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Digital service providers are accelerating workload performance, enhancing security, improving TCO and boosting customer satisfaction with cloud technologies. Explore the case studies below to find out how to deliver innovation in the cloud, whatever your industry.



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Chaos Group Offers Clients Flexible Solutions

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Chaos Group

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Bulgaria

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Chaos Group Offers Clients Flexible Solutions

As it worked to develop both on-premises and cloud-based rendering services, Chaos Group knew that scalability would be key to meet the needs of a wide range of clients and projects of differing sizes. To deliver high-quality rendering services while still keeping total cost of ownership (TCO) low, Chaos Group needed to ensure its services were reliable and efficient.

Read the case study to learn more about how Intel’s solutions were able to help:

  • Meet the demanding high-performance compute (HPC) requirements associated with ray tracing
  • Give clients the flexibility to work locally or in the cloud, depending on their needs
  • Keep costs low without compromising on quality of service

How PlayGiga Leverages 5G with Cloud Gaming

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PlayGiga

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Spain

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How PlayGiga Leverages 5G with Cloud Gaming

PlayGiga leveraged Intel® technology and services including 5G expertise and cost-effective scalability to provide a solution that meets customers’ user experience expectations. Find out how it helped to:

  • Increase profitability with low-latency services
  • Boost performance to power demanding consumer workloads
  • Deliver great gaming experiences with faster access to the cloud
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Zoho Accelerates SaaS Offerings

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Zoho

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India

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Zoho Accelerates SaaS Offerings

To successfully serve 35 million customers worldwide, global cloud service provider Zoho needed to ensure its data centers were optimized to cope with demanding workloads. Zoho collaborated with Intel to optimize its infrastructure with the latest Intel® technology, allowing it to:

  • Enhance service performance while also reducing latency
  • Meet customers’ specific data security and compliance requirements
  • Improve user satisfaction by offering a high standard of customer experience

Intel Helps iFLYTEK Lower TCO

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iFLYTEK

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China

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Intel Helps iFLYTEK Lower TCO

iFLYTEK incorporated Intel’s latest technology into its artificial intelligence (AI) cloud infrastructure to achieve a balanced performance increase in AI computing and cloud storage. Find out how this integration helped to:

  • Increase performance levels to either match or surpass those of general purpose GPU solutions
  • Gain easy access to AI models and increase cloud response time by building a hot data cache into the AI cloud
  • Deliver a cutting edge end-user experience by creating a low-latency, high-performance solution
  • Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by combining the power of 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with the new storage capabilities of Intel® Optane™ Technology

Telefónica Meets Demanding Customer SLAs

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Telefónica

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Spain

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Telefónica Meets Demanding Customer SLAs

Telefónica implemented an optimized HCI solution based on the latest VMware* and Intel® technologies to offer the advantages of a consolidated, modern virtual infrastructure to meet their service-level agreements (SLAs) for virtualized mission-critical databases on a single homogenous architecture. Find out how it helped them to:

  • Scale performance with faster caching
  • Meet stringent SLA requirements by reducing vSAN congestion
  • Sustain higher throughput and lower latency

ScaleMatrix Provides Flexibility and Performance For Its Customers

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ScaleMatrix

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US

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ScaleMatrix Provides Flexibility and Performance For Its Customers

Cloud service provider ScaleMatrix uses the latest Intel® technology to offer customers cloud, co-location and on-premise services, meeting customers wherever their demands require and supporting compute-intensive workloads such as artificial intelligence, internet of things and high-performance computing.

Find out how ScaleMatrix is:

  • Providing customers with high-performance solutions using Intel® processors
  • Offering flexibility with different hardware options to meet customers’ needs
  • Developing services for new verticals such as health science

Expedient Delivers Enhanced Workload Performance for Its Clients

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Expedient

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US

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Expedient Delivers Enhanced Workload Performance for Its Clients

Enhanced workload performance is helping cloud service and managed service provider Expedient offer better results for its clients. Find out how Intel is enabling Expedient to provide services that meet customer needs for new services and maximize performance in two key ways:

  • Intel® processors accelerate performance for key, compute-intensive workloads like artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Intel expertise supports Expedient and helps it to stay ahead of technology trends, which means Expedient can develop the services customers will demand in the future

NAVER Selects Intel® Technology for Real-Time Video Transcoding

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NAVER

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South Korea

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NAVER Selects Intel® Technology for Real-Time Video Transcoding

Competition among Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) is fierce. The ability to continually innovate and launch differentiated services is crucial for survival. This is why Korean service provider NAVER turned to Intel for support developing its real-time live video streaming service.

