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Mainframes: Open Source database PostgreSQL now available on Bull novascale gcos 7 servers

Bull reaffirms its strategy to modernize the 'legacy' environments at the heart of the Data Center

Paris, March  22, 2011 -

Bull is today announcing that the Open Source database PostgreSQL is available for its novascale gcos 7 open mainframes. This move is in line with Bull's strategy to open up and modernize the 'legacy' environments at the heart of many large-scale Data Centers.

The challenge is to enable the IT Departments of major companies and central government to evolve their central 'legacy' databases to PostgreSQL - the leading Open Source relational database. The key to this is greater openness and flexibility, at a lower cost than traditional solutions, with much easier integration with mainframe applications in internal 'Clouds'.

The PostgreSQL is already being used by numerous large organizations worldwide. In particular, it has been available on Bull novascale gcos 8 since 2010, where it manages around a billion queries a day.

PostgreSQL is supported by a dynamic and independent international community. Its members meet regularly at conferences in Europe, America and Asia, which attract a growing number of delegates. In particular, the annual PostgreSQL conference taking place at the end of March in New York will enable Ken Rosensteel, Database Architect at the Bull Engineering Center in Phoenix (Arizona), to share best practice and lessons learned from migrating 'legacy' environments to PostgreSQL.

Cutting the cost of ownership by a factor of two... or even 30

Over and above the benefits of modernizing and opening up 'legacy' environments, adopting PostgreSQL at the heart of the Data Center means IT Departments can make very significant savings on cost of ownership. Research carried out by Bull experts shows that the cost of ownership compared with using a proprietary database can be anything between two and over 30 times lower; depending on the type of server and the high-availability solutions being used these costs include, for an equivalent level of service delivery, license fees and support costs over three years.

"To ensure successful exchanges with Unix, Windows and Linux environments, GCOS 7 customers benefit from native interoperability solutions, Web services and gateways," explains Jean-François Bauduin, Director of novascale gcos systems at Bull. "Now we are further strengthening our strategy to open up our mainframes, by adding the PostgreSQL database to our range of available offerings. This is a key element in our vision for how GCOS 7 Data Centers will evolve, especially with the future prospect of private Cloud-type architectures. Our customers will discover that this is a real boost to their competitiveness and budget optimization."

A comprehensive infrastructure services solution including round-the-clock support

Bull's solution to migrate older-generation databases to PostgreSQL is one of the most comprehensive available. In particular, it features consulting and implementation services, as well as optimization, for both infrastructures and applications. For environments destined to run mission-critical applications - the core of Bull's business activities - the Group offers a complete, multi-level support service.


PostgreSQL and associated support services from Bull for mission-critical applications are available now.

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Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

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