Dundee City Council

City government discovers the outstanding reliability of Linux on System z

Published on 7 Jul 2014

You can sum up moving to System z in one sentence: it’s easy and cost-effective, so go ahead.

Tim Simpson, IT Infrastructure Manager, Dundee City Council

Customer
Dundee City Council

Industry
Government

Deployment country
United Kingdom

Partner
Oracle

Overview

Dundee is the fourth-largest city in Scotland, the United Kingdom, home to 145,000 citizens, a number which surges by 20,000 students during university term-time. The population is served with a wide range of municipal services overseen by the city council.

Business need
Challenged to do more with less, Dundee City Council identified IT as an area in which it could cut costs. How could the council make cost savings without impacting the quality of service to citizens?

Solution
The council consolidated its Oracle Database environment supporting critical services from distributed servers to an IBM® zEnterprise® BC12 platform, dramatically improving efficiency.

Benefits
Ten years of 24/7 availability ensuring citizens can always access the services they need; centralized management enabled a ten-fold workload increase to be managed without increasing staff.

Components

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

Software
z/VM

Hardware
System z, System z: Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), System z: System z running Linux, System z: System z running Linux - SUSE, System z: System z running z/VM, System z: zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12), IFL

Services
GTS Technical Support Services: Hardware Maintenance

Solution
Govt: Government, State/Provincial/Local Transformation, Energy Efficiency, High Availability, Information Management Foundation, Server Consolidation, Small & Medium Business, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server, Workload Management

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