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As business volumes grew, it was becoming more difficult for gkd-el to maintain good response times on its hosted SAP systems. The company wanted to ensure that it could continue to meet its Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with customers while reducing its operational costs. The ability to provision new SAP application servers rapidly was another priority, and gkd-el also needed to comply with strict security standards around data and client confidentiality. gkd-el replaced its existing IBM mainframe (zSeries 990) with an IBM System z10 Enterprise Class server running IBM z/OS and IBM z/VM, enabling it to host hundreds of Linux virtual servers. The new z10 has one standard processor, one IBM System z Integrated Information Processor engine, and three IBM System z Integrated Facility for Linux engines.
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