IBM Sells First Power 770+ In Europe, And It Runs IBM i
February 4, 2013 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Big Blue has announced its first big sale for the new Power 770+ servers announced last October in Europe, and the deal was done at SLIB, a software maker and service provider that specializes in for securities order, clearing, settlement, and risk analysis, among other things.
SLIB, which is based on Paris and which was founded 25 years ago, has over 100 employees and creates software it sells to broker-dealers and a back-end system to run its securities trading platform as a service. Interestingly enough, its securities trading platform, which processed some 15 million stock orders in 2012 for 50 financial institutions runs on the IBM i operating system and uses the DB2 for i database, according to sources at Big Blue.
I tried to find out what programming languages and tools SLIB uses and what systems it was using before, but I could not get my hands on the details. What I can tell you is that the company has actually purchased two Power 770+ machines, which they expect to have in production by the end of the first quarter of 2013. They are sliced up by PowerVM logical partitioning, and as far as I know they are not using IBM’s PowerHA clustering. (They could be using clustering and HA software from Trader’s, the indigenous supplier from France, or alternatives from Maxava or Vision Solutions.) What I also know is that ACMI, also based in Paris, is the IBM business partner involved in the deal.
The SLIB stack makes use of IBM’s Content Manager software, which does just what the name suggests, as well as its WebSphere MQ message queuing middleware and its Sterling line of e-commerce software.
That’s one. Or rather, deux.