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A window into a server refresh success



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Guest blog by Diana Cortes, Marketing Manager, Mission-Critical Solutions

Gartner´s Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers shows HPE (previously known as HP) in the Leaders quadrant for completeness of vision and ability to execute – which according to the analyst firm means that “large enterprises turn to the technology for its sophisticated management capabilities, hardware density and ease of installation.”


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I was reminded of Gartner’s comment this week while reading about a company that has achieved those benefits with HPE Integrity Superdome X Servers while tackling some challenging, mission-critical workloads in an Oracle environment.

If you live in the US and have shopped for new energy-efficient windows for your home, chances are you know the Pella brand. Pella Corporation has been making windows and doors for more than 90 years. These days many of its products are customizable, so you can imagine the sheer volume of data pouring into its enterprise resource planning systems and databases. A lean manufacturer and an Energy Star Partner of the Year award winner, Pella puts a high priority on guarding its operations against wasteful and damaging interruptions.

Pella wanted to refresh its server infrastructure to ramp up the performance of its Oracle Business Suite ERP applications and Oracle 10G database. The company had leased HPE Superdome 2 Servers, on an HP-UX operating system, for 9 years before embarking on the modernization project as the lease approached expiration date. They chose Superdome again, this time two HPE Superdome X Servers on x86 running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, and they moved from leasing to a purchasing model.

In addition to delivering the performance and capacity improvements that the company needed, the move helped Pella to avoid Oracle licensing costs to the tune of $200,000, and to save the same amount again in yearly operating expenses. Jim Thomas, Pella’s Director of IT Operations, reported: “We embrace the scalability, flexibility, and long-term economics of Superdome X. It allows us to reduce our operational costs and avoid incremental Oracle licensing costs. In addition, we have the flexibility to scale up and scale out to support increased performance requirements for our mission-critical ERP applications over time.”

You can read more about how Pella increased infrastructure performance and scalability here.

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I am a Senior Manager managing external content and social media for HPE Servers Awareness. Stay tuned for topics on Mission Critical Solutions, Core Enterprise and SMB Solutions, Next Gen Workload Solutions, Big Data and HPC, Cloudline and HPS Options! Follow me @RubyD_Nich