IBM's 'Shark' Enterprise Storage Server Consolidates Storage at Florida Power & Light

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Miami - 24 Feb 2000: -- IBM announced today that Florida Power & Light (FPL), has become the latest customer for its recently released Enterprise Storage Server -- code-named 'Shark.'

FPL is one of the nation's largest providers of electricity, serving more than seven million residents on the eastern coast and southern portion of Florida. It will rely on IBM's Enterprise Storage Server, the industry's most advanced disk storage system, for data consolidation and other storage management applications.

In 1998, FPL faced an influx of nearly 65,000 new customer accounts, a growth rate faster than most other electric utilities in the country. In addition, open systems storage area and mainframe growth has surged at an even faster rate. In order to manage that growth, Florida Power & Light needed to enhance management capabilities and to effectively consolidate open systems storage.

"For the company's IT storage needs, our tremendous growth has created quite a challenge for us. The 'Sharks' provide effective management tools, capacity growth potential and performance characteristics that meet both our mainframe and open systems needs," said Bill Merz, manager of technical services for FPL.

In November, FPL began installing two IBM 'Sharks' with a total of 1.6 terabytes of storage capacity. The decision to choose 'Shark' was made easier when the total cost of ownership of the IBM solution was calculated. Technology innovation also played a role in the decision as FPL will be exploiting the benefits of Shark's unique Parallel Access Volume (PAV) feature, which provides faster response time to data-driven applications.

The Shark ESS is the groundbreaking storage solution from IBM, the world leader in storage systems, software, services and technology. Built on the foundation of IBM's Seascape1 Storage Enterprise Architecture, 'Shark' works with heterogeneous hosts and operating systems -- Windows NT, Novell NetWare,UNIX, S/390 and AS/400 -- and with a variety of interfaces, including Fibre Channel, Ultra SCSI and ESCON. 'Shark' incorporates such unique technology as Parallel Access Volume and Multiple Allegiance, which are currently unavailable in competing systems from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and others.

For more information on the Enterprise Storage Server and its performance advantages over competing products from EMC and Hitachi, visit

Florida Power & Light is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL), one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related services with annual revenues of more than $6 billion. The company serves 3.7 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC., FPL Group's U.S. and international energy generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Information is available on the Internet at and

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1 Seascape is IBM's storage enterprise architecture, a blueprint for comprehensive storage solutions optimized for a connected world. The Seascape architecture outlines next-generation concepts for storage by integrating modular "building block" technologies from IBM, including disk, tape and optical storage media, powerful processors, and rich software. Integrated Seascape solutions are highly reliable, scalable and versatile, and support specialized applications on servers ranging from PCs to supercomputers.

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