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EFiS EDI Finance Service AG moves to Linux on IBM System z

EFiS EDI Finance Service AG moves to Linux on IBM System z

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Learn about EFiS EDI Finance Service AG moving to Linux on IBM System z. The IBM System z servers and Linux Enterprise Server operating system enabled EFiS EDI Finance Service AG to keep costs low and increase flexibility, while boosting its green computing credentials. For more information on IBM System z, visit http://ibm.co/PNo9Cb.


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Learn about EFiS EDI Finance Service AG moving to Linux on IBM System z. The IBM System z servers and Linux Enterprise Server operating system enabled EFiS EDI Finance Service AG to keep costs low and increase flexibility, while boosting its green computing credentials. For more information on IBM System z, visit http://ibm.co/PNo9Cb.


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Case Study
IBM Systems and Technology Group
EFiS EDI Finance Service AG, an aliate o ABK-Systeme GmbH,is a Sotware as a Service (SaaS) application provider or banking,nancial institutions and corporations. The company oers a SaaScomputing-services model that allows its customers within the nancialindustry to conduct its transactions without hosting an application orany associated hardware in-house. The company provides a multi-client, -currency and -languagenance data processing platorm or all types o payments in all typeso ormats. The application complies with recent developments insecurity requirements introduced since the adoption o the Eurocurrency, including the ormation o a Single Euro Payments Area(SEPA) and supports all major clearing systems and automatic clearinghouses (ACH) and real-time gross settlement (RTGS) on one physicalplatorm. This enables its clients to take advantage o the agility provided by leveraging the latest industry-related technological trends,minus the administrative headaches.Based in Dreieich, Germany, the group currently employs around 60people and generates annual sales o approximately €8 million.
The challenge
EFiS EDI Finance Service AG provides its clients with SaaS servicesthat deal with sensitive nancial data. As a result, the company hasalways been committed to high perorming and secure technology tohelp it comply with strict data protection laws. Additionally EFiS EDIFinance Service AG processes large volumes o transactions each day and requires technology fexible enough to support fuctuating capacity demands.Recently, EFiS EDI Finance Service AG had been using a collection o  x86-based servers running Linux sotware to support its mission-criticalapplications and processes. However, the servers were not ully meeting
EFiS EDI Finance Service AG moves to Linux on IBMSystem z
Supporting mission-critical applications and services 
Overview 
Business challenge
EFiS EDI Finance Service AG had beenusing a collection of x86-based serversrunning Linux software to supportits mission-critical applications andprocesses. However, the servers were notmeeting the company’s performance orscalability requirements.
Solution
PROFI Engineering Systems AG helpedthe company migrate its mission-criticalapplications from x86-based serversonto a single IBM Enterprise Linux Server(ELS) – an IBM System z9 BusinessClass platform running Novell SUSELinux Enterprise Server for System z.The company then saw an opportunityto expand its IBM and Linux investmentsand improve the company’s overallservices by updating its data centerand installing a new ELS, based on IBMSystem z10 Business Class hardware.
 
Case Study
IBM Systems and Technology Group
the company’s perormance or scalability requirements. EFiS EDIFinance Service AG needed to implement new server solutions capableo optimizing its Linux-based environment while minimizing risksand lowering costs. Additionally, the new solution needed to improvedisaster recovery capabilities to support the uninterrupted operation o its 24/7 online banking system.EFiS EDI Finance Service AG is also strongly committed to greentechnologies and has, or instance, designed and implemented aninnovative water-cooled air cooler system to take advantage o the oldapple cider tanks in the cellar underneath its data center. This greenphilosophy has led to the company continuously seeking ways toreduce its carbon ootprint, which played a major role when it came toselecting a new platorm.
The solution
EFiS chose to implement its new Linux platorm on IBM System ztechnology. Beore the implementation, IBM Business Partner PROFIEngineering Systems AG helped EFiS EDI Finance Service AG rigorously test the solution to ensure that it would deliver the kind o perormance improvements that would make the migration worthwhile. Then, PROFI Engineering Systems AG helped the company migrateits mission-critical applications rom pre-existing x86-based serversonto an IBM Enterprise Linux Server (ELS) – a single IBM System z9Business Class (z9 BC) platorm running the Novell SUSE LinuxEnterprise Server or System z operating system. While the IBM System z9 BC platorm satised the company’sperormance and energy requirements, EFiS EDI Finance Service AG saw an opportunity to expand its IBM and Linux investments andimprove the company’s overall services. The company updated itsdata center by installing a new ELS – an IBM System z10 BusinessClass (z10 BC) server as its new disaster recovery platorm. The IBMSystem z10 BC server uses the powerul IBM Integrated Facility or Linux (IFL) processors to provide a highly reliable and available virtualized environment or its Linux-based workloads.Deploying the IBM System z9 had already increased processing speedssignicantly; even so, the tests showed that the introduction o the new ELS could double the existing perormance levels.
The benefts
 Thanks to the IBM System z platorms, virtualization technologies andthe SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or System z operating system, EFiSEDI Finance Service AG successully consolidated its environment  while deploying hundreds o Linux instances to support its perormancerequirements. By retiring unnecessary and underperorming hardwarethe company was able to double processing speeds and optimize its datacenter. Additionally, the implementation o the SUSE Linux Enterprise
Business Benets
EFiS EDI Finance Service AG successfully
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consolidated its environment whiledeploying hundreds of Linux instances tosupport its performance requirements.By retiring unnecessary and under-
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performing hardware, the company wasable to double processing speeds andoptimize its data center.The implementation of the SUSE
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Linux Enterprise Server software andSystem z technology enabled thecompany to optimize its fully realizeddisaster recovery plan.
 
Case Study
IBM Systems and Technology Group
Server sotware and IBM System z technology enabled the company tooptimize its ully realized disaster recovery plan. The consolidated IBM System z9 BC and IBM System z10 BC serverssuccessully streamlined the data center to optimize maintenance andmanagement processes and eectively reduce costs. The virtualizedIBM System z environment oers much higher than average processorutilization levels, so a single IFL processor is able to handle workloadsequivalent to a large number o x86 servers. This is particularly signicant or sotware which is licensed on a per-processor basis, as isthe case or many o the company’s business-critical applications. As aresult, the company was able to enjoy instant savings by migrating theseapplications to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server solution. The virtualization capabilities o the ELS are also important to EFiSEDI Finance Service AG in terms o scalability and fexibility. IT sta are able to rapidly provision a new virtualized Linux environment asrequired to eectively increase business agility. They can also easily adjust the allocation o processors and memory, ensuring optimal use o resources. As well as saving on electricity costs, the energy eciency o the ELSmakes it the ideal solution to help EFiS EDI Finance Service AG meet its environmentally riendly IT goals. A signicant reduction in itscarbon ootprint has minimized the impact the company makes on theenvironment.Running the Linux operating system has provided a security-richenvironment to increase business resiliency. The nance industry has very high demands or data saety and data integrity, hence highsecurity presents a key selling point to the company’s clients and alsohelps to comply with strict data protection laws.Ultimately, the IBM System z servers and SUSE Linux EnterpriseServer operating system enabled EFiS EDI Finance Service AG to keepcosts low and increase fexibility, while boosting its green computingcredentials. By combining the traditional reliability and availability o IBM System z technology with the openness and fexibility o Linuxsotware, the company gains the best o both worlds.
For more inormation
 To learn more about Linux on IBM System z, contact your IBM salesrepresentative or visit:
“The IBM System z servers and Linux Enterprise Serveoperating system enabled  EFiS EDI FinanceService AG to keepcosts low and increase fexibility, while boosting its green computing credentials.” 

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