Intel worked closely with NAVER to compare the image quality, performance and TCO of the Intel Xeon processor E3-1285L v4. Intel and NAVER collaborated to fine tune the performance of NAVER’s in-house transcoding software using Intel® Media Server Studio. NAVER found that:

  • The Intel Xeon processor E3-1285L v4 with built-in Iris® Pro graphics P6300 graphics acceleration provided high video quality that meets NAVER’s expectations and requirements
  • NAVER was able to deliver H.264 1080p transcoding performance at 60 frames per second (fps) using Intel® Quick Sync Video optimized by Intel Media Server Studio, allowing it to process a high number of channels per server for a low TCO
  • NAVER launched a compelling and differentiated real-time video streaming service for the local market segment1,2, fending off competition from CSP giants and local specialist providers

Meituan Open Services Drives Value from the Data Center with Intel

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Meituan Open Services

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China

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Meituan Open Services Drives Value from the Data Center with Intel

Meituan.com, a market leader in online-to-offline (O2O) local life service platforms, offers a range of e-commerce services connecting millions of people. Due to rapidly increasing demand, Meituan needed to enhance the performance and efficiency of its data centers fast.

However, in addition to meeting user demand, the platform also wanted to keep costs low. This led them to deploying Intel’s OpenvSwitch with Data Plane Development Kit (OvS-DPDK), which offered clear benefits over their existing vSwitch (virtual switch), vanilla OvS.

Ovs-DPDK enables accelerated virtual switching, which has given Meituan greater manageability, as-well as significantly scaling up their performance capabilities. They were able to incorporate this into their existing infrastructure, bringing resource and cost benefits.

The high performance capabilities of OvS-DPDK give it powerful revenue generating potential. Since it can be added into an existing architecture, it gives CSPs the possibility to expand their businesses as quickly as possible.

JD Speeds Up Image Analysis by Replacing GPUs with CPUs

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JD.com

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China

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JD Speeds Up Image Analysis by Replacing GPUs with CPUs

JD is a leading retailer and cloud service provider in China. To analyze its huge database of merchandise images, JD worked closely with Intel to deploy the BigDL deep learning library on the Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers that store the images. It also used The Apache Hadoop* and Spark* frameworks handle resource management, making it easier to develop new applications in the future, while still remaining performance efficient

After making these upgrades, JD found that

  • Performance increased by up to 3.83×1, compared to the alternative GPU based solutions
  • JD established a platform for innovation that will be used to create new applications easily, for internal use and new public cloud services
  • JD lowered its total cost of ownership for the solution, by reusing its existing hardware estate for analysis, compared to operating a separate GPU cluster

Douzone Bizon Selects Intel® Technology to lower TCO

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Douzone Bizon

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South Korea

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Douzone Bizon Selects Intel® Technology to lower TCO

Korean cloud service provider (CSP) Douzone Bizon was looking to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its infrastructure. It investigated using Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8164 processor to increase virtual machine density, and reduce the number of physical servers, as well as required floor space, power, and cooling.

Douzone Bizon carried out a PoC and a further performance test, and found that:

  • Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8164 processor increases VM density by 30 percent compared with its current Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2699 v41
  • Fewer physical servers require less data center floor space, power, and cooling
  • By lowering TCO, Douzone Bizon can ensure it remains competitive

DigitalOcean Chooses Next-Gen Intel® Processor for its Compute-Intensive Platform

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DigitalOcean

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US

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DigitalOcean Chooses Next-Gen Intel® Processor for its Compute-Intensive Platform

The cloud platform providers market is characterized by fierce competition and rapid releases. DigitalOcean, in collaboration with Intel, set out to capture a bigger share of this market with a new service optimized to meet the needs of developers with compute-intensive analytics workloads.

The solution was the High CPU Droplet, based on the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8168 processor, and optimized by Intel engineers to create a platform that delivers reliable, industry-leading performance at an affordable price.

By using the latest Intel® technology, DigitalOcean:

  • Lowered price-per-performance while improving computational performance
  • Reduced the risk of disk failures and data loss
  • Took a new offering to market in less than six months

Descartes Labs: Taking on the world

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Descartes Labs: Taking on the world

New advances in cloud and satellite technology have opened the door for innovative new services. Descartes Labs is building a living atlas, combining historical and current satellite data, to offer comprehensive geographical information to its clients in real time. Its technology runs on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, which accelerates the compression of huge data volumes.

Descartes Labs has implemented Google Cloud Platform, preemptive VMs, 96-core Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor and Intel® VTuneTM Amplifier to deliver increased performance and cut down costs. These improvements have won over new business in a wide range of industries.

Packet Provides Infrastructure for Developers

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Packet

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US

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Packet Provides Infrastructure for Developers

The pressure is on for cloud service providers (CSPs) to facilitate ever increasing workload requirements. In addition to higher demand, customers are also searching for greater control over their environment, requesting direct access to hardware. In a standard cloud environment, users are provided with a virtual machine (VM) as the foundation for their infrastructure. VMs act as a powerful resource, however they often prevent customers from making decisions surrounding the underlying software, such as the use of a hypervisor. Packet, a leading provider of bare metal cloud services, keep infrastructure automation to a minimum. This enables customers to retain control over their applications, selecting the software tools that best suit their needs. Intel is an ally in providing support to companies who seek to innovate their hardware offering, and worked on a collaboration with Packet called “Accelerate with Optane”. During this collaboration, in addition to providing customers’ with the ability to make their own choices, Packet also witnessed increased performance and cost-efficiency.

