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UGF Case Study: From Pain to Gain

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UGF Case Study: From Pain to Gain

Case Study: Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series Enterprise Server
Italian financial services group embarks on ambitious virtualization project by using the power of Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series

Unipol Gruppo Finanziario is an Italian financial services operation. Headquartered in Bologna, it was founded in 1962 as a provider of non-life insurance. Today it is the fourth largest insurance provider in the country, with over 7,000 employees. In 2009, it generated revenue of EUR 9.5 billion in insurance and EUR 9.6 billion from banking. Given that much of its recent growth has developed from mergers and acquisitions, it wanted to integrate IT systems and ensure they were characterized by flexibility, agility, and dynamism. As a first step, it introduced the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series to reduce back-end processing time and increase management capabilities of front-end applications.
Challenges:
• Mergers and acquisitions: The organization has grown through a series of mergers and acquisitions, which left it with IT systems that were not performing well
• Front-end performance fall: Performance of mission-critical, Web-based applications for front office staff was adversely affected by high data volumes
Solutions:
• Virtualized server farm: Decided to create a virtual server farm across physical environments
• Processor testing: Benchmarked Intel Xeon processor 7500 series for performance and virtualization potential
Impact:
• Moving ahead: Benchmarking revealed that up to 70 to 80 virtualized machines could be created using Intel Xeon processor 7500 series
• Open world: Now has open IT systems, which have enabled it to improve disaster recovery operations and consider extending virtualization to other business-critical applications and desktop PCs
Read the full UGF From Pain to Gain Case Study.