The City and County of Honolulu creates a customized cloud

Using IBM System z and reducing licensing costs by up to 68 percent

Published on 7 Sep 2012

Working with IBM enabled us to take an innovative approach. Instead of following the long processes of other governments or even the private sector, we were able to get things up and running quickly.

Gordon J. Bruce, director and CIO of the Department of Information Technology, City and County of Honolulu

City and County of Honolulu


Deployment country
United States

Sirius Computer Solutions


A city that evokes the image of a high-rise skyline in the middle of paradise, Honolulu, Hawaii has recently been undergoing a technological transformation. In November 2011, the Center for Digital Government recognized Honolulu as the top digital city in the US in the large-city category. This recognition is impressive, considering that in November 2004, the city evaluated its IT and network systems as being underfunded and out of date.

Business need
The City and County of Honolulu needed to increase government transparency by providing useful, timely data to its citizens. The city’s goal was to improve citizen involvement, the city’s service to its citizens and the efficiency of city operations.

Working with IBM and IBM Business Partner Sirius Computer Solutions, Honolulu deployed a custom cloud using an Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engine running Linux on the city’s IBM System z10® Enterprise Class mainframe. Honolulu also implemented an IBM XIV® Storage System and IBM Maximo® Asset Management, IBM Tivoli® OMEGAMON®, Tivoli Workload Scheduler and Tivoli Storage Manager software.

The IBM solution reduced application deployment time from one week to only hours, lowered licensing costs for one database by 68 percent and enabled creation of a new property tax appraisal system and increased tax revenue by USD$1.4 million in just three months.


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

Maximo Asset Management, Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS, Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Workload Scheduler

Storage: TS3500 Tape Library, Storage: TS7720 Tape Server, Storage: TS7740 Virtualization Engine, Storage: XIV, z Systems: Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL)

Govt: Constituent Access, Govt: Finance and Taxation, Govt: Government Accountability - Cost Efficiency, Govt: Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Asset and Facilities Management, Cloud Computing, , Mobile, , Smarter Computing, Storage Consolidation, System z Software, Virtualization - Applications, Virtualization - Network, Workload Management

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