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November 8, 2011

IBM zEnterprise integrates Windows applications into mainframe environments

Advances ability to address the jumble of disparate technologies added over time to run specific apps

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM zEnterprise System users has integrated Microsoft Windows applications into the mainframe environment which allows clients with multi-tier applications to be integrated and consolidated on the same system.

Bringing Windows and the mainframe together helps IBM clients to innovate in multiple environments across z/OS, Linux, AIX and Windows.

With the hybrid capability, zEnterprise Systems advances its ability to address the jumble of disparate technologies added over time to run specific applications which operates in individual silos, requiring separate staff and software tools to manage, with the additional complexity of interacting and communicating with each other in real time.

With new integrated IBM’s System z for Windows, clients can gain more choice in choosing the best platform for a particular application from ERP to business analytics to transaction processing and are allowed to integrate front-end Windows applications with applications or data on the mainframe.

In addition, clients can consolidate more workloads onto the mainframe to maximise technology investments and can run z/OS and Linux on System z along with IBM AIX, x86 Linux and Microsoft Windows on the zEnterprise System, said the company.

EUROCONTROL Support Engineering Section head Huub Meertens said the new heterogeneous virtual IT infrastructure will give a greater flexibility and scalability.

"On our existing servers, the various applications operate independently on diverse platforms, based upon the one-server-one application model. The combination of IBM System z with Intel servers in an ensemble configuration turns out to be the best solution for modernization of our IT infrastructure," said Meertens.

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"Given our complex IT infrastructure with high safety and security requirements, reliability, scalability and management at a competitive price are very important. It is for these reasons that EUROCONTROL has opted for the IBM zEnterprise with zBX environment."

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