Scaling Containers Across the Hybrid Cloud

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NCSoft

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South Korea

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Scaling Containers Across the Hybrid Cloud

NCSoft, a video game developer, prefers to host its established games in-house, both to lower costs and to enable performance optimization in its stack. However, if there is an unexpected rise in demand from players, the company needed to be able to scale into the hybrid cloud smoothly.

NCSoft Software used modules that require dynamic performance and scalability are based on the Intel® Xeon® Gold processor, and worked with Intel to optimize application performance using Intel® developer tools and compilers. It also used Intel® SSDs to accelerate the writing of player logs and other files and deployed a hybrid cloud container-based infrastructure, with Kubernetes used to orchestrate containers in the hybrid cloud.

NCSoft found that these upgrades:

  • Enabled fluid scalability in the hybrid cloud, striking a balance between the performance optimizations that can be achieved in-house and the scalability of the public cloud
  • Increased performance by removing storage bottlenecks

Launching An Enhanced Security Cloud Solution With Intel and VMware

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phoenixNAP

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United States of America

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Launching An Enhanced Security Cloud Solution With Intel and VMware

Reaching new customers in the crowded cloud computing sector is very difficult, which means innovation is essential. To differentiate its Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, phoenixNAP is working with Intel and VMware to build a cloud solution with enhanced security that doesn’t come at the cost of performance.

To do so, they are using the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and the VMware vSphere* virtualization platform to develop the ‘Data Security Cloud’: a solution that combines the flexibility of cloud computing with enhanced hardware security features. By partnering with Intel, phoenixNAP were able to get pre-launch access to new processors, engineering expertise, and bespoke financial modelling to help optimize virtual machine density in the data center.

Thanks to this partnership:

  • phoenixNAP was able to begin work on the Data Security Cloud as early as possible, reducing time-to-market
  • The solution is being launched in cooperation with Intel and VMware, enabling phoenixNAP to reach more customers
  • phoenixNAP has been able to differentiate its business by giving customers the ability to protect sensitive workloads in the cloud

Sify Technologies Limited Launches Brokerage as a Service Based On Intel® Architecture

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Sify

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India

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Sify Technologies Limited Launches Brokerage as a Service Based On Intel® Architecture

As India’s cloud service provider industry has evolved, differentiation has become critical in order for established companies to stay ahead of the game. One of the country’s largest ICT companies, Sify Technologies Limited, decided to meet this challenge by delivering a highly regulated Brokerage-as-a-Service trading platform for the financial services industry, based on 63 Moons’ ODIN platform. Due to the unique needs of financial trading, the service must withstand highly volatile demand as well as delivering the high performance and reliability that brokers require.

Sify based its solution on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor platform, which delivers the performance required, along with enhanced security and micro segmentation. VMware vSphere* and Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) are used to manage an isolated Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC) for each broker, to further increase security and performance.

As a result, Sify has been able to extend its business in the Software-as-a-Service market, allowing it to potentially reach the 11,000 brokers operating on India’s exchanges.

Driving Cost Efficiencies With Higher Network Bandwidth

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NxtGen

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India

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Driving Cost Efficiencies With Higher Network Bandwidth

As part of its mission to improve service levels for customers at the lowest possible cost, Indian cloud service provider NxtGen upgraded its Network Interface Cards (NICs) in order to optimize price-performance ratio. Alongside the need for higher service levels, the CSP faces accelerating demand for greater bandwidth in its data centers, driven by an increase in data-heavy workloads such as big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. NxtGen was also keen to mitigate any potential networking bottlenecks in its multitenant environments caused by increasing traffic for the virtual machines on its Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor servers.

The company upgraded its NICs from industry-standard 10GbE to 25GbE Intel® Ethernet Network Adapters XXV710. In combination with its previous investments in Intel Xeon Scalable processor servers and Intel® Solid State Drives, NxtGen can deliver line-rate performance for large application buffers with low CPU usage while being able to allocate CPU resources to multiple tenants.

Mail.ru Group Cuts TCO By Up To 40 Percent With More Powerful Processors

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Mail.ru

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Russia

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Mail.ru Group Cuts TCO By Up To 40 Percent With More Powerful Processors

A leader in the Russian internet market, Mail.ru Group (MRG) needs to innovate continuously to stay ahead of the competition. As a result, one of its challenges is to cost-effectively bring new ideas to market as smaller test projects, before scaling up the offerings to its broad customer base.

When MRG launches new services, it uses the Intel® Xeon® processors E5-2620 v3, which offer a lower cost entry point, allowing the company to efficiently test them in its data centers. As its scales these services up, MRG uses the more performant Intel® Xeon® E5-2660 v4 processor, which offers a higher core count, and has a larger cache and memory bandwidth. This greater performance allows MRG to consolidate servers and save on data center rental or hosting costs.

With the new processor, MRG is able to do the work of up to three old servers with one new one, and:

  • Realize one-year operational cost savings of up to 67 percent
  • Realize one-year capital expenditure savings of up to 35 percent
  • Achieve a three-year TCO reduction of up to 40 percent

Launching HPC-as-a-Service Offering on Intel® Technology for a Competitive Edge

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Advania Data Centers

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Iceland

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Launching HPC-as-a-Service Offering on Intel® Technology for a Competitive Edge

High-performance computing (HPC) operators have been slow to adopt a cloud approach due to concerns around public cloud performance, a lack of specific HPC expertise in the cloud industry, and the failure of CSPs to deliver a consumption model that meets their requirements.

