One of Italy’s leading domestic oil players consolidates distributed platforms to System z10 for greater freedom of application choices. Since 1969, Gruppo API (www.apioil.com) has used IBM mainframes for its core processing, but its data center until recently also housed a total of 60 Intel-based Linux servers and IBM RS/6000 AIX UNIX machines. API IT management wanted to position the data center for business growth through a strategy of server consolidation and extended utilization of open application platforms such as Linux that would yield both flexible platforming options and reduced costs of software licensing and deployment. This…

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