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Consolidate on Integrity blades and reduce maintenance costs by 54%

Sprawl is a common problem in many data centers. Typically every time an application is added, a new server is needed. And after a while, these overhead expenses can get out of hand. In the case of Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecommunications provider, the situation reached a tipping point and it was clearly time to consolidate. But there was (as usual in circumstances like this) a lot to consider.


Swisscom relies on what it calls the “General Purpose Oracle Database Service,” or GPDB. It’s the heart of the company’s IT, running all the key databases and critical TIBCO middleware, which links to 122 enterprise applications. While Swisscom had been relying on a Linux cluster for high availability, it really needed a true mission-critical system given the criticality of GPDB. So the new GPDB infrastructure would not only have to support multiple versions of Oracle Database, but also deliver robust 24/7 availability of TIBCO so essential information is always available for serving customers and processing invoices.


After evaluating solutions from HP, IBM, and Oracle Exadata, Swisscom decided to replace its hodgepodge of servers and operating systems  with an HP Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure built on HP Integrity BL870c i2 Server Blades. To ensure continuous availability of its mission-critical GPDB, the telecom provider upgraded from Linux to HP-UX11i v3 and implemented HP Serviceguard for seamless data protection. The reason for choosing HP was simple: we were the only vendor that could meet all of Swisscom’s requirements with a single integrated solution. And after 30 years of legendary performance in some of the most demanding environments on earth, HP-UX remains the number one choice among UNIX operating systems for companies like Swisscom that value availability, stability, and security.


The migration went flawlessly over one weekend, and ever since, Swisscom has enjoyed some impressive results:


  • Swisscom achieved increased availability over its previous Linux cluster thanks to the mission-critical capabilities of HP-UX and Serviceguard
  • Maintenance costs went down 54% thanks to simplified management of Integrity blades
  • Electricity costs were reduced 78% due to more energy efficient blades by eliminating a lot of excess hardware through virtualization


Plus, with the scalability of the Integrity blade infrastructure, Swisscom now has a future-ready infrastructure that can support its ongoing growth and expansion—without the sprawl.


If your company needs to grow, but you’re running out of space—and time—to support a sprawling data center, it’s probably time to consolidate. As Swisscom found out, there’s no better way than with a system upgrade to the latest HP Integrity blades. Get started today by learning more about the HP Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure.




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