Quick to seize an opportunity for differentiation, Nordic CSP Advania Data Centers (ADC) has brought to market an HPC-as-a-Service (HPCaaS) offering that addresses all of these customer concerns, and more.

Thanks to technology from Intel, combined with its own extensive cloud and HPC expertise, ADC is now able to offer its customers high-performing, easily scalable HPC infrastructure either hosted, as a service, or as a hybrid of both these approaches.

The ability to offer HPCaaS brings huge revenue-generating potential and service differentiation to ADC. Currently there are few HPC operators using the cloud for their HPC workloads, so the potential for growth is significant.

Efficiency gains and costs reduction with thermal and energy management

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Mandic

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Brazil

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Efficiency gains and costs reduction with thermal and energy management

With over 20 years in the market, Mandic Cloud Solutions is one of the leading Brazilian companies in cloud computing, specializing in providing IaaS and SaaS. In order to maintain quality and further improve its operations, Mandic wanted to upgrade the energy efficiency of its data centers. One of the solutions adopted was the Dell OMPC (OpenManage Power Center) software, which manages the power consumption and temperature of servers, allowing Mandic to balance the use of equipment, reducing power consumption and increasing the capacity of its servers.

The solution used Intel® Node Manager throughout the server fleet across Mandic’s three data centers. As a result, Mandic:

  • Expanded the rack occupancy rate by 40 percent;
  • Reduced electricity consumption by 30 percent;
  • Improved its environmental impact;
  • Optimized space in its data centers; and
  • Monitored and controlled the temperature of the servers, increasing their general availability and mitigating the risk of unplanned stoppages.

Deploying Intel® Trusted Execution Technology to Enable a Trusted Private High Performance Cloud

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DuPont

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United States of America

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Deploying Intel® Trusted Execution Technology to Enable a Trusted Private High Performance Cloud

DuPont’s private cloud implementation is a useful case study for cloud service providers considering their approach to security.

With research areas ranging from nanotechnology and alternative energy to plant genetics, DuPont is taking aim at societal problems such as feeding the planet, providing clean energy and protecting the environment. It needed an efficient mechanism to ensure compliance with regulatory and security standards.

Using cloud management software and 32-core Dell PowerEdge R910 servers equipped with the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series, DuPont created policy-driven trusted compute pools, with the necessary geo-fencing. Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) was used to ensure the compute pools remained trusted, based on the original configurations across both Linux and Windows environments.

Read the case study for more details.

Yahoo: Improving User Experience with a New Approach to Cloud Storage

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Yahoo!

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United States of America

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Yahoo: Improving User Experience with a New Approach to Cloud Storage

More than a billion people use Yahoo! products and services in their daily lives – from news and email to Flickr. All these services are provided for free, and they are growing exponentially. This puts pressure on Yahoo! to ensure it stores and manages its data effectively.

The company shifted from a traditional storage model to an open source, software-defined Ceph storage approach. It now uses Intel® Xeon® processors, Intel® Solid-State Drives based on PCIe, and Intel® Cache Acceleration Software to support this new model.

As a result, Yahoo! is able to:

  • More effectively control costs;
  • Increase throughput by up to 400 percent; and
  • Reduce end-customer latency by as much as 75 percent.

Watch the video to find out more.

Bank Leumi Launches Mobile-Only Banking

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Bank Leumi

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Israel

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Bank Leumi Launches Mobile-Only Banking

If you’re looking to create or evangelize the software defined data center, take a look at this case study about one of Israel’s largest financial institutions, Bank Leumi.

In order to deliver the country’s first mobile-only bank, it needed a more responsive IT environment that would enable it to bring new services to market quickly and cost effectively. As part of this initiative, it also needed to bring together existing siloes of data and development teams to help its existing bricks-and-mortar brand, as well as its new mobile-only brand, to develop and operate efficiently and deliver a great experience to its customers.

The bank implemented a private cloud based on EMC Hybrid Cloud with VMware NSX-v and Dell EMC vBlock, based on a software-defined data center model powered by Intel® Xeon® processors E5 family. This combines networking, storage and servers into one environment, optimized for the needs of its applications.

With the new private cloud infrastructure:

  • New services can be set up in three hours, instead of the three weeks required previously;
  • Projects can be executed in an hour, which used to take three weeks;
  • Firewall policies can be defined in just 15 minutes, instead of eight hours; and
  • Developers and stakeholders can also work more efficiently to create new products and services.

 

Optimized hospital management with Healthcare Cloud-in-a-Rack

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Taichung Veterans General Hospital

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Taiwan

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Optimized hospital management with Healthcare Cloud-in-a-Rack

The ‘Cloud in a Rack’ model is based on an OpenStack open source cloud platform running on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. Software-defined storage (SDS) technology allows IT administrators to provision and monitor storage across disparate vendor systems and commodity hardware.

One organization that is using it is Taiwan-based Taichung Veterans General Hospital (VGH), which is committed to delivering comprehensive integrated medical services using advanced technologies and the latest medical research.

