IBM has unveiled new software that helps customers accelerate and automate their migration projects. Based on hundreds of migrations from competitive systems to IBM, IBM developers have created new software tools that automate many of the manual processes to help accelerate Sun migrations. This software automatically discovers and identifies the Sun assets, provisions the new target IBM environment, and streamlines workload transitions-optimized across hardware, software and processes. The software can speed migrations from Sun Solaris to Linux or AIX, IBM's UNIX operating system, as well as applications and middleware to IBM systems. This workload-centric methodology has shortened the provisioning step from weeks to days for some clients.
Since IBM established its Migration Factory program four years ago to help clients move to IBM systems, nearly 2,200 companies have switched to IBM systems and storage from Sun and HP. In 2009, more than 800 customers migrated to IBM Power Systems, System x and System z servers and storage solutions, including nearly 550 from Sun and nearly 250 from HP. In the fourth quarter of 2009 alone, more than 200 customers moved critical business workloads to IBM systems and storage from Sun and HP systems. For more on the IBM Migration Factory, go here.