Telia Consolidates ISP Activities on Single IBM Mainframe with Linux and Shark

First Major Commercial Linux installation in Europe enables Telia to host more than 1500 web servers on a single, scalable IBM mainframe server

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Copenhagen - 07 Dec 2000: - IBM and Telia, Scandanavia's largest telecommunications and internet service provider, today announced that Telia will be the first European company to deploy a major commercial IT system based on Linux. Telia will install a combination of IBM mainframe and Shark storage technology, both running on Linux, to host and run their business and consumer Internet services operations across Scandanavia. Using this technology, Telia will also offer customers in the Nordic countries IP-VPN (Internet Protocol/Virtual Private Network) services.

Telia will replace its 70 existing web hosting unix servers with a single IBM S/390 G6 enterprise server, which will host more than 1500 virtual internet Linux serverssimultaneously. Each virtual serveracts as a web server for individual Telia-hosted business customers. Telia will also move data from its current storage servers to a 11.4 Terabyte IBM Enterprise Storage Server ("Shark").

"This new S/390 running Linux allows us to rethink our total pricing structure for internet services and to offer customers a more affordable web application service than ever before", says Henrik Wulff Riedl, CFO, TeliaNet. "With this Installation, Telia wants to give higher availability and reliability to its customers while saving costs at the same time. In addition, Telia is intending to replace an existing customer billing system for internet service providers based on Oracle databases."

"The combination of the IBM mainframe with Linux makes it easy toinstall new servers for internet service customers on the fly," continued Mr. Riedl. "Before, it took us 5 hours to setup a new server, now it is a matter of less than five minutes. Together with IBM's Enterprise Storage Server "Shark" and its 11,4 Terabytes of storage capacity we now are able to give virtually unlimited web capacity to our customers without going through the trouble of installing and reconfiguring the systems all the time."

All of the virtual internet servers will be managed by Telia's business customers independently as if they were using their own separate physical machines. At Telia, one single person will be able to manage all the independent virtual web servers via a single graphical management system.

"This represents a breakthrough for commercial systems in Europe, proving that Linux can scale to meet rapidly growing business needs, and also demonstrating the power of Linux on IBM's server line-up," said Erich Clementi, Vice President, IBM Enterprise Systems Group, EMEA.

The IBM S/390is able to host up to 30,000 virtual Linux servers at the same time using IBM's VM (Virtual Machine) operating system to host servers virtually and independently. Telia worked with IBM at its Linux Integration Center in Boeblingen and the decision was taken just 10 days after the visit. The new machine will be shipped mid-December.

Telia is the leading Nordic communications company. In the new world, Telia will facilitate communications and inspire people to communicate. The operations are concentrated in the Nordic countries and the Baltics. Net sales in 1999 were over SEK 52B. In the international market, Telia's strategy is focused intensively on specific growth areas,such as mobile communications, the Internet and IP-based networks and services.

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