It runs up to 1,200 different types of application to allow its IT personnel to oversee the testing and development of new systems in the hospital, and it needed to simplify management of the servers used to run these applications. It also wanted to automate data storage and backup processes to support the specific needs of virtual machines, and it needed to centralize its IT operations to reduce costs.

This new ‘Cloud in a Rack’ model has enabled the hospital to:

  • Improve IT efficiency and productivity;
  • Enhance organizational agility;
  • Improve system performance; and
  • Contribute to its green computing vision.

Community Hospital Takes the Lead on Health Information Exchange

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Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

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United States of America

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Community Hospital Takes the Lead on Health Information Exchange

For cloud service providers, the healthcare sector represents a growing opportunity. Health information exchanges (HIEs), which enable disparate organizations to securely share patient data, have emerged as a core element of healthcare reform.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is a 109-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Torrington, CT. CHH’s leaders began establishing its HIE with a clear understanding of the information gaps in their community, a strong focus on the patient, a “start small and grow” philosophy, and a cloud-based implementation model that makes it easy to add new members. Within 18 months of CHH’s initial planning sessions, the HIE, branded as CHHconnect, has enrolled more than 100 member organizations.

The solution comprises three key elements:

  • Siemens Healthcare’s MobileMD provides the HIE infrastructure and interface;
  • The solution is hosted on a secure private cloud based on the Intel® Xeon® processor;
  • The Intel Xeon processor E5 provides high performance and I/O throughput for data-intensive workloads along with hardware-aided encryption support to increase information security.

Industrial System Consolidation in Action

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Emerson Process Management / Baosight Software / Pentamaster Corporation

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United States of America

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Industrial System Consolidation in Action

Most compute workloads can now run anywhere, creating opportunities for CSPs to deliver services that traditionally needed to be on-premise. The smart factory is one such example. As automation expands in the smart factory, companies are consolidating discrete workloads, including process control, visualization, and data acquisition, onto a single system. This helps reduce capital outlay and footprint, and lowers operational expenses for power, cooling, and management. It can also deliver greater security by reducing system-to-system communications.

Intel is working with ecosystem players around the world to help customers realize the smart factory vision. For example:

  • Through an integrated virtualization solution tailored to process automation, Emerson Process Management, Dell, and Intel accelerated time to market for virtualized, consolidated systems in industrial settings. The solution lowers costs and allows manufacturers to continue running important legacy software, while keeping hardware up to date and supporting newer software investments.
  • Baosight Software uses the consolidated iCentroGate-GAP gateway to help customers consolidate data acquisition and transfer into a single system. This provides secure access to data for manufacturing and business intelligence. At the same time, it reduces operating expense, system footprint, energy consumption, and integration and support efforts.
  • By consolidating the vision processing modules in its Glove Unique Reprocessing Unit (GURU) with Intel® technology, Pentamaster was able to greatly improve the speed, energy efficiency, and manageability of the system.

Boosting Video Performance for Seamless UX

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Le Cloud

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China

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Boosting Video Performance for Seamless UX

The Cloud Services marketplace in China offers plenty of choice to enterprises and consumers but creates profitability challenges for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). Global cloud ecosystem provider LeCloud must innovate new products and services frequently and deliver them at a competitive price point. This meant that it needed to build a cloud infrastructure capable of supporting new high-performance, next-generation cloud services, with the lowest possible total cost of ownership (TCO).

LeCloud sought to maximize the performance capabilities of its newest video transcoding cloud services while remaining able to supply customers at a more competitive price than alternative cloud service providers:

  • To establish the most cost-efficient hardware and software combination, LeCloud evaluated the new Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor against currently available solutions from Intel.
  • With the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor, LeCloud delivers video transcoding services with a 1.51X performance boost compared to previous generation Intel Xeon processor E5-2699 v4.
  • The new processor allows LeCloud to reduce latency in video transcoding and deliver a smoother user experience for its millions of customers.
  • Through specific software optimizations, LeCloud also uses Intel® AVX-512 – new to the Intel® Xeon® processor Scalable family – to deliver a further 22 percent performance improvement of its video transcoding solution over the previous generation Intel Xeon processor.

 

AppFormix and Intel Enable an End-to-End Infrastructure Solution

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AppFormix

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United States of America

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AppFormix and Intel Enable an End-to-End Infrastructure Solution

For cloud operators, the performance of the infrastructure is a top concern. Now it’s possible to get an insight into how the hardware is performing at the level of the processor cache, I/O and counters, on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family v4.

AppFormix provides data center monitoring and control software that provides visibility, monitoring and orchestration of your workloads, to help you better plan your capacity. Together with the Intel Xeon processor, AppFormix provides an end-to-end solution for monitoring and controlling the application workloads on your infrastructure, so you can improve your service to your customers.

Watch the short video with experts from AppFormix and Intel, to find out more.

Cloud Modernization with Open Infrastructure

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TIVIT

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Brazil

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Cloud Modernization with Open Infrastructure

Cloud service providers are turning to open source to improve business results, reduce costs and limit vendor lock-in. One such example is TIVIT.

