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Mercer does the complex calculations that let companies know how much money they'll need to fund their pensions. When a legacy system needed upgrading, the company instead developed Retirement Studio, using the Microsoft .NET framework. But that system underutilized the processing power of newer multicore processors and couldn't distribute jobs across multiple servers. So Mercer rewrote the calculation engine as a private cloud, using Microsoft high-performance computing and Windows Compute Cluster Server. Retirement Studio now uses more than 1,000 cores across five data centers, processing more than 5 million records daily. It improved processing time by a factor of 100. Next up is setting up public cloud capacity in Microsoft Azure that Mercer can tap for added capacity during times of peak usage.
Multicloud Infrastructure & Application ManagementEnterprise cloud adoption has evolved to the point where hybrid public/private cloud designs and use of multiple providers is common. Who among us has mastered provisioning resources in different clouds; allocating the right resources to each application; assigning applications to the "best" cloud provider based on performance or reliability requirements.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?