Qld drops IBM for Sun Solaris

Here’s some nice news today — Qld resources drops IBM in $2m Unix migration. It would have been nice to see Sun or Solaris in the headline, but hey, I’ll take it. I wonder, though, why we get the generic term “Unix migration” instead. Anyway, here are some clips from the piece:

In a sign that the Unix turf war of the 90s is still raging, Queensland’s Department of Natural Resource and Mines has migrated its core transaction processing system from IBM to Sun.

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“The migration was an 18-month project and involved porting ATS to Solaris as there is some variation between the Unix systems,” [said Michael Droder, the department’s titles automation manager], adding ATS is now running on a 12-way SunFire 6800 with 48GB of memory and a second system for disaster recovery.

The total project cost was $2 million including replacing the servers and migrating the application.

“We’re already saving $200,000 a year through less management and lower hardware maintenance costs,” Droder said. “We already had Sun servers so it was an easy transition; under Sequent we had needed specialized skills.”

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