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Hawai'i's Punahou School Uses IBM to Aggressively Cut Energy Use

School Plans to Reduce Energy by 50%, Using IBM Systems That Replace Legacy Servers,

ARMONK, NY and HONOLULU, HI - 31 Oct 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawai'i have undertaken an aggressive energy reduction effort intended to cut Punahou's data-center power consumption in half by 2016. In order to accomplish this goal, Punahou has replaced its legacy servers with high-performance, low-power System x servers from IBM, running VMWare virtualization software.

Punahou School, a private school for grades K-12 in Hawai'i, has many notable graduates, including U.S. Presidential nominee Barack Obama and America Online co-founder Steve Case. In May 2008, the school's athletic program was named No. 1 in the nation by Sports Illustrated magazine. [1]

Punahou School has recently undertaken an initiative to reduce overall campus energy consumption 25 percent by 2010 and 50 percent by 2016. Working with IBM and IBM Business Partner, Commercial Data Systems (CDS), Hawai'i's leading IT Consultants, Punahou has implemented a new data center solution, centering around IBM System x3850 M2 servers running VMware virtualization software. This new solution will provide the performance, space consolidation and -- most importantly -- the energy reduction the school needs to meet its projected goals. CDS will be providing Punahou School's team with the necessary training to run the IBM systems and achieve their power and efficiency goals.

"Our effort to reduce energy on campus not only impacts the bottom line, but also sets an environmentally sound example for our students," said Wendi Kamiya, Punahou School CIO. "We will also be positioned to grow our data in the future while continuing to conserve our energy use."

The high performance and low power consumption of the IBM System x servers will enable Punahou to consolidate all of its physical servers onto three x3850 M2s while maintaining availability and data protection. The IBM solution will run all of Punahou's information systems -- everything from email applications to the school's student data system and external Web site. It will also be the information hub for the school's information needs, serving accounts payable as well as bus scheduling, student grading, and school healthcare information.

Based on X-Architecture, IBM's design blueprint for Intel-based servers, the System x3850 M2 is built with special features for fast performance and efficiency, allowing clients to support a large number of demanding business applications such as those for ERP and database on a single server. The system offers flexible scalability that allows clients to easily expand their system from 4 to 16 sockets, so clients can pay for more capacity only when they need it -- not upfront as with other vendors. IBM is the market leader in the Intel 4-socket segment by factory revenue, according to IDC. [2]

"Working with IBM, we were able to offer Punahou School a fully integrated solution that met their energy saving and efficiency needs," said Mark Gilbert, President of IBM Business Partner, CDS. "We feel confident that Punahou is in good hands today and in the future by partnering with CDS and IBM."

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Cary Barbour
IBM Media Relations
Office: (917) 472-3564
barbour@us.ibm.com

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1 [1] Sports Illustrated "Best High School Athletics Programs", May 2008

2 [2] Reported in the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker August 2008

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