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IDS Scheer Shows How Virtualization Dramatically Simplifies a Complex IT Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

IDS Scheer wanted to meet demanding customer service level agreements, including: capable of near-continuous operations; rapid recovery in case of unplanned outage; scalable systems able to meet unpredictable demand; commercially attractive pricing for growth; reduce system administration and management overhead and costs; redeploy technical staff from physical systems maintenance to proactive customer-facing tasks. It simplified system architecture & systems management, virtualizing both servers and storage; reduced physical server estate from 131 physical servers to nine IBM System x3850 M2 servers, each with two Intel Xeon Quad core E7330 2 processors running at 2,4GHz with 128GB memory; implemented VMware VSphere server as the core server virtualization technology; introduced IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) to manage 30 IBM System Storage devices, including DS3400, DS4300, DS4700 and DS4800.

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