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Computer Business Review: Swisscom Dumps Mainframes for Private Cloud – Cuts IT Costs 60%

A major Swiss telecommunications and IT provider has successfully moved all business critical legacy mainframe applications and data to x86 servers/private cloud – without any data reformatting or recompilation of its application programme code – in a move that it says will slash its IT costs by 60 percent.

Swisscom – Switzerland’s answer to BT, as the country’s original monopoly provider – says the business-critical applications came in at 2,500 installed MIPS (million instructions per second) and managed billing, geography and address information and line administration for the provider’s entire fixed line network. All this workload now runs on Swisscom’s own private cloud. (Which is built on ESX vdirector running on EMC/Cisco x86 hardware and storage).

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