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Fullerton India needed to meet the high demand for loan processing uptime and availability and cut the cost of operations and platform maintenance. It decided to migrate from a RISC-based platform to Intel® architecture powered by Intel® Xeon® processor E7545. Higher storage capacity per server helped cut operations and hardware maintenance costs. Plus, the added processing power boosted the loan processing time, creating a competitive advantage by reducing the loan application time for customers. The new platform also delivers advanced reliability, availability and serviceability to support mission-critical applications like loan processing.

 

“Moving from RISC-based architecture to the Intel Xeon processor-based platform provided savings of up to 45 percent on operation costs, while offering easy availability of skill sets around the Intel platform," said Samir Khare, general manager and head of IT business solutions for Fullerton India. "The support environment and knowledge base available enhance the overall usage experience of the Intel platform and allow for easy maintainability.”

 

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Hungarian company Invitel needed to develop a new cloud infrastructure service to offer its enterprise clients a simple and high-performance way to enhance their IT hardware and software resources. The technology behind the service had to handle the simultaneous demands of thousands of clients and let Invitel guarantee the security and independence of customers’ data in a multi-tenanted IT environment.

 

The company chose  servers from Dell powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, running a virtualized computing environment based on software from VMware and Microsoft Windows* Server 2012. Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) ensures the integrity of the virtualized operating environment by protecting against intrusion attempts on BIOS, firmware, and other pre-launch software components. And Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), built into the processors, supports powerful encryption of data at rest, in applications, and when being transmitted--without impacting performance. The new secure, high-performance infrastructure has helped Invitel stay responsive to its growing customer base and get ready to expand outside Hungary.

 

“Basing our cloud offering on the processing performance of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family has enabled us to deliver the dependable service our business customers require, with data security protection in place to ensure compliance with Hungary’s laws and regulations," explained Gyongyver Gerlei, interim CSO for corporate business at Invitel. "The technology allows us to plan for the future expansion of the service, knowing that our platform offers the scalability and reliability to achieve this.”

 

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DuPont.jpgIT engineers from DuPont and Intel collaborated to explore the performance benefits of Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers with Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI). In a proof of concept and extensive laboratory testing, the engineers saw performance improvements of up to 300 percent in encryption and decryption.

 

The Intel Xeon processor E5 and E7 families, with the hardware acceleration of Intel AES-NI, can dramatically reduce the overhead associated with encryption and decryption while making encryption stronger. These solutions can help companies like DuPont protect their information while maximizing the return on their hardware investments.

 

For the whole story, download our new DuPont white paper. You can find more business success stories like this one on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes.  And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

China TravelSky.jpgThe top-of-the-line Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family delivers record-breaking performance and scalability for mission-critical challenges. Here's how two companies are putting it to work:

  • China TravelSky Holding Company Optimizes Data Center, Boosts Aviation Tourism Business: China TravelSky needed more servers in each rack to improve data center utilization and ensure system stability and top performance. It also wanted to expand the power capacity of its servers for better energy efficiency. The solution was migrating from its RISC-based platform to  Intel Xeon processor E7 family-based servers, which have helped it save up to 15 percent in power consumption,  accommodate more servers to meet growing business demands, and improve data center utilization.
  • Private Cloud Enhances Business Vitality for ICBC Credit Suisse: ICBC Credit Suisse needed to optimize its computing resource allocation and shorten the cycle from development testing to normal business operation. It also wanted to improve its server utilization rate during non-trading hours and  find a new IT resource management system to reduce the cost of managing physical servers. It built a virtualized enterprise private cloud platform with servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E7 family. Now its data center maximizes computing resources, improves IT management, saves energy, and cuts costs.

