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IT departments will be embroiled in IT transformation from now on. Private Clouds proliferate IT shops are surprised at the number of corporate applications in the public cloud MicroServers will be a bigger part of... Enterprise IT & 2103: Some PredictionsBack I'm one of the featured speakers on this webinar. I'd sure like you to join me and ask questions. Get expert insight for modernizing your mission-critical IT environment Intel® IT Center Ta... Modernize Your Mission Critical Systems - Webinar Dec. 18thBack If you are using legacy UNIX infrastructure to host those applications… What is a Mission Critical application? Everybody has their own definition, regardless of how the definition is framed it ... Mission Critical Apps: You're paying too much to keep them running...Back I get questions occasionally from customers. One recently was, ‘Can Intel Xeon Processors handle a 20TB Oracle database?’ We get this question occasionally and the question doesn’t ma... Database Performance & Real World QuestionsBack You have 60 UNIX servers from one vendor running a consumer facing application; the finest money could buy 4 years ago. They have performed adequately and the vendor has provided good support but now the bill is due a... Application Performance & Cost: The Big Squeeze on ITBack Costs are being closely watched in every division in an enterprise, but particularly in the IT department - controlling IT spending is an objective in nearly every organization. There are also corporations where what ... Infrastructure Update: Move Legacy Applications to the CloudBack In the first post on this topic on server modernization, I started us off on moving an Oracle Database the Old Way "Quickly" and have gotten us to this point. Now we will set up all of the scripts for the appl... How to Move an Oracle Database the Old Way - "Quickly" Pt 2Back Let’s say you’re moving an Oracle database from a legacy RISC server to Linux on Intel architecture. You’ve been asked to improve the performance of the application along with the migration. ThatR... How to Move an Oracle Database the Old Way - "Quickly" Pt 1Back It’s time for the final migration. You’ve completed a Proof of Concept and a rehearsal for the process but now you have to complete the process and move the actual production application while it rem... Reaching the Final Frontier: The Production MigrationBack The modern application can be quite a complex beast. Some applications are self-contained in one huge binary (or more likely a collection of binaries) working together. It is surprising how many times I en... App Migration: The Light at the End of the Tunnel is Closer Than You ThoughtBack I was at a conference recently and while I demonstrated the Xeon E7 processor RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) features, I discussed RISC to IA migration with the attendees. Occasionally I got blank sta... RISC to IA or Server Migration – what do we call all this effort?Back Never do something in IT that ends up in the newspaper and embarrasses your boss. That’s the second rule of business. The first rule is ‘Never Surprise your Boss.’ It appears that... Get Testy to Avoid Server Migration EmbarrassmentsBack You’ve done the Proof of Concept (PoC) and now everyone clamors to put the system into production. Some see the application running after the PoC and ask you to link it in to the network. Yet, you know tha... Data Migration and IT Modernization – What’s all this about a Rehearsal?Back I’ve been writing about executing the Proof of Concept for a RISC to IA migration. I want to step back with this post and present a context for this activity. The POC is best for migrating a applicat... IT Modernization & Data Migration: A Spectrum of OptionsBack In my previous blog I described the methodology to run a Proof of Concept when migrating a production database that underlies a mission critical application. This blog covers the analysis of the results of the P... RISC to IA Migration - Finishing the PoC and Sizing the Target ServerBack Running a Proof of Concept (PoC) may seem like a slam dunk. You know your application, you know your users and it should be easy to test the application out on new hardware. All I need to do is copy ... RISC to IA migration – Rising to the Proof of ConceptBack The migration from expensive legacy RISC platforms to lower cost commodity Intel Xeon based servers is not a trivial effort but it need not be so daunting that staying on the expensive RISC server is a reasonable alte... A Pilot or a Proof of Concept? The First Step in the RISC to IA MigrationBack "We’re moving the RISC based applications to Xeon based servers. What size server do I need?" This is usually the 1st question and is the right question - But at the wrong time. By the time it&... What size server is the right sized server?Back The Xeon E7 was released on April 5th - Now the SGI server here in our lab can now support 320 threads on 160 cores to process data along with its 512GB of RAM (expandable to 4TB with the existing configuration!).&nbs... The Big Intel Xeon Just Got BiggerBack 'We're gonna need a bigger boat' - Jaws How to answer: "How big a box do I need?" The number 1 request I hear from customers looking to move from RISC systems to IA is sizing. What size box... Sizing Compute Needs in the Data CenterBack