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SEAL Systems Collaborates with IBM to Bring PLOSSYS® to New IBM LinuxONE 4 Express System

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    New IBM LinuxONE system designed for cybersecurity, scalability and AI inferencing for hybrid cloud environments

    We are excited to collaborate with IBM as the company unveils its new system available globally on Feb. 20, 2024. Powered by IBM’s Telum processor, this new system expands the performance, security and AI capabilities of IBM LinuxONE to small and medium sized businesses and within new data center environments. This can potentially bring SEAL Systems clients significant cost savings and is designed to remove the guess work for clients when it comes to spinning up workloads quickly and getting started with the platform.

    Synergizing the Strengths of LinuxONE Express 4 and PLOSSYS®

    The collaboration between IBM and SEAL Systems AG brings forth a solution that leverages the high availability, security, and scalability of LinuxONE Express 4 with the advanced output management capabilities of PLOSSYS. This powerful combination is engineered to support extensive documentation requirements, automate electronic distri­butions, and deliver efficient, worry-free printing solutions. As a result, businesses can enjoy a streamlined, secure, and scalable output management system that aligns with their digital transformation goals.

    Customer Benefits Post-Launch

    Following the launch on February 20, customers stand to gain significantly from this collaboration:

    • Advanced Security and Compliance: By harnessing the robust encryption capabilities of LinuxONE and the advan­ced document security features of PLOSSYS, now certified to run on both LinuxONE and IBM Hyper Protect, offers advanced protection of data. This powerful combination ensures that PLOSSYS not only meets but exceeds compli­ance standards, providing an unmatched high-level of security for your documents and data.
    • Seamless Scalability: The ability to effortlessly scale operations to meet demand, supported by the robust infras­tructure of LinuxONE Express 4 and the efficient document flow management of PLOSSYS.
    • Operational Cost Savings: Reduced TCO through optimized resource utilization, automated processes, and a stream­lined IT landscape.
    • Enhanced Efficiency: A simplified IT infrastructure that reduces complexity, enhances maintainability, and improves operational efficiency.

    Building an integrated hybrid cloud strategy for today and years to come

    According to IBM, when organizations move their products and services online quickly, oftentimes, they are left with a hybrid cloud environment created by default, with siloed stacks that are not conducive to alignment across businesses or the introduction of AI. In a recent IBM IBV survey, 84% of executives responding acknowledged their enterprise struggles in eliminating silo-to-silo handoffs. And 78% of executives answering say that an inadequate operating model impedes successful adoption of their multicloud platform.[1] To accelerate and scale the impact of data and AI across the enterprise – and ultimately improve business outcomes – IBM predicts that organizations are starting to build a more intentional hybrid cloud.

    IBM brings the power of hybrid cloud and AI with LinuxONE to a simple, easy to use format that fits in many data centers. IBM LinuxONE 4 Express offers an approachable hybrid cloud platform entry point for small to medium sized businesses and startups. For example, IBM LinuxONE 4 Express systems, with GDPS, IBM DS8000 series with HyperSwap and running a Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform environment, are designed to deliver 99.999999% availability.[2]

    IBM LinuxONE 4 Express is designed to help clients simplify their IT environments and cut costs by consolidating databases onto a LinuxONE system. Designed to bring significant cost savings for clients over time, clients that move Linux workloads from compared x86 server to an IBM LinuxONE 4 Express can save over 52% on their total cost of ownership over 5 years. [3]

    Installing these systems in the data center can help create a new class of use cases, including streamlining the distribution and management of documents across diverse enterprise ecosystems. Tthat facilitates the efficient submission, management, and distribution of information and documents. This integration is pivotal in ensuring that businesses have access to a system that not only manages their output needs efficiently but also secures and scales with their growth.

    As a part of the IBM Ecosystem, SEAL Systems is helping companies unlock the value of their infrastructure invest­ments by implementing the tools and technologies designed to help them succeed in a hybrid cloud world. We are excited to be working closely with the IBM Ecosystem to bring new innovations to our clients.

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    [2] DISCLAIMER: IBM internal data based on measurements and projections was used in calculating the expected value. Necessary components include IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper 4; IBM z/VM V7.2 systems or above collected in a Single System Image, each running RHOCP 4.10 or above; IBM Operations Manager; GDPS 4.5 for management of data recovery and virtual machine recovery across metro distance systems and storage, including Metro Multi-site workload and GDPS Global; and IBM DS8000 series storage with IBM HyperSwap. A MongoDB v4.2 workload was used. Necessary resiliency technology must be enabled, including z/VM Single System Image clustering, GDPS xDR Proxy for z/VM, and Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation (ODF) 4.10 for management of local storage devices. Application-induced outages are not included in the above measurements. Other configurations (hardware or software) may provide different availability characteristics.

    [3] DISCLAIMER: Compared IBM LinuxONE 4 Express Model consisting of a CPC drawer and an I/O drawer to support network and external storage with 12 IFLs and 736 GB of memory in 1 frame, versus compared 3 x86 servers with two Xeon Sapphire Rapids Platinum 8444 processors with 32 cores each (2ch/32c) with a total of 384 cores. All Systems are modeled to be running Linux Postgres Enterprise-DB workloads with virtualization and DB tools. Results may vary based on client-specific usage and location. LinuxONE hardware is the expected global price in $USD and discounts. X86 purchase price was included and maintenance costs is from IDC’s Pricing Service: https://www.idc.com/myidc3/products with an aggressive discount. Postgres Enterprise-DB software and tools prices are based on street prices that is discounted from the list price. TCO is calculated over a 5-year horizon. Cost estimates include hardware costs and annual maintenance, Linux OS subscription costs, virtualization software, people cost, and infrastructure (network, energy, space) costs.