Embasa improves data flows with SAP and IBM

Published on 1 Dec 2012

The z196 and DS8800 can be doubled in capacity within the same physical footprint, ensuring that Embasa has plenty of room for growth. The z196 offers a powerful and highly scalable solution.

Humberto Sampaio, DB2 and z/OS Administration Manager, Embasa


Energy and Utilities

Deployment country



Empresa Baiana de Água e Saneamento S/A (Embasa) is a water supplier and water treatment utility operating in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Embasa manages one of the largest water treatment services in Brazil. Embasa provides drinking water for more than 94 percent of the population in its coverage area.

Business need
Sanitation services supplier Embasa wished to replace its legacy business management and operational software with modern commercial solutions. With operational data and millions of customer records managed cost-effectively by IBM DB2 on the IBM System z platform, the company needed to find a high-performance, cost-effective way to introduce new software while continuing with the tried and trusted database solution. Its proposed operational software package, SAP, runs on the Linux operating system, and Embasa was keen to avoid introducing additional server platforms and a complex IT landscape.

Embasa hosted SAP ERP applications for business management on Linux partitions on an IBM System z196, with their databases on IBM DB2 for z/OS. The company deployed IBM System Storage DS8800 for data management. This is the first implementation of Linux on the IBM System z platform in Brazil.

By implementing the new SAP applications and consolidating to the System z196, Embasa has simplified its IT infrastructure, making significant savings on data center energy, cooling and floorspace. The company has also reduced administration workload so that it saves one full-time employee equivalent.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

DB2 for z/OS, z/OS, z/VM

Storage, Storage: DS8800, System z, System z: zEnterprise 196 (z196)

IBM-SAP Alliance

BA - Business Intelligence, Energy Efficiency, Small & Medium Business

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