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IBM Continues to Demonstrate Commitment to Sustainability at Open Mainframe Summit Event
by Steven Dickens | September 22, 2022

The News: IBM recently launched the 4th generation of its LinuxONE servers and took the opportunity to further demonstrate its commitment to sustainability during the recent Open Mainframe Summit event by announcing a code donation to the community of a sustainability dashboard.

IBM Continues to Demonstrate Commitment to Sustainability at Open Mainframe Summit Event

Analyst Take: IBM’s continued demonstration of its commitment to sustainability was in evidence at the recent Open Mainframe Summit event where the company’s donation of a sustainability dashboard was announced.

In the keynote, IBM showed screenshots of a sustainability demo that involved 256 cores on x86 running MongoDB and moved them to a LinuxONE Emperor 4 running 19 Linux cores. The demo relied on the following stack to monitor the results:

  • Instana was used to visualize the infrastructure and check the workload
  • Grafana was used to monitor the environmental data
  • Turbonomic was used to optimize the environment
  • Envizi was used to monitor the overall environmental, social and governance indicators of the datacenter

The demonstrated outcomes were:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions were reduced
  • Electricity consumption was reduced
  • Response time and error rate improved

The sustainability Grafana dashboard that IBM has donated as open source is used to visualize sustainability metrics for workload migration from x86 to LinuxONE and now, customers can contribute to it, or use it to track their performance and savings. Without the template, customers would need to fetch the data from several data sources and put them into a single dashboard to visualize the sustainability-related metrics including app performance, environmental metrics, info monitoring metrics and calculate the energy savings by themselves.

IBM with LinuxONE is looking to drive the narrative around sustainability and how through radical consolidation of Linux workloads onto a smaller number of compute cores, customers can reduce carbon emissions and deliver against board-level mandated ESG pledges. Positioning LinuxONE as a server designed to address the challenges in making actionable steps toward ESG pledges is a wise and timely move by IBM and will position LinuxONE to new buyers and open up new opportunities for IBM as it looks to move beyond its traditional installed base.

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Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of Futurum Research as a whole.

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About the Author

Steven Dickens is Vice President of Sales and Business Development and Senior Analyst at Futurum Research. Operating at the crossroads of technology and disruption, Steven engages with the world’s largest technology brands exploring new operating models and how they drive innovation and competitive edge for the enterprise.  Read Full Bio.