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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 System z.
“We always evaluate different options, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z 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 System z 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 System z 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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Banking / Financial Services
- Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG
“We always evaluate different options, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z is the most cost-efficient platform for our Oracle Database workloads.” - Bernd Bohne, Department Head, Central Systems Technology, Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG
- ABK-Systeme GmbH
“The combination of IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation, IBM z Systems, IBM WebSphere Application Server and IBM DB2 software has provided the ideal platform for our move into the mobile applications space.” - Ulrich Buch, CTO, ABK-Systeme
- America First Credit Union - Building a thriving member base on next-generation infrastructure
Upgraded to IBM zEnterprise EC12 servers running core banking workload on IBM z/VSE alongside applications on Linux with IBM DB2 database, with IBM Tivoli software to protect data against loss.
- Banca Carige
“Running our mobile banking service on Linux on zEnterprise is another step forward in our continual evolution on the mainframe. The key value for our business is that the most important services can be managed together on a consistent, stable and highly secure platform that offers enormous scalability and performance.” — Daniele Cericola, ICT Governance Manager, Banca Carige.
- Banrisul maintains market edge with highly scalable IBM technology
Banrisul consolidated its Oracle database workloads to IBM System z servers running Linux. The advanced IBM System z virtualization delivers required scalability and performance needed to support growing numbers of clients and to improve time-to-market for new products and services.
- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) develops robust SOA platform utilizing WebSphere Message Broker and Linux for System z
The SOA solution employed the IBM zEnterprise 196 mainframe as its platform, divided by logical partitioning, with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the operating system. An MQ-based, high throughput messaging backbone was then built using IBM WebSphere Message Broker. Along with the rapid increase in services, BTMU has seen growth in the reuse of existing services, with 18 percent of services currently being reused.
- Banco Pastor
Banco Pastor host DB2 and SAP ERP HCM on just two dedicated IBM System z10 servers. The z10 servers also host IBM Lotus Domino and IBM Lotus Notes services in additional logical partitions.
- Bank of New Zealand - Red Hat case study
Migration Path: From distributed Intel and SUN SPARC servers to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 running under z/VM on IBM z9 and z10 mainframes. Recovered 30 percent of datacenter floor space. Reduced power consumption by 38 percent. 20 percent return on investment (ROI) over the life of the platform. Simplified, more efficient deployment.
- Bankia gains innovative insights to boost competitiveness
Bankia chose to run the IBM InfoSphere software on Linux on System z, which combines the open standards of Linux with the power and resilience of the IBM System z mainframe. The virtualized Linux on System z solution plays a crucial role in helping Bankia to roll out new IT systems at each of its banks rapidly, and to adhere to a strict deployment deadline.
- EFiS EDI Finance Service AG boosts business flexibility and efficiency
EFiS EDI Finance Service AG implemented an IBM System z Solution Edition for Enterprise Linux based on a new IBM zEnterprise 114 server. The improved processor utilization levels and reduced investment in costly software licence fees deliver instant cost savings. It also uses IBM WebSphere software to manage its application environment.
- Halkbank - Extending banking services on social and mobile channels securely and cost-effectively
To tackle business growth, new web and mobile channels, and changing regulations, Halkbank is deploying new environments alongside its core banking systems on the IBM mainframe.
- Halkbank Turkey – SUSE case study (PDF, 453KB)
“Implementing a single platform for our application server environment will play a huge role in reducing complexity in our IT environment,” said AYHAN YALKUT, IT Division Manager, Halkbank Turkey.
- Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation successfully implemented the Finacle™ core banking solution from Infosys on Linux on IBM System z with DB2 for z/OS to transform its business and leverage new growth opportunities in an increasingly competitive consumer banking market.
- Sicoob avoids USD 1.5 million in annual costs with IBM
Sicoob is one of a growing number of businesses that use IBM z/VM to run Linux virtual server landscapes; today, more than 3,000 applications worldwide run on Linux on System z. They created a virtualized Linux landscape running more than 300 production environments on two IBM System z 196 servers, and deployed IBM DB2, IBM InfoSphere DataStage and IBM Cognos software. With its mature virtualization technology, the IBM System z platform supports Sicoob in creating an “industrial production line” that allows the bank to deploy new services securely, rapidly and at minimal incremental cost.
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- Traxpay creates financial transactions service for global corporates
Traxpay customers gain real-time, 24/7 insights into their exact cash position, at less than one tenth of the cost of traditional transactions. The speed of financial information delivery and analysis is now aligned with business information generated by EDI and related interchanges.