 

You can find more business success stories like these on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

NextBio.jpgTo make it easier to use the vast amounts of data being generated, collected, and stored every day—also known as big data—Intel recently announced Intel® Distribution for Apache Hadoop* software, built from the silicon up to deliver industry-leading performance and improved security features. Learn how two companies are already using it in these new business success stories:

 

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Waves.jpgA great combination of performance, energy, and cost savings makes the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family a perfect choice for your data center. In two new business success stories, you can learn how other companies are already putting it to work:

 

You can find more business success stories like these on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

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China's SuperCloud is a leading cloud server provider delivering low power consumption, high density, customization, and green power for its customers. For the low power usage effectiveness (PUE) it needed, SuperCloud turned to Intel® Data Center Manager.

 

Intel Data Center Manager is a power management solution stack for the data center that provides accurate, real time power and thermal monitoring and management for individual servers, group of servers, racks, and IT equipment.

 

"With Intel Data Center Manager, our new 9000 series is released and we will do it much better," explained King Tsui, chief technology officer for SuperCloud, "and I believe not only can it save much power, but also this will be the new data center architecture. I think this is a major, major big change and big step."

 

For the whole story, watch our new SuperCloud video. As always, you can find many more business success stories on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

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MSC software needed to manage six different hardware platforms delivering seven different simulation products while keeping business trends in mind for future product development.  It was essential to boost the computation of CPU cycles, computing core, and memory capacity for better I/O throughput. MSC was also looking to reduce infrastructure and operating expenses while achieving better computation results with lower power and cooling requirements.

The solution was moving from the proprietary hardware it had been using to a more efficient X86 platform based on Cisco UCS* with Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series. Adopting virtualization helped MSC shrink its data center footprint while lowering power usage and cooling requirements.

 

“We have significantly increased the efficiency of our data center by implementing the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series and Cisco UCS," explained Himanshu Shah, director of global IT for MSC Software, "enabling faster application response time to enterprise business applications and decreasing overall product build time by 10 percent and regression time by 70 percent.”

 

For the whole story, download our new MSC Software business success story. As always, you can find many more like this one on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

 

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e5Diagnomics.jpgServers, workstations, and storage solutions based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family deliver the right combination of performance, built-in capabilities, and cost-effectiveness to make data centers more flexible and efficient. In two new business success stories, you can see how it's become the  solution for industries as diverse as video game manufacturers and researchers unlocking the human genome:

 

  • It's Game On for Video Manufactures: Intel Xeon processor E5 family, Ultrabook™ devices, and Intel® Solid State Drives help video game manufacturers bring their products to the marketplace on time.

 

 

You can find more real-world business success stories like these on Intel.com and iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, be sure to follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

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One of Europe’s biggest hosting companies, Strato provides a range of online services including HiDrive*, a subscription-based cloud storage platform for business users and consumers. To prepare the platform for future user growth and ensure the continued high performance of the service, Strato has enhanced its data center infrastructure with a new virtualized storage environment based on hardware including Intel® Xeon® processors E3 family, Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) 710 and Intel® Ethernet 10 Gigabit Server Adapters. The new hardware platform offers a more cost-effective and flexible alternative to proprietary storage systems and provides the high performance, reliability, and scalability Strato needs as it looks to grow the user base for HiDrive.

 

“The performance we achieved with Intel’s technology in our benchmarking tests convinced us that it was the right choice for our new virtualized storage platform," explained René Wienholtz, CTO of Strato. "Our Intel-based deployment offers an ideal mix of speed, reliability and compatibility, and is more costeffective than the proprietary storage arrays we considered.”

 

For the whole story, download our new Strato business success story. As always, you can find many more like this one on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

 

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As China’s city digitalization continues to develop, cities are becoming increasingly information-based. Digital China has set its sights on deepening its relationships with local governments to help promote advanced information technologies. Through its Smart City* cloud computing solution, it's looking to effectively integrate urban public resources, help local governments provide premium services for civilians and enterprises, and enhance government management of civilians and enterprises. Digital China's goal is to help cities make the shift from digital cities into smart cities.


“Some cities in Jiangsu province have already deployed Digital China’s Smart City cloud computing solution based on Intel® architecture," explained Haiquan Li, cloud computing business director for Digital China. "By applying Intel® Xeon® processor 7400 series, Intel® Virtualization Technology, and Intel® Node Manager (Intel® NM), data center architecture has become more stable and reliable.”