TIVIT wanted to shift its business model from business process outsourcing (BPO) to integrated IT services with BPO. This shift would add more innovative services and expand its offerings, but, it also came with complexity. The need for lower cost, flexibility, and freedom from vendor lock-in, plus an open source (higher margin) platform, drove the need to develop an open source solution.

That solution was based on OpenStack and Ceph storage. It enabled TIVIT to transform beyond traditional IT services and offer:

  • Multicloud solutions (offering public, private or hybrid cloud in partnership with other cloud service providers);
  • Hybrid cloud solutions;
  • On-demand cloud solutions; and
  • TIVIT One Cloud, TIVIT’s self-service tool for customers to identify the best location to provision a virtual machine.

The solution is based on Intel® SSD DC S3500 Series, Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 product family, Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520-550, and Quad Port Intel® I350-AE4 Gbe I/O Module.

Software-Defined Storage Enables Agility and Faster Analytics

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UBS AG

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Switzerland

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Software-Defined Storage Enables Agility and Faster Analytics

To make the case for using SSDs to accelerate your cloud infrastructure, it’s useful to have some research that shows the benefit. That’s provided here in a case study about UBS AG, a Fortune 100 financial institution. The organization strengthens its competitive stance with business intelligence (BI) derived from increasingly sophisticated analytics. Its IT group wanted to incorporate BI tools into its storage system so it could perform analytics tasks efficiently on the enterprise data in situ, rather than moving data into a separate system for analysis. Coho Data collaborated with Intel to build a flexible, scalable solution using a software-defined storage model and a data-centric infrastructure.

In testing performed in a comparable configuration—but without the Coho Data storage components—Intel staff members tested standard spinning hard disk drives against Intel SSDs in a multi-tenant environment. The results indicated that individual jobs took up to 2.5 times longer to complete on spinning drives than on the flash-based system.

Real-Time Analytics Examples

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FarmLogs / Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

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United States of America

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Real-Time Analytics Examples

Cloud technology enables us to tackle complex but critical challenges. By allowing us to bring together data from multiple sources and run real-time analytics, it is helping scientists in a range of disciplines make a significant impact on our daily lives and the future of the planet.

For example:

  • FarmLogs has developed a cloud-based solution that helps farmers improve their productivity. Globally, the agricultural industry needs to increase production by around 50 percent by 2050, but at the same time we’re losing farm land every year. The FarmLogs app allows farmers to see all that’s happening across their farms in real time, including weather conditions, and vegetative health. With this deeper insight, farmers can reduce waste and increase production.
  • The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is using cloud technology to pull together vast amounts of data from monitors and GPS stations across Oregon and Washington. Using real-time analytics, the team can alert people more quickly when an earthquake is likely or in progress, as well as predicting the severity and impact a quake is likely to have. Even a few additional seconds’ warning can help save money, save lives and protect the economy.

Both solutions are based on the Intel® Xeon® processor.

UOL is a pioneer at using Intel® Trusted Execution Technology for cloud computing in the Brazilian market

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UOL

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Brazil

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UOL is a pioneer at using Intel® Trusted Execution Technology for cloud computing in the Brazilian market

Some companies have shied away from the cloud because they have been concerned about its security. UOL has implemented Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT), in conjunction with Virtustream control software. Intel® technology implements a security layer on the hardware, preventing attacks and the insertion of malicious code during the server boot process.

Intel TXT is a mechanism that has a safety root linked to a component called TPM (Trusted Platform Model). Using this component, it is possible for all software elements to be validated by the hardware, as of the moment the system starts up. In a data center, for instance, the technology prevents any inserted malicious code in the hypervisor from infecting all the virtual machines in operation.

Read the case study to see how you can offer a higher level of security to your cloud customers, and win their business.

The Enterprise Data Hub in Financial Services

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3x anonymous FSI

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Worldwide

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The Enterprise Data Hub in Financial Services

Financial services companies are often prime candidates for big data and cloud solutions. They handle vast amounts of customer data – often siloed in legacy systems – and consolidating it can bring big benefits. Adding new types of data, such as social media and phone calls, makes the case for cloud-based data management and analytics even stronger.

Using Apache Hadoop and the Cloudera Enterprise Hub financial organizations can collect, control and interrogate their data in new ways, helping to increase revenue, enhance the customer experience and boost security:

  • A leading payment processing company ingests 4TB of data per day into its Hadoop environment and uses it to supplement fraud detection and prevention. It estimates that this has saved millions of dollars in fraud losses.
  • A top investment bank uses Hadoop to explore petabytes of data around its investments, transactions and customer histories. It can now identify and solve problems as they happen, or even before, and can provide its financial advisors with customized recommendations to clients based on real-time market conditions.
  • A large insurer has brought together customer account information, public economic and social studies, and telemetric sensor data in its Hadoop cluster. It runs descriptive modelling across all this complex, multi-structured data and has seen an average 7,500 percent increase in speed of analytics, helping it make timely and differentiated offers to its customers.

