Infrastructure Solutions Extends Management Tool to Linux on System z

IT infrastructure management solutions provider Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (ISI) has introduced a tool to oversee server consolidation to IBM System z environments. The new bundle of services within the vendor’s Server Consolidation tool includes modeling capabilities for the analysis of Linux systems being consolidated to IBM z/Linux.

Linux on System z offers the flexibility of running Linux with the advantages of mainframe hardware. Using virtualization, several smaller servers can be combined onto one mainframe, gaining the benefits of centralization, while allowing specialized servers from the virtualization support, which can lower operating costs.

“Recently, we worked with a client to evaluate 39 Linux workloads as candidates for consolidation based on CPU, RAM, Network, and Disk utilization,” said Bill Cecchi, president of ISI. “We used the ISI’s Server Consolidation feature to model all 39 to a consolidated platform. On thex86 Platform, we were able to help the client consolidate from 78 cores to 24 cores. And, on the z196/Linux Platform, they consolidated from 78 cores to two IFLs.”

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