PJM Selects IBM's NAS 300G To Power Its Expanding Trading Operations

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SOMERS, NY - 18 Jun 2002: -- IBM today announced that PJM, operator of the world's largest competitive wholesale electricity market and North America's largest power grid, has deployed the IBM TotalStorage Network Attached Storage 300G to strengthen the information management of its unit dispatch optimization and market settlements applications, which are part of PJM's eMarket application.

PJM's eMarket services are rapidly developing and the application for managing its wholesale trading is growing dramatically. As a result, PJM required 18 servers to manage the important data, although the company desired to reduce this number for easier management.

PJM identified that centralizing the information and being able to access files directly from its existing 10 terabyte storage area network would solve the issues of manageability and reliability, as well as handle future growth. PJM selected IBM's NAS 300G to perform the important job.

"Our business is marked by swings in demand based on seasonal needs and other factors," said Rich Brenton, PJM senior technical architect. "We wanted to make it as easy as possible to manage our systems while ensuring our customers are able to conduct business, especially as we continue to grow." Brenton noted that after the testing phase, IBM's NAS 300G was installed in PJM's production environment in less than 2 hours and that local storage on PJM's 18 application servers was eliminated, which resulted in easier management as well as reducing the company's cost of operations.

PJM is an example of a growing number of companies that are looking for ways to leverage investments of storage area networks. IBM's NAS 300G is one of the first products in the emerging Ethernet/IP network and SAN convergence. The 300G is designed to appear to users as a NAS device, serving multi-protocol files and allowing users to access storage resident on the SAN. This capability can help enable customers to leverage their investments in SAN infrastructure, skills and tools, and to reap the benefits of NAS, including simplicity, quick deployment cycles, reduced cost of access, and heterogeneous data sharing.

"PJM is an innovative company that was looking for a way to strengthen its IT operations in order to reduce costs and support its growing customer base," said David Vaughn, manager of storage networking, IBM Storage Systems Group. "IBM was able to provide a solution with its NAS 300G that allowed PJM to harness the power of its SAN to provide both block and file access to data and drive benefits to the bottom line."

PJM's SAN is based on IBM's flagship TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server, code-named Shark. PJM's infrastructure includes IBM eServers as well as Tivoli software.

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