 

BookMyShow offers a seamless ticketing experience with NxtGen and Intel

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BookMyShow / NxtGen

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India

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BookMyShow offers a seamless ticketing experience with NxtGen and Intel

Cloud service provider NxtGen uses Intel® NVMe Solid State Drives (SSDs) to offer customer BookMyShow excellent speed and low latency as part of its NxtGen Infinite Datacenter solution.

BookMyShow is the largest online entertainment ticketing platform in India, with a presence in over 400 cities. It records millions of transactions each month for movies, theatre, sports and live events. It experiences extremely high levels of traffic during blockbuster movie releases and major sporting events so it needed to upgrade its technologies and infrastructure to meet growing demand and offer a seamless booking experience.

By shifting to a hybrid IT infrastructure with cloud and data center solutions provider NxtGen, BookMyShow took advantage of cost-effective scalability offered by NxtGen’s Infinite Datacenter solution. As part of this solution, the Intel® SSD DC P3608 delivers BookMyShow excellent speeds with low latency, offering twice the capacity compared to other Intel® SSDs of the same physical size. As a result of the NxtGen solution, BookMyShow now has a more cost-effective way to to deal with its dynamic online traffic as well as a reduced server footprint.

For more details on this solution, read the Infinite Datacenter solution brief.

Dynamically Controlling Server Power Consumption and Reducing Data Center Peak Usage by 16 to 18 Percent

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NTT Data

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Japan

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Dynamically Controlling Server Power Consumption and Reducing Data Center Peak Usage by 16 to 18 Percent

Reducing power consumption is important to all CSPs but for NTT Data Corporation, based in Japan, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake meant acting fast to reduce power. As a result of the earthquake, the country’s nuclear reactors were shut down, leaving power in short supply. NTT tested two methods of controlling power consumption: using servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, and deploying Intel® Data Center Manager to aggregate the information from these servers and carry out power capping policies.

Using the Intel Xeon processor E5 family, Intel® Node Manager and Intel® Data Center manager, NTT Data found it could:

  • Reduce peak electrical power usage in the data center by 18 percent by reducing the performance of high-load servers to 90 percent; and
  • Cut 16 percent of the peak electrical power usage in the data center by reducing the performance of low-load servers to 70 percent.

This result allows NTT Data to provide a reliable and stable service to clients entrusting their mission-critical systems to the data center.

EasyStack Collaborates with Tsinghua University to Create the Largest Chinese Research Cloud Platform

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Tsinghua University

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China

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EasyStack Collaborates with Tsinghua University to Create the Largest Chinese Research Cloud Platform

If you’re looking to deploy OpenStack, or have clients considering it, this case study includes some statistics that really show what it can do. The OpenStack cloud platform at the Tsinghua University has:

  • Cut the institution’s data center procurement cost by 60 percent;
  • Cut its time spent on daily IT management by 33 percent; and
  • Cut its electricity costs by 80 percent.

It is used to perform advanced research in many emerging areas, such as DNA sequencing, social networking, and natural language analytics. It has 6,000 cores, with 16TB of memory and 540TB of storage, making it China’s largest production/education/research all-in-one OpenStack cloud platform.

Read the white paper to see how EasyStack helped create the cloud platform, including providing the ESCloud cloud management platform, and configuring the cloud for high performance, high availability and backup.

G Cloud Deploys Intel® Virtual Gateway in Remote Data Center

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Shanda Games G Cloud

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China

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G Cloud Deploys Intel® Virtual Gateway in Remote Data Center

Cloud servers are often located in particular geographies to deliver the best performance for their user communities, but that can create a weak point in the service should a server go down. Shanda Games has found a way to recover quickly.

Shanda Games’ G Cloud is a cloud computing platform that delivers gaming experiences for Shanda Games’ own portfolio as well as for external customers. The stability of the G Cloud infrastructure is paramount as downtime or unexpected loss of accumulated game credits jeopardizes online gamers‘ loyalty to the games and creates distrust toward the game provider. But with online gaming deployed regionally, a single point of failure in one area could lead to loss of data across that geography. The G Cloud data center ops team needs to conduct recovery and maintenance remotely – a working method that could delay problem detection, slow the response of on-site staff and negatively impact on valuable customers.

Shanda Games deployed the Intel® Virtual Gateway solution across their G Cloud infrastructure. This allows them to:

  • Efficiently detect existing failures and eliminate potential ones by replacing manual checks with automatic ones;
  • Realize remote automatic management of the data center, enhancing efficiency, saving money on hardware procurement and human resources; and
  • Improve the stability and efficiency of G Cloud’s IT infrastructure.

Flash Drives Storage Performance

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Nutanix

Location
United States of America

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Flash Drives Storage Performance

The desire to deliver IT infrastructure with greater ease of use, rapid self-service, and a seamless experience for end-users has given rise to a new data center technology: hyperconverged infrastructure.

Hyperconverged infrastructure combines both compute and storage into a single building block, connected over 10-gigabit Ethernet. By eliminating hardware-based storage controllers with their own networks, hyperconverged systems enable the delivery of higher read/write speeds.

The Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform converges compute and storage-network resource pools in this way into a single, integrated appliance based on:

  • The Intel® Xeon® processor;
  • Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSD) Data Center Series; and
  • 10GbE Intel® Ethernet Network Adapters.