To learn more, download our new Digital China business success story. You can find more real-world business success stories like this one on Intel.com and iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, be sure to follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

 

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Stream Mind was chosen by the largest French banks to provide software to support SEPAmail*, a new messaging network designed to efficiently and securely transfer supporting information and documentation relating to financial transactions across the Internet. To ensure its software can meet the requirements of all potential customers, from individuals to large financial organizations, Stream Mind collaborated with HP to offer a range of hardware and hosting solutions based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family and HP ProLiant* Gen8 servers. By optimizing its software to take advantage of the processors’ capabilities, Stream Mind has strengthened its offering to customers ahead of the launch of SEPAmail.


“Optimizing our applications for the Intel Xeon processor E5 family and HP ProLiant Gen8 servers has enabled us to develop a higher-performing, more reliable and–crucially–cost-effective proposition," explained Nicolas Muhadri, founder and president of Stream Mind. "By supporting our offering with Intel’s technology, we can ensure the scalability of our offering, and its compatibility with our customers’ existing IT environments.”


To learn more, download our new Stream Mind business success story. You can find more like this one on Intel.com and iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, be sure to follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

 

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The Michigan Department of Education works with the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) to analyze a wide range of data from the state’s K–12 schools. The goal is to generate new insights that can help boost academic performance, improve planning and budgeting, optimize the utilization of assets, and more. To accommodate the growing use of analytics from a variety of users, CEPI needed a way to provide large-capacity temporary disk space for workload processing while conserving its storage area network (SAN) resources. A pilot program showed that installing Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) in analytics servers could significantly improve query performance and deliver a rapid return on investment (ROI).

 

“In our testing, the Intel SSD 910 Series delivered significantly better performance than the SAN for both short and long queries," explained Steve St. Laurent, database administrator for Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB). "With one long query, we saved two hours and 45 minutes—a reduction of more than 60 percent. The improved performance will help reduce user frustration and increase productivity.”

 

Learn more in our new Michigan Department of Education business success story. You can find more like this one on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

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Jewish Home Lifecare (JHL) is a New York-based nonprofit that's been providing healthcare services and assistance for elders for more than 160 years. But recent changes in the healthcare industry had overwhelmed JHL’s existing IT infrastructure, pushing its legacy systems to the limit just to meet day-to-day requirements. Given the organization’s large-scale electronic medical record (EMR) initiative, as well as other plans for growth across three facilities, it was clear JHL needed to review and upgrade its IT infrastructure.


For help, JHL turned to Derive Technologies, which helps companies modernize their data center facilities, infrastructure, and applications. Derive helped JHL deploy a new systems infrastructure featuring storage area network (SAN) virtualization, systems virtualization, and unified groupware and messaging technologies. The solution included three VMware ESX* servers using an HP c7000* enclosure with HP BL490c* blades, powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series.


“The Intel Xeon processors 5600 series provided the exceptional performance we were looking for and enabled us to reduce energy costs by adjusting performance to meet demand,” explained Darius Stafford, Derive's CTO.


To learn more, download our new Derive Technologies business success story. You can find more like this one on Intel.com and iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, be sure to follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter

 

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Computacenter is Europe’s leading provider of IT infrastructure services. It advises organizations on their IT strategies, implements the most appropriate technology from a wide range of vendors, and, if required, manages its customers' technology infrastructures.


Computacenter introduced its SAP Procedural and Service Model* to help customers identify the best SAP HANA* appliance, based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family, to suit their SAP platform strategies, together with a roadmap for installation. Several features of the Intel Xeon processor E7 family make it the ideal platform for performance, reliability, availability, and energy efficiency. Within the first month of launching its SAP HANA Procedural and Service Model, Computacenter had signed up three customers.


“Ultimately, we will be able to generate new revenue streams and develop much closer relationships with our customers,” explained Rene Stolte, solution manager for Computacenter.


To learn more, download our new Computacenter business success story. You can find more like this one on Intel.com and iTunes.  And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, be sure to follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

 

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