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Jun 1 2009   2:18PM GMT

IBM continues push to HP, Sun customers for migration to mainframe

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

IBM has announced new services and programs to entice users to migrate from Sun and HP servers over to the IBM System z mainframe, particularly while running Linux.

Part of the announcement is a program called z Rewards that gives users financial incentives to migrate. Under the program, companies that purchase or upgrade to a new qualifying z10 Enterprise Class or Business Class mainframe in order to consolidate competitive Sun and HP systems can earn points that can be applied to IBM migration services.

I took a look at the details of the z Rewards program, and this is what I found. All z10 Enterprise Class models qualify, but not all Business Class models do. Here are the details:

certain models of z10BC will not be eligible. IFLs (FC 6650) are not eligible for z Rewards on the following machine type / models or on upgrades from 2086 or 2096 to these 7 models:

  • 2098-E10-A01 (processor feature code 5014)
  • 2098-E10-B01 (processor feature code 5019)
  • 2098-E10-C01 (processor feature code 5024)
  • 2098-E10-D01 (processor feature code 5029)
  • 2098-E10-A02 (processor feature code 5015)
  • 2098-E10-E01 (processor feature code 5034)
  • 2098-E10-B02 (processor feature code 5020)

The eligible upgradeable models include:

  • 2098-E10 with new or incremental IFLs, Feature 6650
  • 2097-E12 with new or incremental IFLs, Feature 6811
  • 2097-E26 with new or incremental IFLs, Feature 6811
  • 2097-E40 with new or incremental IFLs, Feature 6811
  • 2097-E56 with new or incremental IFLs, Feature 6811
  • 2097-E64 with new or incremental IFLs, Feature 6811

Reward points per processor core are 4,000 if migrating from PA-RISC, 8,000 from Sparc, 1,000 from Itanium, MIPS or Alpha; and 500 for HP ProLiant, Sun Fire, Dell System zEdge and whitebox systems running Linux, Windows or Solaris.

Linux has become a big success story for the mainframe. More than half of the applications on System z are now Linux-based, and more than 40 percent of new System z mainframe customers last year installed Linux. The mainframe has clearly become a big Linux engine.

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