Fullerton India migrates to Intel Xeon processors

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 22, 2012

intel xeonEnterprises today are increasingly realizing the benefits of lower cost of maintaining and upgrading their mission critical environments. One of these is modernizing their server infrastructure from legacy UNIX based to Intel Xeon processor-based servers that run on Linux.

Currently, Fullerton India, a leading finance company in the country, migrated from a non Intel processor to Intel Xeon E7545 2 x 2.0 GHz processor. The company announced that its Intel Xeon Solution has helped deliver 45 percent savings to the company for its Loan Origination platform.

Experts believe that data from industry analysts shows a distinct trend emerging as organizations migrate their expensive legacy UNIX/RISC infrastructures to the lower cost commodity Intel Xeon-based servers.

IDC data from 2002 and 2010 shows a decline in server revenue for RISC mainframes from US$30 billion in 2002 to US$15 billion in 2010 and a corresponding increase in Intel x86 sever revenue from US$19.2 billion in 2002 to US$30.5 billion in 2010. In March 2012, IDC stated that: “The RISC UNIX–based computing market has been on the decline across the region for many years now, with end users transitioning to x86-based technologies for the lower acquisition and management costs. All UNIX-based operating systems, such as IBM’s AIX, HP’s HP-UX, and TRU64, have been vulnerable to platform migration”.

Fullerton India migrated from a Non Intel processor to Intel Xeon E7545 2 x 2.0 GHz processor about a year ago. It has been live for about nine months now and the results show a 45 percent savings without a dip in performance.

In addition to experiencing significant business and IT benefits from the change, the company, after migrating to Intel Xeon processor-based infrastructures have experienced better performance, reliability, lower capital and operational costs and greater flexibility.

“Though moving from the RISC architecture to the Intel platform provided a significant saving, the bigger advantage is the easy availability of skill sets around the Intel platform. The support environment and the knowledge base available enhances the overall usage experience of the Intel platform and allows for easy maintainability,” explained Samir Khare, General Manager & Head – IT Business Solutions, Fullerton India, elaborating on the project.

Businesses that have updated their systems have successfully run mission critical workloads, embraced cloud computing and prepared for big data analytics to be used within their businesses. Scalable systems based on Intel Xeon E7 family processors provide robust support for mission critical applications and advanced reliability, availability and serviceability. Intel has integrated these features into the silicon and system level to provide the data integrity and system resilience required to support mission critical environments.

Although careful assessment and planning is important to ensure a successful outcome, migration to Intel Xeon processor-based infrastructure offers a foundation for layering advanced cloud functionality and tends to cost less than upgrading existing UNIX/RISC environments.