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“Our server sprawl was simply out of control, and we were having problems with air flow and rack space.”
— Mike Giglio, systems programmer, Shelter Mutual Insurance Co.

Based in Columbia, Mo., Shelter is a do-it-all insurance company with a presence in 14 states. It not only offers auto insurance to the tune of some 1.2 million policies, but also homeowners and life insurance, as well as coverage for boats, recreational vehicles and motorcycles. Beyond that, it has two business divisions, Shelter Reinsurance Co. and Shelter Financial Bank. Shelter Reinsurance is an insurance company for insurance companies. For example, if another provider wants to hedge against a big payout in

the event of a natural disaster, it can take out a policy with Shelter Reinsurance to insure against any associated losses. As Giglio explains, “Another insurance company located where we don’t have any policyholders, such as in California, will pay us premiums to insure against unexpected events where it has to pay a large number of policyholders. So if, for example, a reinsured customer has to pay out $5 million, it may cover $3 million, and we’ll take up the other $2 million. That way, it won’t be totally wiped out.” Shelter Financial Bank, despite its name, doesn’t offer traditional checking and savings

Customer: Shelter Mutual Insurance Co. Headquarters: Columbia, Mo. Business: Insurance and financial services Challenge: Avoiding another expensive data center remodel Solution: Taking a step-by-step approach to migrating Linux workloads from Intel servers to a zEnterprise 114 Hardware: IBM zEnterprise 114 Software: DB2 for z/OS, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z

accounts. Instead, it offers its policyholders a variety of other financial services, such as CDs, money-market accounts and mortgages. As with its insurance offerings, these are handled by the company’s agents, who help people find ways to manage their finances. “Some of our customers simply feel more comfortable dealing with someone they already have a relationship with and trust,” Giglio adds. A host of applications support Shelter’s multitude of missions. Many of the applications have been developed with and delivered by IBM WebSphere* solutions. Its online e-commerce solution, for example, is based on the WebSphere Application Server (WAS). Initially developed around 10 years ago, it’s now one of the company’s largest applications, and is used by all of its agents to serve customer accounts. Although still hosted on a cluster of Intel-based servers, it has ties to many of Shelter’s back-end mainframe services, including DB2* for z/OS*. Other applications run directly on the company’s z114 (which replaced a System z10* server in February). One, an indexing application that tracks both its policyholders and 1,400 or so agents, was ported to Linux on System z* from an Intel box about a year and a half ago. “That was when we were starting to look at Linux on System z a little more seriously,” Giglio says. “And because it was a pretty straightforward application, we chose to go with that one. We wanted to make sure it was successful and that we could make it work. It was a proof of concept, of sorts.”

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012

Editor's Desk: The Taste of Success
Dashboard: Pay by Phone - Current Conditions - Work Without Boundaries - Digital Personalities
IBM Perspective: The Performance of Many, the Efficiency of One
Trends: Why zBX Outperforms DIY When Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure
Q&A: Accurate TCO Analysis Demonstrates the True Value of System z
IT Today: IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Streamlines Software Delivery
Case Study: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Shelter Insurance employs a measured approach in adopting Linux on zEnterprise 114
Cover Story: Internal Transformation: System z is at the center of initiative, which has saved the company $100 million so far
Feature: Large Memory Tames Big Data: The System z stack evolves to deliver business value from more memory
Tech Corner: A More Effective Comparison Starts With Relative Capacity
Administrator: JES2 Helps Expedite the Relocation of Data Volumes
Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.0 - Vanguard Security and Compliance Solutions - MegaCryption DB - ASG-TMON for DB2 - Reflection Suite for X - Orchestrated IT
Advertiser's Index
Stop Run: Wreck Diving Brings IBMer Face to Face With Lost History
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IB Tape Storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Editor's Desk: The Taste of Success
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Dashboard: Pay by Phone - Current Conditions - Work Without Boundaries - Digital Personalities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IBM Perspective: The Performance of Many, the Efficiency of One
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Trends: Why zBX Outperforms DIY When Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Q&A: Accurate TCO Analysis Demonstrates the True Value of System z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IT Today: IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Streamlines Software Delivery
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Case Study: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Shelter Insurance employs a measured approach in adopting Linux on zEnterprise 114
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover Story: Internal Transformation: System z is at the center of initiative, which has saved the company $100 million so far
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 35
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Feature: Large Memory Tames Big Data: The System z stack evolves to deliver business value from more memory
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Tech Corner: A More Effective Comparison Starts With Relative Capacity
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Administrator: JES2 Helps Expedite the Relocation of Data Volumes
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.0 - Vanguard Security and Compliance Solutions - MegaCryption DB - ASG-TMON for DB2 - Reflection Suite for X - Orchestrated IT
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Advertiser's Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Stop Run: Wreck Diving Brings IBMer Face to Face With Lost History
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 56
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - BG2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IB Tape Storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T5
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