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JE 8ADH: 8JHIDB:G/ The City and County of Honolulu =:69FJ6GI:GH/Honolulu 7JH>C:HH/Government operations =6G9L6G:/ Two IBM System z9 Business Class, two IBM System p5 570s, one Power System 570, five System x servers and an IBM System Storage DS8100 HD;IL6G:/ IBM WebSphere and an ERP suite from CGI 8=6AA:C DC/ Deploying two new System p servers, two new System z servers and WebSphere to create a flexible and dynamic, services-oriented IT architecture Because its previous mainframes were so old, there was no direct migration path to the new systems. This was because the City and County was so far behind on not only the hardware, but also on the OS and the underlying port applications, such as CICS*, DB2* and IMS. As a result, the organization again turned to Sirius to help it test its applications in the new environment, using a similar-model mainframe to ensure the applications would still function properly in the upgraded environment. “And they did, with a few tweaks here and there,” Bruce adds. Good thing, too, because the City and County of Honolulu is responsible for supporting the drivers’ licensing and vehicle registration for the entire state of Hawaii. The organization could have replaced these and its many other homegrown mainframe applications with updated ones that may have run on other platforms, but it decided not to, largely for budgeting reasons. “The estimated cost to replace them was $150 million, and there was simply no way we could afford to spend that kind of money,” Bruce says. Thanks to the newer IBM mainframe environment, the City and County now has a much more flexible platform, through which it can deliver services to both internal and external customers. It plans on using a WebSphere software-based portal to tap into these applications to allow for online vehicle registration and driving-exam scheduling. Although it’s still in the process of rolling out such functionality to citizen users, Bruce points out “there was no way we could have done that with green screen-driven technology. So we had to come up with an architecture that would allow us to focus on a more portal-based presentation layer.” Using WebSphere, the City and County can tap into all of its applications and databases, regardless of the platform on which they run. “Our long-range goal is to develop all of our Intranet applications, then, once we’ve made some security changes, Internet applications, and then our Extranet applications, all under a WebSphere, portal-based architecture,” Bruce says. Dcani]Z7Z\^cc^c\ The City and County of Honolulu’s IT overhaul is far from over, even though it’s already deployed more than 200 applications and systems while Br uce, formerly a local IT-focused public-radio host, has been with the city. Mayor Hannemann recently won a second term. With his focus still on fiscal accountability and transparency, the DIT staff are keeping the mayor’s “more online and less in line” mantra in mind. To that end, it’s looking at “WebSphere as a granddaddy for all our portals—and everything moving forward is going to be portal based,” Bruce notes. Of course, the System z and System p ser vers are integral to that goal, as is the organization’s newly revamped storage environment, which now also includes an IBM DS8100. Using two IBM SA N Volume Controllers (SVCs), it’s connecting all of its servers— System z, System p and System x servers running Windows, and their associated applications—to what Bruce characterizes as “a single, standard-storage platform.” But this may be the only part of the Cit y and Count y of Honolulu IT infrastructure that is based on a standard platform. As the organization moves forward, it will follow Br uce’s call for allowing the application to dictate the platform. As he suggests, other organizations shouldn’t “try to force an application on a platform. That’s like hammering a square peg into a round hole. It simply won’t work, especially when you’re talking about large enterprises like ours.” Bruce points out none of this would have been possible without his support staff members, who–while initially reluctant to adopt the System p platform and integrate it into the IT environment–have stepped up to the plate. As he remarks, “My staff has done incredible things. We’re now a leader in the nation in terms of interoperable communications bet ween f i r st responder s, who a re a ll now w i relessly connected in real time back to the applications here. In fact, we just rolled out an application that allows ambulances to wirelessly send patient data to the hospital while they’re on the their way. And that’s only one aspect of what we’re tackling, and tackling well.” Jim Utlser, I BM Systems Magazine senior editor, has been covering technology for more than a decade. Jim can be reached at jutsler@ msptechmedia.com. M AY/J U N E 2 0 0 9 ibms ystemsmag .com/mai nframe 31

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk:  High-Flying Security
Trends:  IBM Cognos 8 BI for Linux on System z Makes Reliable Data Available Anywhere
IT Today:  New System x and BladeCenter Servers Help Your Organization Reach Its Goals
Focus on Storage: Virtual Tape Facility for MainframeJoins IBM Arsenal
Q & A:  Hybrid Technology Takes Supercomputing Beyond Moore’s Law
Case Study:  The City and County of Honolulu Allows Its Applications to Dictate the Platforms on Which They Run
Cover Story:  IBM’s z/VM is a Proven Solution for Today’s IT Environments
Feature:  IBM’s Dynamic Infrastructure Helps Companies Reduce Costs, Manage Risks and Improve Services
Administrator:  DB2 9 Features Help Ensure Compliance
Product News
Advertiser Index
Stop Run:  Barry Merrill’s Accidental DiscoveriesEnhance the Mainframe
Reference Point
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Editor's Desk:  High-Flying Security
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Trends:  IBM Cognos 8 BI for Linux on System z Makes Reliable Data Available Anywhere
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - IT Today:  New System x and BladeCenter Servers Help Your Organization Reach Its Goals
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Focus on Storage: Virtual Tape Facility for MainframeJoins IBM Arsenal
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Q & A:  Hybrid Technology Takes Supercomputing Beyond Moore’s Law
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Case Study:  The City and County of Honolulu Allows Its Applications to Dictate the Platforms on Which They Run
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Cover Story:  IBM’s z/VM is a Proven Solution for Today’s IT Environments
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Feature:  IBM’s Dynamic Infrastructure Helps Companies Reduce Costs, Manage Risks and Improve Services
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Administrator:  DB2 9 Features Help Ensure Compliance
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Product News
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - 54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Advertiser Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Stop Run:  Barry Merrill’s Accidental DiscoveriesEnhance the Mainframe
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe digital edition - May/June 2009 - Reference Point
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