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Slumberland Lowers Intel® Xeon® Processor Costs by 57 Percent

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Slumberland Lowers Intel® Xeon® Processor Costs by 57 percent
With “best platform for virtualization,” Slumberland lowers server deployment costs by 75 percent
Slumberland Furniture sells name-brand products at a value price, which makes efficient operations a corporate imperative. Slumberland’s IT department plays a vital role, both by running the applications that streamline business processes and by making smart technology choices. Slumberland is executing a four-year plan to standardize all corporate computing on the Cisco Unified Computing System* (UCS*) based on the Intel® Xeon® processor, and Seth Mitchell, Slumberland’s infrastructure team manager, says every server the company deploys helps improve the bottom line.
Challenges
• Optimum value.With retailers affected by shifts in consumer spending, Slumberland looks for technologies and strategies that can streamline the business, enhance IT’s efficiency, and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
• Growing capacity requirements.As a result of increased business demand, IT had pending requests for 30 new servers.
Solutions
• Virtualize and standardize on the Intel Xeon processor family.Slumberland virtualized its environment on Cisco’s next-generation UCS powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series, consolidating its servers by 20:1.
• Adopt advancing technologies.Slumberland is moving quickly to deploy Cisco UCS platforms based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5670, and expects to run 60 virtual machines (VMs) on a single, full-width physical blade.
Impact
• High performance for server virtualization.Slumberland estimates that it has reduced its requirements for physical space, power, and cooling by 95 percent by virtualizing on the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based Cisco UCS.
• TCO savings.Server management costs have dropped from USD 1,575 per server to just USD 80 per server with the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based UCS. The Intel Xeon processors’ automated energy efficiency contributes further TCO savings.
• IT efficiency, business agility.Using the new platforms, IT’s two-person server team manages 120 servers. IT deploys new business applications rapidly, helping Slumberland execute its business strategies and deliver an outstanding customer experience.
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