At the same time, the transformation will make IBM's IT infrastructure more flexible to evolving business needs. The initiative is part of Project Big Green, a broad commitment that IBM announced in May to sharply reduce datacentre energy consumption for IBM and its clients.
The company currently uses over 8,000,000 square feet of datacentre space - equivalent to 139 football fields - with operations spanning New York, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia and expects significant savings over five years in energy, software and system support costs.
The company anticipates that its new infrastructure, supporting over 350,000 users, will cut energy costs over five years, in addition to software and system support costs.
IBM plans to recycle the 3,900 servers through IBM Global Asset Recovery Services.
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