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ARMONK, N.Y., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Vissensa, a UK-based managed service provider (MSP), has taken delivery of the IBM Enterprise Cloud System, which will help the company offer new and improved cloud services to its customers.
Founded in 2008, Vissensa closely maps technology platforms to the exact business requirement of their clients. The deployment of the IBM Enterprise Cloud System allows Vissensa to extend its capabilities and offers a platform for its cloud services which can support any aspect of a client's software and service deployment regardless of size, complexity, security, performance and flexibility.
The Enterprise Cloud System provides Vissensa with the ability to deliver a pre-configured, pre-tested Linux platform which can outperform their existing x86 based cloud infrastructure. This capability is increasingly important to Vissensa customers who are adopting multi-hypervisor operating systems and technologies, and incorporating new technologies such OpenStack within their solutions to help reduce costs and increase performance.
"The zEnterprise platform offers better scalability with the most powerful processors of any server, the highest levels of availability you can get, and with better price/performance than legacy x86 hardware," said Steve Groom, CEO Vissensa. "It means we can offer a new level of service, with even better security and lower the total cost of ownership for our clients."
The IBM Enterprise Cloud System provides an integrated platform, built upon open standards, for clients and service providers looking to rapidly build out a trusted cloud environment capable of supporting mission-critical workloads.
With the ability to support up to 6,000 Virtual Machines in a single system,  provide a secure multi-tenant environment and dynamically share resources across workloads, the mainframe is uniquely positioned to meet the enterprise cloud infrastructure needs of cloud service providers and dynamic private cloud deployments. Thanks to higher system efficiency and greater scalability, the Enterprise Cloud System is projected to provide superior service for as low as half the cost as compared to select public cloud or x86 private cloud alternatives 
Building upon these strengths, the IBM Enterprise Cloud System is factory built and configured with automated cloud orchestration and monitoring to allow clients to rapidly deploy enterprise-grade cloud services. Combining System z hardware, IBM storage and IBM cloud management software into a single IaaS solution , this offering will help IT organizations and cloud service providers deliver a differentiated level of service capable of supporting mission critical workloads. Bringing these mainframe qualities of service to the cloud will also allow providers to address many of the common concerns regarding security and downtime that have been associated with the cloud.
Additionally, IBM offers the "IBM MSP Utility Pricing for System z" pricing model. Delivered through IBM Global Financing, this model provides consumption-based pricing designed especially to make cloud technologies more widely accessible to Managed Service Providers (MSPs). This consumption-based approach allows an MSP to focus on building their business rather than on the cost of their infrastructure.
For more information on Vissensa visit http://www.vissensa.com
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 Linux on the zEC12 can support up to 60 virtual servers on a single IFL or 6060 in a single footprint for large scale consolidations.
 IBM Dare to be Different Analysis, based on IBM measurements and projections.
 Combines IBM zEnterprise Linux Server (zBC12 or zEC12), IBM Storage (v7000 or DS8000) with IBM z/VM, IBM Wave for z/VM and IBM Cloud Management Suite (SmartCloud Orchestrator, OMEGAMON XE and Tivoli Storage Manager) to provide fully automated cloud management and infrastructure foundation.
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