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expectations and lowering costs. The next step was to compare the TCO and TCA of IBM Cognos BI on IBM System z* to x86 distributed servers.

The Assessed Costs All costs used in the model were based on realistic defaults developed from North American and European business enterprises. The study compared the costs associated with deploying Cognos BI on nonvirtualized, distributed, rackmounted x86 servers with quad-core 2.26 GHz Intel* E5520 Xeon* technology to System z10* Enterprise Class servers running Linux* OS. The Right-fitting Applications into Consolidated Environments (RACEv) tool (where v stands for virtualization), designed by the IBM Systems and Technology Group, helps evaluate the following categories when exploring the TCO of the various platform options available:

Although it may be possible to negotiate varying levels of discounts, the vendor generally predefines the costs. Maintenance contracts, like the products themselves, come with a defined list of features, and companies must weigh the value of these features to their business and consider the costs of accessing those features elsewhere. hÁFacilities These costs include floor space and power costs for BI infrastructure and represent, on average, approximately 10 percent or more of a company’s overall operating costs. This is an area that can easily be forgotten when exploring TCO. If not monitored, facilities costs can quickly spiral out of control. This especially holds true when a BI infrastructure is built out for various departments without taking into account the available capacity that might already be available. hÁAdministration This category covers the costs to deploy and operate a BI infrastructure design based on stated best practices and includes the resources for installing, supporting and maintaining that infrastructure—while planning for and responding to service outages and other problems.

hÁAcquisition This includes costs associated with purchasing everything necessary to deliver BI to the business, including hardware, network-connectivity equipment and software (excluding the Cognos BI software, because it’s the same for all cases with named user pricing), along with the additional hardware, software and connectivity required to ensure high availability of the BI solution. hÁMaintenance agreements Like acquisition
costs, maintenance agreements are an unavoidable cost of any IT initiative.

System z Costs Less The study concluded cost barriers associated with a System z implementation versus x86 are perceived, not real. The acquisition costs (hardware, network and software) aren’t the barrier to entry as people believe. The study found that the System z platform offers a powerful, more cost-effective alternative to a distributed infrastructure, regardless of deployment size. In addition, inherent System z capabilities provide stronger performance, better security and greater scalability. Cognos BI on System z enables organizations to help ensure the high availability of their BI solution at a price they can afford; TCO is dramatically lower for

organizations that are considering the future costs of technology refresh, growth and high availability. One of the most striking findings, uncovered with the RACEv tool is the System z solution pays for itself over five years based on the savings from system-administrative costs alone. While initial acquisition costs may be marginally higher, after five years, the TCO is consistently lower. With the introduction of IBM business analytics on System z (see “Driving Outcomes,” page 32), IBM can offer a solution that takes BI a step further—on a single platform that scales to meet the need for faster and better access to complete and accurate business with less resources and expense. A flexible solution, it can help companies address the business challenges of today and the evolving business needs for actionable insights that help to optimize business performance.

Rebecca Wormleighton is an IBM product marketing manager for Cognos software, focusing on synergies between Cognos businessintelligence software and IBM products.

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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Predicting a Good Read
Dashboard: Charging Ahead
Data Display: Smarter Cities Large and Small
Think Smarter: Capture Insight From Real-Time Operational Data With Smart Analytics Systems
Insider: Agnostic Development Tools Support Mainframe-Centric Businesses
Trends: DataPower Support for zEnterprise Extends its Multiplatform Capabilities
Case Study: Citigroup tames its backup environment with dedicated mainframes.
Driving Outcomes: Successful companies fuel business with predictive analytics.
Hurdling Barriers to Success: IBM demonstrates Cognos BI on Systems z is less expensive than x86 deployments.
Tips and Techniques: Overcome Eight Key Service-Delivery Challenges and Reduce Costs
Solutions
Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Bijan Davari Changed the Computer Chip®
Reference Point
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Table of Contents
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Editor's Desk: Predicting a Good Read
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Dashboard: Charging Ahead
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Data Display: Smarter Cities Large and Small
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Think Smarter: Capture Insight From Real-Time Operational Data With Smart Analytics Systems
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Insider: Agnostic Development Tools Support Mainframe-Centric Businesses
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Trends: DataPower Support for zEnterprise Extends its Multiplatform Capabilities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Case Study: Citigroup tames its backup environment with dedicated mainframes.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Driving Outcomes: Successful companies fuel business with predictive analytics.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Hurdling Barriers to Success: IBM demonstrates Cognos BI on Systems z is less expensive than x86 deployments.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Tips and Techniques: Overcome Eight Key Service-Delivery Challenges and Reduce Costs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Solutions
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Advertisers’ Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2011 - Stop Run: Bijan Davari Changed the Computer Chip®
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