IBM wins huge German mainframe contract

IBM will deliver 20 high-performance mainframe computers to a German financial IT service company in a deal worth more than...

IBM will deliver 20 high-performance mainframe computers to a German financial IT service company in a deal worth more than €100m.

Sparkassen Informatik will deploy IBM's new eServer zSeries 990 mainframes, replacing 36 existing zSeries 900 machines over the next four years. "This is one of the largest mainframes contracts we have won in recent years," said IBM spokesman Hans-Jürgen Rehm.

With the new mainframes, the German IT service provider will increase its computing capacity to around 100,000 million instructions per second.

Sparkassen Informatik provides computer services to around 240 German savings banks, accounting for about a quarter of all IT services offered to retail banks across Germany.

The group processes more than 23 billion transactions a year, with its services supporting around 30 million customers.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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