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Robust, Mission-critical Compute for an Icon of Durability


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Guest Blog by Kate O’Neill, Director, HPE Servers Mission Critical Solutions Marketing

Modular servers are the preferred approach for businesses that need to support the hefty requirements of web-scale IT workloads prevalent in today’s digital age. A heavy hitter in the modular server suite is the HPE Integrity Superdome X, a fast and highly available mission-critical solution, based on the x86 scale-up platform, for critical Linux and Windows workloads. As a matter of fact, it is named in the recent 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Modular servers.

I am pleased that HPE has again been named by Gartner as a leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers, based on ability to execute and completeness of vision. According to Gartner, modular servers are “a class of server where the compute capabilities are delivered in a modular style and housed in a common, often proprietary, chassis.”

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 20x improvement in reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS)

Mag Instruments Inc., better known as Mag-Lite, recently learned just how powerful the HPE Integrity Superdome X server is when the company decided to modernize its critical ERP system (read how they did it here). The Ontario, California-based manufacturer is famous for the quality and industrial durability of its iconic aluminum flashlights. For the past 35 years, they’ve been a mainstay for law enforcement, firefighters, emergency personnel, and the military.

Mag-Lite’s aim was to migrate their Infor XA ERP application from IBM AS/400 to HPE Superdome X to support new Windows-based functionality without sacrificing performance or reliability. The HPE solution went above and beyond the original requirements, increasing performance by 45 percent while lowering licensing costs by 20 percent. Administration time was reduced by 50 percent and the company was able to whittle-down more than 100 VMs on multiple physical servers to 57 VMs on a single Superdome X.

What’s more, Mag-Lite gained 20-times better reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) for an improved end-user experience and was able to ensure continuous availability of mission-critical applications. Ultimately, the company increased application responsiveness, resulting in improved productivity without the need to bring on additional IT staff.

 A workhorse for decision-support workloads

With HPE Superdome X, Mag-lite was able to move from a proprietary legacy environment to open standards, but even more exciting for the company’s IT team is that they can now dive into the heart of business intelligence (BI). BI applications are traditionally associated with legacy infrastructure, but mission-critical environments no longer relate solely to databases. They cover consumer and end-user interactions, and in today’s consumer-first climate, that’s important. Companies need all of their data readily available so that they can manage and improve every aspect of the customer journey.

Check out the video interview below, in which Nina Bailey, head of IT for Mag-Lite, and HPE's Jeff Kyle discuss the company’s decision to migrate from a legacy AS/400 platform to the HPE Superdome X. A key consideration was Superdome’s unique hard-partition technology (HPE nPars, which allows users to deploy separate environments in the same enclosure), and the platform´s high-performance memory capacity for real time analytics in the x86 environment.

Learn more about HPE Integrity Superdome X and how it can support your most demanding business processing and decision-support workloads.

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