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IBM: Nationwide Virtualization with z9 Series

Virtualization has different faces. There is hardware emulation, OS partitioning and there is the mother-of-all Mainframes that IBM has (So does HP and others ofcourse)
Mainframes will push harder too. If you are a big firm and have over 700 servers then IBM's z9 series might just come in handy. These refrigerator-like boxes can gobble up your servers in no time. Well that is what Nationwide did.

Over the course of three to four years, Nationwide will save about $30 million in hardware, software, and electricity operating expenses in its data center, thanks to Linux virtual machines, Miggo says. He's started virtualizing 15 months ago and is running a version of Novell's Suse Linux on the mainframes in VMware and IBM Virtualization Engine software. Recently, Miggo got another demonstration of the benefits of virtualization: more flexible allocation of computing power.

Savings obviously will convince anyone and

In fact, Nationwide is now looking at some advanced tools to help it manage all the virtual machines it's created. It's experimenting with VMware's VMotion for moving virtual machines around and it plans to try IBM's recently introduced Virtualization Director, which works with its physical system manager, IBM Director Release 5.2.

co-existence might just seem the right solution (for now).

IBM has posted some pretty good win (over 30% since last year) and it seems are determined to book some strong results this year too.


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