to consistentlyof sales and ownership and earlier protection of land owner interests. Benefits support the new application, causing access issues and slow perform,” says Laila Binti Abdul Majid. • 99% reduction in batch processing time, from two minutes to less response times.The agency depends on its IBM System z mainframes for the than one second Naziha Hifziani Binti Sapari, IT Officer continues, “Compared toavailability and security it needs. In addition, the IBM System z • Streamlined business functions result in higher availability at Laila Binti Abdul Majid, Chief Assistant Director at JPN, explains, the previous infrastructure, since July 2010, response times havehardware provides support for logical partitioning, enables a high reduced costs “We were receiving complaints about the system crashing while improved dramatically both for our existing mainframe systems anddegree of scalability through Parallel Sysplex, DB2 for z/OS Data users were halfway through a query, losing valuable data. We for the new workload on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. It is now soSharing and a disk mirroring system that the agency uses to protect “There are quite a few benefits in DB2 9 for z/OS available right out simply could not afford these kinds of delays. Information stored much quicker to use the SAL application than to perform queriesproperty and land data while exploiting it to the very best use. The of the box. The sheer stability of the code enabled the smoothest in the system is urgently needed to be supplied to the agencies or manually. Our entire workforce has been converted andagency has two IBM System z mainframes housed in separate migration we have ever had in the history of Land Registry,” says ministries due to urgent request from key agencies like the Prime 100 percent now use SAL.”buildings, and a third located a distance away as a disaster recovery Maria McCoy, Solution Coordinator, HM Land Registry. Minister’s Office, Parliament and Ministries.” “Adopting Linux on System z has allowed us to enjoy manysite. benefits. It is both secure and highly cost-effective, as we are“As a government agency we must maintain availability, but also must Moving to open source technology capitalizing on investments already made, and both these featuresbe aware that we are spending public money. We want to make sure “We knew being the first in Malaysia to move to SUSE Linux are big concerns for a government department like JPN. Moreover,any expense results in reduced total cost of ownership. IBM solutions Enterprise Server on System z was a move not without its risks, but the SAL application was developed fully in-house using 100 percent after attending a number of seminars run by IBM we decided the license-free software, supporting the government’s open source potential benefits far outweighed the risks. A general governmental policy,” explains Zakaria Awi, IT Director at JPN. policy encouraging the use of open source software also encouraged us to break new ground, arnassing the advantages of Linux whilst gaining the super-fast processing power of IBM System z10,” comments Nurul Ashikin Binti Subli, Deputy IT Director at JPN. 14 15
    • Belarusian Brazil’s Railways Fetranspor transforms accelerates operations Rio and reporting transportation with SAP and with IBM IBM System z System zBelarusian Railways is the organization responsible for the organization runs 24 hour a day, seven days a week. We need Fetranspor (Federação das Empresas de Transportes de Passageiros Fetranspor has built a modern, highly reliable ticketing system thatmaintenance and operation of the 5,500 km rail network in Belarus. to have continuous access to data at all times, not just financial do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, www.fetranspor.com.br) is the public has cut our ticketing costs by around 1.5 percent, representingSituated in the centre of Europe, Belarus is a vital hub for the data, but also data for materials management, asset management, transport authority in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, dedicated to around US $500,000 in cost-savings per month. The solution alsoflow of people and cargo across the continent. The Belarusian maintenance, and so on. In our opinion, only IBM System z could “better transport, better quality of life.” The organization makes it easier for ticket buyers and speeds the journeys of therail network is directly linked with those in Poland (via a break- reliably handle the enormous number of transactions and offer co-rdinates the activities of ten groups of unions, which combined traveling public.”of-gauge), Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine and onwards to permanent availability. Equally, System z was the only platform that are responsible for more than 80 percent of public transportation in He adds, “The new system has reduced ticket purchase time with aWestern Europe and Asia. Cargo traffic on the network is currently could handle unpredictable peaks in demand without any risk of Rio de Janeiro state. growing proportion of ticket sales being made online. Boarding busydoubling every 36 months, and both domestic and international failure,” explains Igor Otliga. buses and trains are now faster, using the RioCard swipe, while lostpassenger numbers are growing. The bus network is very large: some 19,000 vehicles travel on more or stolen cards can be immediately blocked, reducing fraud and “IBM System z provides a totally stable and reliable platform for than two thousand lines and inter-city routes, completing more than our mission critical SAP data, enabling us to manage enormous loss of revenues.”Belarusian Railways is an umbrella organization covering more 10 million passenger trips daily, of which more than 4 million arethan 200 different enterprises, and its responsibility is to integrate transactional volumes with ease. One of the key advantages of free journeys for pensioners, students and the disabled. Issuing, running the SAP databases on the mainframe is that DB2 9 for Zapping through transactionstheir activities and enable consolidated management. For example, checking and validating tickets for such a vast number of travelers Soares says, “The ZAAP engines give us excellent price-a cargo consignment will pass through many different operating z/OS is certified by SAP and offers very close integration with the were expensive and complicated and frustrating for customers ERP software. There are more than 50 embedded features in DB2 performance for our Java applications and enable them to benefitregions, with appropriate transfers and, of course, revenue standing in line. Fetranspor wanted to streamline its ticketing from the core qualities of the mainframe: high availability andallocations, and involving extremely complex material and financial that help optimize SAP requests, ensuring that it delivers optimal operations, reduce fraud and cut costs, and at the same time performance. The