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Soup to nuts Linux-only System z Solution Edition support

January, 2010

A few weeks ago, IBM announced a new Linux-only System z Solution Edition at an unbeatable price of $212,000.  The offering comes equipped with an Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SuSE Linux Enterprise and z/VM .  Forget cost per user, this solution can compete with distributed servers at face value, and deliver server virtualization and workload consolidation with its trademark reliability, scalability and availability.


SFI (www.streamfoundry.com) wants to assist enterprises in rolling out this great offer.  We provide z/Linux and z/VM plan, architecture, implement and knowledge transfer services.  Our z/Linux practice lead is one of the foremost experts in the space.  David Kreuter has been involved with z/Linux since 1999, and has earned numerous accolades.  Below are two published examples of work that David delivered that resulted in cost savings to the customer. 


2007 Share's Award for Excellence

David was part of the team that won the 2007 Share award for his work in migrating 200 Oracle and other workloads from Unix to z/Linux at the Province of Quebec.  The award was presented to David and team based on the cost savings and ability to come up to speed with z/Linux in a timely fashion.  Please read the write-up here.

The Transzap Story

This is a more recent project in which the customer moved distributed (Dell and Linux) workload to the System z (SUSE SLES Linux) in the name of reliability and availability.  Please review the story here.

If you are one of the 1,300 customers that have Linux and would like to understand how to eliminate z/OS WebSphere licenses and/or consolidate Linux, Unix and Windows workloads, consider this offer.  Alternatively, if you don't have z/Linux and would like to understand the cost benefits of moving forward with the Linux-only System z Solution Edition, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss as well.  Your support and interest is appreciated.  Thank you.

StreamFoundry, Inc.

StreamFoundry is one of the largest independent providers of Mainframe software support in North America.  With a team of over 40 consultants averaging 20 years of Mainframe software experience, SFI can address your short and long-term Mainframe software needs. 


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Marc Heimlich
SFI, Inc.
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