IBM is helping us stay ahead of the curve.

Scott Ellis Senior, Senior IS Manager of Information Systems and Data Services, America First Credit Union

Business Challenge story

Increasing member numbers and new services at AFCU resulted in annual growth of transaction volumes of 15 percent – leading the organization to seek greater processing power to avoid limiting growth.


Upgraded to IBM® zEnterprise® EC12 servers running core banking workload on IBM z/VSE® alongside applications on Linux with IBM DB2® database, with IBM Tivoli® software to protect data against loss.


AFCU’s core banking system was written for the IBM z/VSE operating system and the organization continues to run it on this environment.  AFCU was one of the first adopters of the dedicated Linux processors for System z, named Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), and continues to supplement its core banking functionality with new applications on Linux for System z. This environment includes IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows, which enables AFCU to take advantage of the latest DB2 database technologies at relatively low total cost of ownership. IBM WebSphere® technologies link the two environments, giving AFCU a seamless mainframe environment that spans two distinct software landscapes.


Greater processing power at a higher density enabled a 25 percent reduction in the number of specialty engines used for Linux-based applications, lowering licensing costs by a similar proportion.

Solution Category

  • IT Infrastructure
  • Solution Components

    • DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
    • IBM Z: Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL)
    • Storage: IBM DS8870
    • Virtualization
    • Virtualization