key benefit of using SAP ERP is that it security.”flows. improve the customer experience. maintains a consistent set of information about all business Smarter ticketingIgor Otliga, Data Centre Manager at Belarusian Railways, explains: activities in a single place,” says Igor Otliga. “There is no longer Arthur Soares, Director of Technology at Fetranspor, says, “The IBM System z, DB2 with related tools and WebSphere“We needed to support highly complex financial and material any need for lengthy manual consolidation of data, which not only “System z, WebSphere and DB2 are at the heart of our solution has helped us to deliver lower ticketing costs and betterflows across the rail network, and to be able to eliminate the accelerates reporting and reduces administration costs but also modernization of public transport ticketing in Brazil. The ticketing management information, meeting all our goals for the RioCardfragmentation and delays in reporting. In order to orchestrate the significantly improves accuracy by eliminating rekeying errors. With applications handle more than 1.5 million card swipes a day, and program. DB2 and WebSphere on the System z platform offer usmutual activities of the enterprises that operate the rail network, it consolidated information provided by the SAP solution, we have the validation points on buses, subway and in train stations read excellent stability and performance, at low total cost of ownership,”was vital to have a single software tool capable of linking together achieved the required transparency and unification of business over 2 million swipes daily. With IBM and Montreal Informática, says Soares.the underlying business processes and enabling rapid, transparent processes across the railway network.”top-level reporting.” Running a better railwayAs the new SAP environment would need to offer round-the- “IBM System z provides a totally stable and reliable platform forclock availability and the ability to manage enormous peaks in our mission-critical SAP data, enabling us to manage enormoustransactions, Belarusian Railways realized that only the transactional volumes with ease,” says Igor Otliga, Data CentreSystem z environment would provide a suitable platform for the Manager, Belarusian Railways.SAP databases. “Almost every functional aspect of our distributed 16 17
    • IBM 3,900 Government of Distributed Quebec DGTI Servers Mass- Distributed Consolidation to System z onto 33 Consolidation System z Highlights MainframesIBM operates the world’s largest, most sophisticated, data virtualization, an average 120:1 server consolidation. Government of Quebec, DGTI’s highly successful Oracle • Dramatically faster provisioning:center operation, with 8,000,000+ sq. ft. of data center space, to • 92% less hardware needed for System z solution. onsolidation on System z DGTI (La Direction Generale – New z/VM Linux virtual server takes 30 minutes.support its 350,000 staff and thousands of IT services customers. • 80% energy savings over present distributed server set-up pour le’ Traitement de Informatique), which provides IT Distributed was 1 week to 3 months.Since 1997, the company had already consolidated its strategic infrastructure/services to 125 offices and agencies (large – New z/VM Oracle DB instance cloned/installed takes anticipated, enough to power a small town.worldwide data centers down from 155 to 7 (a 22:1 data center and small) of the Government of Quebec,Canada. The DGTI 30-45 minutes on. Was 10-14 hours on Sun.consolidation ratio). The IBM data centers in Poughkeepsie (New • Over 85% data center floor-space reduction for mainframe had experienced considerable problems with its mixed, • Highly-successful Oracle DB consolidation. Now doingYork), Southbury (Connecticut), Boulder (Colorado), Portsmouth (UK), solution anticipated. 450 distributed servers,estate. Numerous OSs were in WAS & Lotus/Domino distributed-to-System z workloadsOsaka (Japan) and Sydney (Australia) will participate in this major, • 40%+ five-year TCO savings from energy, software, and system use, in diverse versions, and ditto their middleware/other migration.distributed-server-to-System z consolidation initiative. support costs over current systems TCO projected. software. This diversity needed extensive support staff • 30% minimum cost savings to date, 2-year payback on • Commercial TCO model used to estimate financial savings. effort to maintain because of its software complexity. Some z9 investment 50% faster than expected.IBM Project Big Green – Distributed to System z Consolidation older software products still in use were no longer vendor- • 2 Linux administrators easily supporting 200 virtual • Application workloads migrating: WebSphere Application,Highlights supported; a substantial vulnerability. Critically, affordable servers.100 virtual/servers per administrator. Process and Portal Server, SAP applications, DB2 database DR/BC coverage was not technically or economically • Huge software license reductions gave biggest savings. • 3,900 distributed servers (UNIX and x86/x64) being consolidated applications, and Lotus Domino collaboration. Distributed feasible for most of the distributed estate, leaving critical 92% fewer on Oracle DB, 91% fewer on WAS. down onto 33 System z mainframes. servers ran serious application workloads; averaging 5.9 CPU Quebec Government agency/office applications on these All of the above were accomplished in just 4 months. • 23,000 processor cores on distributed systems to 1,782 cores/distributed server capacity each. platforms with no viable backup/recovery provision. System z IFL processors, a 13:1 CPU consolidation ratio. • 33 System z EC all-IFL mainframes, running Linux-on-z/VM Government of Quebec DGTI Distributed to System z DGTI Oracle to z/VM consolidation project won Share Consolidation Highlights 2007 Award for Excellence in technology. • Serious distributed server estate issues, including: The Quebec Government and the DGTI already view this – Too many OS, too many versions, much unsupported project as a major success. It is continuing to migrate many software, too diverse. more Oracle workloads onto its System z9 EC, and is now – Too support intensive, distributed skills hard to find in undertaking similar migrations of WAS and Lotus/Domino Quebec. workloads off distributed platforms onto the System z – DR/BC not practical/affordable, many applications not mainframe. covered, etc. Acceptance has been excellent throughout the organization, • New strategy: migrate/consolidate distributed server Oracle database performance on I/O, and on DB loading, is workloads onto System z with Linux–on-z/VM. much faster than previously, and affordable DR/BC has been • Oracle DB application consolidation from distributed to a applied for more critical applications. new System z, was 1st major phase • Now run 200 Oracle DB instances, 150 Linux virtual machines, on new z9 EC. 18 19
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