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  • From: SlawekM <slawek.matacz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 11:08:21 +0200
  • Message-id: <3AFA5A85.14CD555D@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Banco Mercantil Moves to Linux on IBM Mainframe
Caracas, Venezuela - 05-03-2001


Venezuelan Bank is First Financial Institution with SuSE Linux


IBM and Banco Mercantil today announced that Banco Mercantil is the
first
Latin American company -- and among the first financial institutions
anywhere -- to implement Linux for the enterprise.

In the first phase of the project, Banco Mercantil has replaced 30
existing
NT servers with a single IBM mainframe. Later, applications currently
running on Sun and HP servers will be moved to the new Linux platform.
In
addition, the bank is using Linux mainframe Web applications to enable
customers to check bank account information via the Internet. The
mainframe's two cryptographic co-processors provide the high level of
security necessary for sensitive financial data.

"Linux on the IBM mainframe allows us to consolidate in a very cost
effective way," said Isaac Arismendi, IT Infrastructure Manager, Banco
Mercantil. "In addition to these applications running on the mainframe,
we
have higher availability and reliability, and better performance.
Consolidation also means that we have far fewer individual servers to
administer."

The IBM mainframe, an S/390 G6, running a SuSE distribution of Linux
will at
first handle file servers, Internet domain servers and a firewall.
Previously, these had each been running on separate NT servers. Banco
Mercantil, using a specially designed hardware feature for Linux on the
mainframe, the IBM Integrated Facility for Linux, was able to add Linux
applications and system capacity without increasing overall mainframe
software costs, making Linux the most economical way for the bank to
consolidate.

"This landmark project is a breakthrough for Linux in the banking sector
and
is yet further evidence that Linux for the enterprise is here today,"
said
John Morris, Vice President, IBM eServer z900. "The combination of Linux
and
the mainframe provides Banco Mercantil with the superior technology
necessary to meet the demands of the uncompromising financial sector."

"The reliability and stability of SuSE Linux complement the needs of
Banco
Mercantil," said Dirk Hohndel, CTO, SuSE Linux AG. "SuSE Linux, with
IBM's
mainframe server, delivers a powerful, high-performing and economical
solution for the banking industry."




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Pozdrawiam,

SlawekM


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