The platform allows data centers to flexibly scale capacity, upgrading and expanding systems at their own pace with linear, predictable scale-out and pay-as-you-grow expansion. Intel has enabled Nutanix to build an IT infrastructure that enhances both efficiency and affordability for end-users, delivering 8x faster deployment at 50-60 percent lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Intel and KIO Networks Solve Cloud Storage Problems

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KIO Networks

Location
Mexico, Spain, Central and South America

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Intel and KIO Networks Solve Cloud Storage Problems

For companies that provide cloud services, minimizing power and cooling costs while delivering—or improving— on SLAs is imperative. KIO Networks reduced power demand for storage operations by switching from hard disks to the Intel® SSD Data Center Family. Deploying open source-based storage using Ceph also improved operational efficiency, flexibility, and the ability to meet SLA terms. KIO Networks has deployed an Intel SSD Data Center Family with over 1PB of storage capacity.

On average, the old solution with spinning drives was consuming 1.6 times more energy in each rack compared to the new solution with SSDs. While the purchase cost for mechanical drives is less, they use more energy, costing much more to operate and maintain.

Australia’s largest bank deployed SDI to drive innovation and improve efficiency

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

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Australia

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Australia’s largest bank deployed SDI to drive innovation and improve efficiency

For an organization to be agile, it’s not enough to be able to deliver software quickly. The infrastructure that it is based on must also be flexible, otherwise delays in upgrading it could derail app launches.

This is something the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), which has 19 million customers, understands well. It has used software defined infrastructure (SDI) to:

  • Create a flexible platform for testing and launching its software experiments;
  • Cut per unit operating expenditure (OPEX) by 90 percent; and
  • Cut software deployment times from 2 weeks to 3 hours.

Watch the video for the full case study. It shows the importance of the cloud for enabling innovation, in the banking sector and indeed anywhere that software is developed.

Johnson & Johnson deploys hybrid cloud to meet IT infrastructure demands

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Johnson & Johnson

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United States of America

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Johnson & Johnson deploys hybrid cloud to meet IT infrastructure demands

Johnson & Johnson can help you to demonstrate the benefits of a cloud-based infrastructure to your clients. The company aims to virtualize up to 85 percent of its environment. Already it has:

  • Cut provisioning time from three months to under an hour;
  • Cut the cost of its large ERP environment by half; and
  • Increased its performance by 60 percent.

Its architecture is based on private cloud environments with public cloud providers, and it has introduced highly automated security and compliance processes. Every 15 minutes, every object in its infrastructure is checked for security and operational correctness.

On the back of this infrastructure, Johnson & Johnson has launched cloud-enabled virtual desktops, call center as a service, and big data applications. For a company that grows through acquisition, it has been especially valuable to be able to achieve visibility of all its data, with a view across the islands that the old infrastructure enforced. Its cost of integrating large ERP platforms has been cut by half, while the time taken has been cut by two-thirds: compelling numbers that can help you to explain the benefits of the cloud.

Creating the Collaborative Cancer Cloud with Oregon Health & Sciences University and Intel

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Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU)

Location
United States of America

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Creating the Collaborative Cancer Cloud with Oregon Health & Sciences University and Intel

By delivering the latest AI and data analytics technologies, cloud service providers can enable research aimed at uncovering lifesaving discoveries. This video explains how the Collaborative Cancer Cloud (CCC), created by Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and Intel, is making precision medicine – the idea that patients with the same cancer may require different treatments – a reality.

The CCC is a precision medicine analytics platform that:

  • Allows researchers to securely share genomic, imaging, and clinical data;
  • Offers workflow orchestration to minimize data transfers; and
  • Performs joint computations across multiple sites, allowing data to be shared while preserving patients’ privacy.

By 2020, Intel and OHSU envision the entire treatment process for a patient, from diagnosis to treatment plan, happening in just 24 hours. Key technology components of the CCC will also be open sourced, so research institutions of all sizes can use the technology to advance cancer research, and apply it to advance research in conditions such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Deploying VMware solutions on an Intel platform to improve IT service delivery

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Umeå University

Location
Sweden

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Deploying VMware solutions on an Intel platform to improve IT service delivery

Sometimes internal customers are the toughest to please, but cloud service providers can help their clients rise to this challenge. This video reveals how Umeå University in Sweden used Intel and VMware technologies to manage high levels of internal demand for its IT services. When departments requested new server capacity, it typically took weeks or even months to fulfil their requests, and required a large amount of costly hands-on support.

Umeå University deployed an SDI solution with 18 virtual hosts, each equipped with dual Intel® Xeon® E5 processors. It also used 220TB of all-flash storage, connected to the virtual host using Cisco network infrastructure. This was all located in two separate data centers, connected to public clouds to extend the availability of their services. The university is also deploying VMware vRealise, and VMware ESXi solutions.

Thanks to this architecture:

  • The time taken to deploy new services fell from 5 days to just 30 minutes;
  • The launch of a new customer self-service portal also led to improved customer satisfaction; and
  • The university calculates it will see a full return on investment in 12 months.
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