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Virtualized Intel® Architecture Boosts MSC Software Data Center

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Virtualized Intel® Architecture Boosts MSC Software Data Center

Simulation Gets a Boost with Efficient Virtualized Data Center
MSC Software improves data center performance and simulation product development after migrating to a virtualized Intel® architecture platform powered by Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series.

Challenges
• Transition to a unique platform: Manage and support six different hardware platforms delivering seven different simulation products while keeping business trends in mind for future product development.
• Increase computing capacity while lowering hardware footprint: Boost computation of CPU cycles, computing core, and memory capacity for better I/O throughput.
• Lower cost and practice eco-friendly operations: Reduce infrastructure capital and operating expenses while achieving more computation results with lower power and cooling requirements.

Solutions
• Move from proprietary hardware to X86 platform: Consolidate all supported platforms on the X86 platform to improve management, and develop and deliver products using only this new platform.
• Deploy Cisco UCS* with Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series: Significantly increase the efficiency of the data center to support a higher number of cores.
• Use Intel’s virtualization capability: Adopt virtualization to shrink data center footprint while lowering power usage and cooling requirements to adopt eco-friendly practices.

Business Value
• Managed cost-effectively: Reduced spending on infrastructure capital and operating expenses.
• Eco-friendly practices: Smaller server footprint lowered energy consumption and cooling requirements, and delivered a smaller carbon footprint.
• Boost product development: Intel Xeon processor 5600 series-based virtual farm helped significantly in the product development vision to have a 24-hour cycle for full build and regression, and a two-hour code certification cycle for all portfolio products.

Technology Results
• Enhanced data center performance: Cisco UCS running on Intel Xeon processor 5600 series with eight cores made it easier for MSC to consolidate all platforms so they can be managed more effectively.
• Smaller data center footprint: Adopting virtualization helped shrink the server footprint while increasing virtual/physical server percentage by 70 percent.
• Better energy efficiency: Intel Xeon processor 5600 series helped build an efficient virtual farm that increased the virtualization percentage on a standard platform, lowering power consumption and data center footprint.

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