Based on our quarterly analyst update teleconference on April 25, ITCandor analyst Martin Hingley published a positive commentary on System z marketplace momentum, new offerings and new client Algar Telecom, who consolidated 80 servers to Linux virtual servers running on a single zEnterprise System with zBX.
Here are a few excerpts from the ITCandor piece:
"Our view is that System z is doing well due to the importance of product introductions, with the zEC12 boosting sales significantly over the last 2 quarters."
"System z demonstrates a status all large integrated ‘systems of record’ should aim for. IBM has successfully removed many objections to System z – that the processors are more expensive, the entry price too high, are only used in banks, are never sold to new customers and always run proprietary z/OS workloads."
"Algar has discovered a number of benefits from the project, including:
Reducing the total cost of ownership and for the next 3 years
A reduction in Capital Expenditure
Increased availability, mitigating the need to stop the high-end production server
Greater flexibility – it can use the environment for Cloud computing at a later stage
Better time-to-market – the virtualised environment with Capacity on Demand provides for faster and easier deployment of new applications
Better technology with the latest generation z196 and POWER7 servers
The project achieved the consolidation aim of replacing 80 physical servers with a single server."