IBM lands European Linux mainframe deal


IBM lands European Linux mainframe deal

IBM has completed one of the largest European deployments of Linux on the mainframe.

Endress & Hauser, a supplier of instruments for the process engineering industry, consolidated its SAP systems on to two eServer zSeries 990 mainframes running Linux.

IBM is not disclosing the deal's value but a representative for the company in London said that one server fully integrated for the Linux operating system generally costs about €100,000 (£67,000) per processor, and the mainframes Endress & Hauser purchased have 36 processors each.

The Swiss company migrated its SAP enterprise resource planning applications from Unix to Linux to reduce costs and ensure application reliability, it said.

IBM's said its revenue from mainframes has grown more than 30% year-on-year for the past three quarters.

Earlier this year IBM scored another big mainframe win in Germany, agreeing to deliver 20 zSeries 990 mainframes to German financial IT service company Sparkassen Informatik in a deal valued at over €100m.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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