- Zions Bancorporation
"zEnterprise positions us to provide anything the business needs both now and in the future."—Toby C. Wolf, Vice President, Group Manager – Mainframe Operations Services, Zions Bancorporation
With solutions from IBM such as the Enterprise Cloud System – which can accommodate more than 6,000 VMs – we can offer clients the cost-effective scalability they need to take their business to the next level.“ - Steve Groom, CEO of Vissensa.
EVERTEC trusts in the leading reliability and security of the IBM z Systems running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z to support key financial systems and Oracle databases.
- L3C LLP
“IBM z Systems is the most cost-effective platform for large Oracle workloads. Whether our customers need to consolidate or isolate processes, our Oracle services would be impossible without it. ” - Lubo Cheytanov, founder and co-owner, L3C LLP.
- Business Connexion - SUSE case study
The ability to run multiple virtual servers side-by-side on a single mainframe processor ensures low software costs for the solution, enabling Business Connexion to offer a powerful solution at a highly competitive price.
- EVRY - Enabling financial services clients to meet growing demand
Working together with an IBM team, the company deployed two IBM zEnterprise EC12 servers configured with Linux, z/OS, IBM DB2 for z/OS, IBM CICS and IBM IMS for its clients’ production landscapes, and a third as a disaster recovery environment.
- GaVI – SUSE case study
"With the availability of the IBM Integrated Faculty for Linux (IFL) processors, we had for the first time the opportunity to run Lotus Domino on SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server for IBM System z—and when we did the calculations, this turned out to be a very cost-effective option," said Müller-Ahlheim, Head of Infrastructure Technology and Databases at GaVI.
- gkd-el boosts SAP system throughput by 270 per cent and cuts costs by 30 per cent
Total cost of ownership has been reduced by 30 per cent with the help of zIIP and IFL technology. System z and System Storage technologies help gkd-el to maintain a flexible yet easy-to-manage infrastructure, provision new Linux on System z application servers within minutes, and balance workload efficiently.
- IBM - Building innovative employee digital experience
IBM created an employee-facing digital experience using IBM Connections and IBM WebSphere Portal software, running on Linux for System z virtual machines. Using the mainframe for social business saves an estimated 60 to 75 percent on the cost of a distributed solution.
- IBM is harnessing business analytics and data warehousing on System z
Blue Insight uses a suite of IBM Business Analytics - Cognos, SPSS - and Information Management software running on the IBM System z platform, which delivers the highest possible levels of performance, availability, security and scalability.
- IBM Midmarket Integrated Management System
IBM sales management systems for IBM’s midmarket space reduce support and infrastructure costs via private cloud deployment. The new system provides reports with key metrics to managers so they can manage business globally.
- IBM Treasury Operations
IBM global treasury operations centralized its operations on a single platform to improve analytics and increase control and efficiency. The platform includes a data warehouse and facilitates global visibility into and reporting on global treasury operations. The system serves as a unified gateway for all banking communication via SWIFT as well.
- Rock-solid reliability with SAP Banking applications on IBM zEnterprise
A jointed development team developed the IBM entry cloud configuration for SAP solutions on zEnterprise. The development team works closely with the joint quality assurance team at SAP, and for example with the IBM and SAP International Competence Center in Walldorf, Germany, the IBM Silicon Valley Lab on the DB2 database, the z/OS developers in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the teams working on Linux on System z at the IBM Lab Boeblingen, Germany.
- Volvo IT Delivers: An Interview With Volvo Group’s Per Johansson
Earlier this year, Mainframe Executive had an opportunity to talk with Per Johansson, senior manager of Mainframe Global Infrastructure & Operations. Johansson leads the mainframe operations of Volvo Information Technology (Volvo IT).
- ZIVIT achieves aggressive recovery point objective with IBM solution
To support its computing needs across several locations, the company has more than 400 Linux guest operating systems using the IBM z/VM virtualization environment on the z196 mainframes. Given the volume and nature of the information it manages and its zeal for continuous improvement, ZIVIT wanted to improve data availability, disaster recovery capabilities and data integrity within its hardware environment. The xDR feature within the GDPS/PPRC mainframe solution provides automated failover and rapid recovery of the client’s business-critical applications and data, including those solutions running in a Linux operating system environment on the System z platform.
Energy & Utilities
- Embasa improves data flows with SAP and IBM
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.
- Gruppo API - SUSE case study
Gruppo API consolidated numerous distributed servers running SAP and other business-critical systems to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z running on an IBM z10 Enterprise Class mainframe.
Consolidating from 204 x86 processor cores to 17 IFLs cuts Oracle licensing costs by a factor of 12. Fewer physical servers means a more manageable Linux landscape and lower hardware lifecycle costs.
- Canada Department of National Defence (51KB)
This Independent Assessment case study looks at how a visionary, dedicated mainframe team turned an end-of-life mainframe situation around and elevated the mainframe in the eyes of the DND to true hybrid enterprise hosting.
