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Partnership with MSPs Allows More Companies to be on the Platform Than Ever Before

Driven by a need to reduce business costs while delivering more value, IBM is helping managed service providers (MSPs) present businesses and individuals with the world-class quality of a mainframe, and the technical skills and knowledge needed to keep it functioning.

MSPs offer a pay-as-you-go model to third-party contractors delivering services, applications and equipment to businesses, individuals or other service providers that don’t have the resources to update and maintain a network of their own. To meet future demand and provide quality service today, MSPs want to work on the mainframe to meet their needs. By bringing their applications to a System z*, they can expand infrastructure while minimizing costs and downtime.

MSPs are transitioning from a support position to become central influencers and buyers in IT infrastructure decisions. As their role grows, they must develop infrastructure solutions capable of supporting enterprise-grade applications underpinning a second wave of workloads moving to cloud.

By the Numbers
42% increase in MSPs on System z in 2013 99.999% reliability offered to SLAs on zEnterprise, equal to 5 minutes of downtime per year Up to 44% TCO reduction by consolidating on System z

Through advances with Linux* on System z and the introduction of the Enterprise Linux Server, a new opportunity arose to bring MSPs onto the mainframe. Some companies took this as an opportunity to leverage their expertise with the mainframe and their industry-specific knowledge to provide services to others, says Bryan Foley, program director, System z Stack Strategy and Portfolio Management.

“Some are commissioned by their governments to serve as a central provider of services to other entities in that country or region. Others that are new to the mainframe understood the cost advantages provided by the mainframe compared to other platforms,” he continues.

With the Enterprise Linux Server, IBM expanded its commitment to support businesses with growing workloads on Linux‚ including MSPs. The Enterprise Linux Server allows a user to unlock new systems of engagement, analytic capabilities and cloud in a cost-effective, scalable, reliable, secure and simple solution, according to IBM. It was designed to add business value while keeping IT costs down, notes Suzanne Battenfeld, program director, System z Marketing.

“In contrast to distributed rack-based designs that can quickly lead to sprawl and expanding software licensing costs, the Enterprise Linux Server’s integrated combination of industry-leading server and virtualization technologies provide a simple, efficient and trusted infrastructure foundation for businesses with growing Linux workloads,” she says.

Valerie Dennis Craven is a Minneapolis-based writer and editor.



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