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Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG (SDV) needed a reliable and cost-efficient platform with minimum downtime to operate large databases and state-of-the art software for banks.

Bernd Bohne, Department Head, Central Systems Technology, says: “Our clients require round-the-clock availability to provide reliable banking services to their private and corporate customers. Minimizing downtime in an event of disaster is crucial to avoid disruptions - and losses - in today’s fast-paced banking environment.”


SDV deployed two IBM z Systems server with IBM z/VM virtualization technology to consolidate Oracle Database and application servers on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems.

“We always evaluate different options, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems is the most cost-efficient platform for our Oracle Database workloads.” - Bernd Bohne.


Reduces total cost of ownership by about 50 percent, cuts administration effort and enables a team of three to manage 120 servers, accelerates deployment of new systems, and offers excellent availability by providing automated failover within seconds.

Oliver Röthinger, System Programmer and Administrator z/VM and Linux on z Systems, explains, “For high-performance applications where short network latency is essential, IBM z Systems is the ideal platform to run both database and application server in the same environment.”

The fault-tolerant architecture of IBM z Systems supports unmatched reliability, availability, and serviceability, not only for Oracle Database. “The great thing about IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex in combination with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems and all Linux workloads including Oracle Database software is that it just works reliably.” - Oliver Röthinger.

“Today, we deploy new systems quickly and scale systems as required – optimized virtual machine sizing helped us reduce our data center costs. IBM zEnterprise EC12 with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems is the perfect solution for us – it combines reliability and security features of IBM z Systems technology with the ease of use, stability and economics of Linux,” says Bernd Bohne.

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