Leveraging Mainframes (PDF, 4.9MB)
- Dundee City Council
Dundee City Council embraced a more cost-efficient way to guarantee 24/7 availability for the Oracle Database environment supporting its critical services by consolidating its existing distributed server to an Enterprise Linux Server environment, ensuring 100 percent availability.
- eThekwini Municipality - SUSE case study
“Equally, if we put the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server workload on Windows instead, we would need at least 30 production servers and 30 servers for Disaster Recovery, each with OS and software licenses. Instead, we need to license just five IFLs for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z." - Roney Moodley, Deputy Head, Service Delivery at eThekwini Municipality
- German Pension Fund gains instant access to pension data
“With its virtualization technology, automation capabilities and management features, IBM System z is the ideal Linux cloud platform for us. The server is extremely reliable and provides unmatched availability compared to other solutions.” Falk-Oliver Bischoff, IT Director, German Pension Fund Baden-Württemberg
- Miami-Dade County builds a highly scalable private cloud analytics platform
“We realized that Linux on System z was an extremely cost-effective platform for certain types of applications, especially if they need the rock-solid reliability and availability that the mainframe can offer,” comments Jose Eskert, Senior System Programmer at Miami-Dade County.
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- Porto Alegre: A smarter city that keeps its citizens moving
"By consolidating our distributed asset management systems into a private cloud, we benefit from reduced IT operational costs as well as increased security—which is especially important for our mobile Maximo applications." - Walfrido Goulart, Data center manager, Procempa.
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- Salt River Project Migrates to Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Mainframes for Flexibility and Performance
Searched for a replacement for proprietary software for its IBM mainframe servers that could provide greater flexibility, manageability, and utilization opportunities. Migration Path: HP–UX to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- The City and County of Honolulu creates a customized cloud
Honolulu deployed a custom cloud using an Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engine running Linux on the city’s IBM System z10 Enterprise Class server. 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. Honolulu deployed a custom cloud using an Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engine running Linux on the city’s IBM System z10 Enterprise Class server.
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- Baldor integrates new corporate acquisition, cuts IT costs as proportion of sales by 50 percent
Baldor consolidated to SAP Business Suite applications, hosted on 70 virtual machines running SUSE Linux on an IBM z10 Enterprise Class server, and migrated data to the IBM System Storage DS8100 platform.
- Endress+Hauser – SUSE case study (PDF, 208KB)
Consolidating the SAP application servers on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z has enabled Endress+Hauser to create a simple, manageable and highly flexible platform that enables rapid recovery.
- SAP on Linux on a Mainframe! The Colacem Case Study
Colacem uses IBM's latest z10 EC architecture running zVM (virtual machine) as a host operating environment that controls underlying Linux instances. SAP's enterprise suite of ERP applications (accounting, financials, etc.) have been deployed to run-the-company and its associated businesses.
- Trinecké Železárny - Targeting high-value specialty contracts with robust business management from SAP and IBM
Trinecké Železárny runs its business on SAP ERP on IBM System z servers, with vital data storage needs met by IBM DS8870, combining extreme performance, availability and flexibility with low TCO.
- AutoData Norge AS - SUSE case story (235KB)
AutoData Norge AS runs SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server for System z alongside z/VSE on an IBM zEnterprise 114. The SUSE operating system provides a lower-cost and more flexible platform for creating new web-based applications, helping AutoData to expand its offerings in an efficient manner.
- IBM zEnterprise/z196 case study: JD Williams - Independent Assessment study (169KB)
The z196 was optimized from the start to handle diverse workloads beyond conventional z/OS workloads. It could handle Linux, Java, WebSphere, Cognos, and any combination of workloads, including image and video serving.
- Algar Telecom gives its growing business a signal boost
Algar Telecom consolidated more than 90 standalone servers to Linux virtual servers running on IBM z/VM on a single IBM zEnterprise 196 server. It provides a reliable, flexible platform for core business systems that has cut data center costs by 70 percent, reduced maintenance effort by 65 percent and boosted operational efficiency by 30 percent.
Travel and transportation
- RENFE gets on track with Linux and WebSphere Portal on IBM System z
“Both the non-disruptive scalability of the mainframe and the virtualization capabilities of Linux mean that we can make large-scale upgrades without having to waste time, money and effort hiring and training new personnel and installing new physical servers.” - Carlos Varela, Director of IT Systems, Renfe Operadora
Wholesale Distribution & Services
- Fratelli Carli S.p.a. (Video)
Fratelli Carli, a leading producer of premium olive oil and other consumer products, choose the IBM System z10 because of its ability to integrate modern Linux systems with fast VSE 'Legacy' applications in an extremely reliable and highly secure environment.
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