IBM Clients Build More Integrated, Intelligent, Automated Infrastructures to Reduce Costs, Manage Risk, Improve Service

IBM Also Unveils Additional Products, Services to help Clients Build a More Dynamic Infrastructures

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 28 Apr 2009: IBM  today announced that its clients around the world such as the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, Tricon Geophysics and the United States Bowling Congress are building new, more dynamic infrastructures to help reduce costs, improve service  and manage risk.  The company also announced additional new dynamic infrastructure products and services.   As a result, clients will be better able to respond to and manage challenges presented by today's globally integrated world.

Clients including Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, Tricon Geophysics and the United States Bowling Congress are working with IBM to develop smarter, more intelligent infrastructures that help reduce costs and improve services they provide to their customers. The infrastructure technology helps clients manage and gain insight from an increasing number of things in their physical infrastructure that are being instrumented with intelligent sensors; analyze vast amounts of information; and become more "green" and cost efficient.

IDC estimates the market opportunity for the software, servers, technologies, and services to manage the world's converged IT and physical infrastructure to be $122 billion by 2012.

New dynamic infrastructure clients:

The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) is using IBM software connected to intelligent sensors to manage maintenance and logistical data for the revolutionary high-speed rail network that runs along the west coast of Taiwan. These sensors identify maintenance issues and track train locations to make sure hundreds of trains carrying passengers between the south and the north are safe and on time. As a result, THSRC is able to greatly improve its customer service. The express trains are capable of traveling at up to 186 miles per hour (300 km/hr), meaning travel between Taipei City and Kaohsiung City is only roughly 90 minutes as opposed to the 4.5 hours by conventional rail. Using IBM software for insight into assets, their conditions and work processes, and for better planning and control, has helped THSRC maintain an average punctuality rate of 99.15 percent.

Tricon Geophysics, Venezuela's leading provider of seismic data processing and interpretation services for oil and gas companies is using an IBM iDataPlex system running Red Hat Linux for the seismic data collation, processing and migration needed for oil and gas exploration and production. This highly dynamic infrastructure based on IBM's iDataPlex enables Tricon to analyze 25 times more seismic data in the same time as compared to existing systems from an area of approximately 2500 square kilometers (close to 1000 square miles) and improve energy efficiency by 40 percent, while also reducing operating and cooling costs. Because the simulation of 3-D seismic data requires several compilations before it can be processed by standard petro-technical applications, the company also implemented an IBM System x3950 server running the Red Hat Linux operating system to pre-process seismic data. This capability gives Tricon a unique competitive advantage to conduct seismic analysis for oil and gas companies covering larger areas in a shorter time, cost effectively aided by energy efficiency and higher computing densities.

The United States Bowling Congress is the national governing body for the sport of bowling, serving more than 2.5 million adult and youth members. Recently, USBC consolidated its corporate data center on IBM POWER servers and blades using IBM PowerVM virtualization software. It also uses intelligent sensor technology to manage power utilization to reduce cooling and electricity costs in its data center. By using intelligent sensors, USBC can monitor data center activity and automatically adjust to optimize temperature and humidity. This results in a nearly 50 percent reduction in cooling cost and eliminates more than five tons of carbon emissions annually. This new consolidated blade server-based data center helps to run the world's largest participatory sporting event, the USBC Open Championships and allows all the entry information, scheduling and results to be updated and accessed in real time during the tournament's 140-day run.

New dynamic infrastructure products and services:

To help clients build and manage more dynamic infrastructures, IBM is further expanding its portfolio of offerings by introducing a range of new products and services for mid-size and enterprise clients.

New offerings designed to help clients build more flexible and dynamic infrastructures

New infrastructure offerings designed to help clients reduce costs, become more green

New offerings to help manage, analyze, store, secure staggering amounts of information

New networking offerings

As part of today's announcement IBM also introduced financing options to help enterprises specifically acquire IBM's new line of dynamic infrastructure products and services.

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1 Based on the best results for four-core POWER and Integrity blade servers on SPECint_rate2006. HP Integrity BL860c result can be found at Result is current as of April 21, 2009. The IBM BladeCenter JS23 result will be submitted to SPEC on April 28, 2009.

2 Competitive benchmark results reflect results published as of April 21, 2009. The SPECint_rate2006 results can be found at The Power 550 Express will be submitted for publication on April 28, 2009. All systems were compared based on maximum processor configuration because that is the data point for which power requirements are defined. Other configurations of these systems could have better performance per WATT metrics.