Chennai: As part of its initiatives to enhance energy-efficiency, software major IBM will consolidate thousands of its computer servers worldwide into 30 mainframes to save over $250 million (Rs1,010 crore) in five years.
The estimation of the cost is in terms of power, software and system support.
The new server environment based on Linux Operating system and developed as part of the ‘Project Big Green´ programme, would help the company consume around 80% less energy than the current set-up, an IBM statement said today.
It will also make the company infrastructure more flexible to meet evolving business needs.
“By moving globally into the mainframe platform, IBM is creating a technology platform that saves energy while positioning the IT assets for flexibility and growth,” said James Stallings, General Manager, IBM System mainframe.
The company hopes that the new global infrastructure, supporting over 3,50,000 users, will serve as a ‘cutting-edge data centre design´ for large enterprises across the world.
Each mainframe would behave as hundreds and thousands of individual servers.
Around 3,900 servers after being consolidated into 30 mainframes would be recycled by IBM Global Asset Recovery Services.
Efforts would be taken to dispose of the reclaimed server systems properly as per the processes developed not to harm the environment, the statement added.