IBM Japan Develops LAWSON's New Information System Platform
System z Mainframe's Virtualization and Linux Capabilities Drive
Consolidation From UNIX and x86-Based Servers
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| The new LAWSON system takes advantage of the IBM mainframe's ability to
| run its flagship z/OS operation system concurrently with open and
| industry standard technologies such as Linux and Java on a single
| server. With IBM's unique virtualization technology, multiple
| logical partitions can be configured on the machine.
| For LAWSON, IBM set up over 30 logical partitions on two z990s. These
| logical partitions were further divided to run many Linux-powered
| virtual servers on the two z990s to integrate tasks that used to run
| on UNIX and PC servers. With fewer servers and CPUs, the operation and main
| tenance load is substantially reduced. Also, the CPU unit charge of
| software license fees is expected to be reduced.