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BCBS Minnesota Achieves a Significant TCO Reduction With Virtualized Linux on IBM System z

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSM) is the largest health plan in the state, providing health coverage to more than 2 million members. The Microsoft Windows and Intel processor-based server landscape at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSM) was inflexible and costly to operate and maintain. IBM helped consolidate 140 HP Intel-architecture servers to a single IBM System z with six Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engines. Key applications now run in SUSE Linux Enterprise virtual servers, while IBM DB2 databases run on z/OS on the same physical machine.

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