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Transforming Business-Critical Infrastructures through Migration

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Transforming Business-Critical Infrastructures through Migration

Itanium®-based servers are changing the face of business-critical computing by delivering enterprise-class scalability and availability on an industry-standard computing architecture that is more flexible and affordable than proprietary RISC and mainframe architectures. The broad choice of vendors, operating systems, and applications provides a solid foundation for integration, and enables core enterprise applications to be scaled well beyond the limits of legacy technologies. Large businesses around the world are migrating to Itanium-based systems, and finding that the move helps to free them from the limitations of proprietary architectures, while improving the economics of their data centers in fundamental ways.

The flexibility and scalability of Itanium-based servers make them ideal for:

• Scaling up existing Linux* and Windows* applications to handle heavier workloads, more users, and multi-terabyte datasets.

• Replacing aging RISC-based systems with Itanium-based systems (running UNIX, Windows, or Linux) to increase performance and availability, while reducing costs.

• Modernizing proprietary mainframe environments to reduce costs and enable easier integration with new applications.

• Since Itanium-based systems integrate easily with Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers, organizations can mix and match these two industry-standard server architectures to achieve the best total value across all their applications. New tools and resources have emerged that make migration to both architectures relatively easy. In many cases, legacy UNIX* applications can run without substantial change, and can be managed and maintained using familiar tools and interfaces. Software migrations can then be conducted incrementally, with critical code being ported based on specific cost, benefit, and risk analyses. Proven tools and methods are available for software porting, and in some cases can reduce traditional porting efforts by as much as 90 to 95 percent.

Read the full Transforming Business-Critical Infrastructures through Migration White Paper.