/>
X

NZ ditches IBM System i for e-government

The New Zealand government is abandoning its IBM System i server platform for e-government applications, mandating a switch to a more standard x86 architecture.Jason Ryan, spokesman for the State Service Commission (SSC) which leads the e-government push, said the architecture change was driven by a need for increased functionality.
rob-oneill-thumb.jpg
Written by Rob O'Neill on

The New Zealand government is abandoning its IBM System i server platform for e-government applications, mandating a switch to a more standard x86 architecture.

Jason Ryan, spokesman for the State Service Commission (SSC) which leads the e-government push, said the architecture change was driven by a need for increased functionality.

-We want a more flexible, extensible environment. It will also be cheaper in terms of total cost of ownership and more efficient to manage," he said.

The SSC is using a leased IBM i810 server for a range of e-government applications on both Linux and Windows platforms. System i was originally built to operate IBM's proprietary midrange OS/400 operating system and is now built around the IBM Power 5 + processor which is not x86-based.

IBM was not prepared to comment on the SSC's plans as the company would be involved in a tender to replace the current system.

However, Wayne Goss, manager of IBM's new Zealand Systems and Technology Group, said the company has invested over US$1 billion over the past three years on System i development.

On its web-site, IBM described System i as -easy to manage" and said it -simplifies your IT environment". However, the SSC said in tender documents released this week that non-x86 systems -inhibit flexibility and, from experience managing a mix of Linux and Windows-based OSs, introduce unwanted complexity and overheads."

Goss said the new System i hardware was capable of natively running multiple operating systems in their own partitions. He said it was highly secure and freed business from complexity.

-It is the best of IBM in one box," he said. -It is certainly not your grandaddy's AS/400."

While only IBM make System i, many vendors including IBM manufacture x86-based machines.

Related

CERN is firing up its Large Hadron Collider at record energy levels, in search of dark matter
cern-photo-202011-145-2.jpg

CERN is firing up its Large Hadron Collider at record energy levels, in search of dark matter

Innovation
He flew American Airlines, she flew United. For both, the unthinkable happened
screen-shot-2022-06-30-at-10-14-36-am.png

He flew American Airlines, she flew United. For both, the unthinkable happened

Business
This is the ultimate security key. Here's why you need one
Yubikey 5C NFC

This is the ultimate security key. Here's why you need one

Security