Red Hat Enterprise Linux
for System z
IBM system z10 2097-E12
servers with four IFLs and
48GB of memory
New infrastructure based
on IBM System z
The Smart City project, Europe’s largest eco-efficient city initiative, comprises 11 companies
headed by Endesa, and aims to rationalise users’ energy consumption and cut CO
using new technologies. Red Hat? Enterprise Linux? is at the heart of the project ensuring
reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) for IBM’s IT systems and infrastructure.
“Thanks to the blend of Red Hat and IBM
solutions, the Smart City infrastructure is
the most reliable on the market, resulting
in the best availability-to-cost ratio. It also
ensures data security and safe access to
the various components of systems.
ANGEL MOREU GALUP
MAINFRAME EXECUTIVE, IBM
CUSTOMER CASE STUDY
RED HAT AND IBM FORM THE
FOUNDATION FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT
MALAGA SMART CITY PROJECT
2redhat.com CUSTOMER CASE STUDY Red Hat and IBM form the foundation for energy-efficient Malaga Smart City project
The Malaga Smart City project is Europe’s largest eco-efficient city initiative. It consists of a consor-
tium of 11 companies led by Endesa, Spain’s leading electric utility. The Malaga Smart City project
is developing the next generation of electrical power distribution grids in a way that lets customers
and distribution companies stand shoulder to shoulder to overcome the energy challenge. The aim
is to increase the use of renewable energy and commit to rational and efficient consumption.
As a part of the project, cutting-edge technology is being deployed in the Misericordia area of
Malaga: smart metering, communications systems, automation of the grid, distributed generation
and storage, and smart vehicle charging infrastructure. A smart grid is planned that will serve
approximately 12,200 consumers, of which 300 will be industrial, 900 in professional services,
and 11,000 residential. The ultimate goal of the project is to reduce energy use by 20% and CO
emissions by 6,000 tons per year.
IBM, A KEY PARTNER IN THE SMART CITY PROJECT
IBM provides the hardware and software for the basic technological infrastructure. A shared
environment that facilitates teamwork and underpins the management, operations, and running
of the Smart City project will also be implemented by IBM.
IBM will also design the systems needed to manage the way electric vehicles connect with and
impact the grid. This determines the functionality of such systems and includes choosing the
right software to embed in the electric vehicle and in the devices for charging it or hooking it up
to the grid.
The various technologies are integrated with information systems and devices to form smart dis-
tribution grids. These grids are managed through IBM’s infrastructure, which is based on Red Hat
Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux was chosen because of various factors consistent with
the specific needs of a Smart Grid infrastructure. This choice has brought major benefits for the
IT architecture of the Smart City project.
3redhat.com CUSTOMER CASE STUDY Red Hat and IBM form the foundation for energy-efficient Malaga Smart City project
RED HAT ENTERPRISE LINUX-BASED INFRASTRUCTURE
In order to back up all the functions and ensure interoperability, IBM built a mainframe-based
IT infrastructure using System z10 2097-E12 servers with four IFLs and 48GB of memory and
virtualized it using IBM z/VM. Red Hat Enterprise Linux was chosen as the operating system for
all machines supporting the applications running on the mainframe. This infrastructure allows an
unlimited number of virtual machines using Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
The use of open source ensures compatibility of the various components. The infrastructure
based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers both h