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Deploying SAP on System z Can Boost Growing Businesses

Many of the world’s largest companies have embraced SAP on IBM System z, including leading organizations in manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, distribution, finance, government and education. More than 1,000 SAP on System z installations exist today.

Banco Pastor in Spain, for example, has exploited SAP on the mainframe to increase the availability of applications and data while decreasing annual IT costs by 30 percent. Likewise, gkd-el, which manages the IT infrastructure for Gelsenkirchen, Germany, was able to cut costs 30 percent and boost throughput 270 percent by migrating its SAP solutions to a System z10 Enterprise Class platform.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Minnesota and Endress+Hauser in Switzerland achieved better service levels for their SAP deployments through this highly available low-cost, flexible infrastructure. At BCBS, IBM helped consolidate 140 HP Intel-architecture servers to a single System z platform with six Integrated Facility for Linux engines. Key applications now run in SUSE Linux Enterprise virtual servers, while DB2 databases run on z/OS on the same physical machine.

“Working with IBM, we conducted a detailed cost-benefit analysis to compare a Linux on System z solution to alternatives such as IBM Power servers or x86-architecture machines,” says Aribert Starnell, division manager of the Production Computer Center at Endress+Hauser InfoServe. “We were very encouraged by the results. Most importantly, we wanted to have all critical systems in the same environment to make disaster recovery simpler, faster and more reliable.”

Karen E. Lewis is a global market segment manager with the IBM Systems and Technology Group. She has more than 20 years experience.

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