IBM Expands System z Solutions
The IBM System z Solution Edition Series helps mainframe customers deploy new enterprise workloads, adds new programs to help customers migrate from Sun and HP servers to IBM's Linux platform, and builds on IBM's existing SAP offering.IBM introduced Aug. 14 its System z Solution Edition Series with seven integrated hardware, software and services packages to help mainframe customers deploy new enterprise workloads such as data warehousing, risk mitigation and disaster recovery. The Solution Edition offerings are designed to make the cost of deploying new workloads on System z competitive with alternative distributed systems. IBM also announced additional programs to help companies lower costs and reduce inefficiency by migrating from Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard servers to the Linux platform on IBM's System z. Nearly 2,800 of the 5,000 unique applications available on the System z platform are Linux-based.
According to IBM, Linux accounted for about half of the approximately 1,000 new or updated applications produced for the IBM mainframe in 2008. More than 40 percent of new System z customers installed Linux last year, and Linux use continued to grow over 15 percent during the first half of 2009.