Telia, Linux and a Shark

Telia will be the first European company to deploy a major commercial information technology system based on the Linux operating system.

Telia – Scandanavia’s largest telecommunications and Internet service provider — will be the first European company to deploy a major commercial information technology system based on the Linux operating system.

Telia will install a combination of IBM mainframe and Shark storage technology, both running on Linux, to host and run its business and consumer Internet services operations across Scandanavia. Telia also will offer customers in the Nordic countries Internet Protocol/Virtual Private Network services.

Telia will replace its 70 existing Web hosting Unix servers with a single IBM S/390 G6 enterprise server, which will host more than 1500 virtual Internet Linux servers simultaneously. Each virtual server acts as a Web server for individual Telia-hosted business customers.

Telia will move data from its current storage servers to a 11.4 Terabyte IBM Enterprise Storage Server (Shark).Telia intends to replace an existing customer billing system for Internet service providers based on Oracle databases, he said.

The virtual Internet servers will be managed by Telia’s business customers independently as if they were using their own separate physical machines. At Telia, one single person will be able to manage all the independent virtual Web servers via a single graphical management system.

The IBM S/390 is able to host up to 30,000 virtual Linux servers at the same time using IBM’s Virtual Machine operating system to host servers virtually and independently.