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Server Improvement by 40 Hours a Year with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and HP ProLiant

Xani

The financial services firm Equifax provides consumer and business data along with other financial services to thousands of businesses of all sizes. These services include consumer and business credit intelligence, portfolio management, fraud detection, decision-making technology, marketing tools and many more financial services. They maintain data on more than 572 million consumers, 81 million businesses, and 200 million employee files worldwide. Equifax also generates 60,000 credit score updates per second, totaling 158 billion credit score updates each month. Because of the enormous workload constantly hitting Equifax’s data center, server availability is of the utmost importance.

 

The Equifax IT organization currently commits to 99.85% application uptime to Equifax business units, with a goal of moving to 99.95% availability. However, maintaining dozens of file server clusters, which were running the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system, required periodic downtime in order to apply security updates. The routine updates, along with responding to unscheduled cluster failures, required a great deal of extra work by the server team and also the application teams.

 

WS Datacenter.jpgWhen Equifax IT staff members learned about the high-availability features in the Windows Server 2012 operating system, they asked to join the Microsoft Rapid Deployment Program (RDP) for the product. They were specifically interested in the transparent failover capability in Windows Server 2012, and wanted to try the failover clustering improvements with their batch processing application for Workforce Solutions business, TALX Unified Batch Alert (TUBA).

 

For the Windows Server 2012 RDP, Equifax set up three TUBA clusters—for development, quality assurance, and production—all running Windows Server 2012 Datacenter on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen8 servers.

 

Equifax chose HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 servers because the team wanted to test Windows Server 2012 on the latest and most powerful hardware. Since joining the RDP for Windows Server 2012, Equifax has seen many benefits. They were able to significantly reduce maintenance-related downtime for applications that depend on their file server infrastructure. Equifax was also able to relieve IT staff of the onerous update work, which frees them to focus on new product development. Using transparent failover in Windows Server 2012, they are now able to apply updates to clusters without scheduling downtime. Thanks to Windows Server 2012 run on HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 servers, Equifax can improve their file server availability by 40 hours a year.

 

 

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Learn more about HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 servers, and Windows Server 2012. Or, to read the complete Equifax case study go here.

 

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