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Whitepaper: Migrating Business-Critical Applications From UNIX to Windows and Itanium 2-Based Servers

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

Despite the growing capabilities offered by Intel and Microsoft for enterprise computing environments, many customers are unaware of the value that Intel Itanium 2 processor-based systems running Windows Server offer over UNIX infrastructures for hosting critical workloads. To illustrate the motivating factors that led enterprise companies to choose this open standards-based solution over the proprietary UNIX architecture, Ideas International (IDEAS) conducted a study of real-world business cases.


Whitepaper: New Fujitsu High-End Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2-Based PRIMEQUEST Servers Continue Industry-Leading System Management

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

Fujitsu proclaimed three new mission-critical enterprise servers based on Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processor (Montecito). PRIMEQUEST Models 520 (8 CPUs, 16 cores), 540 (16 CPUs, 32 cores), and 580 (32 CPUs, 64 cores) run both the Linux and Windows operating systems. What discriminates Fujitsu’s PRIMEQUEST servers from other IPF-based platforms is the watchful attention paid to mission-critical design. The PRIMEQUEST System Management Board is the subject of this white paper.


Whitepaper: PRIMEQUEST System Architecture

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

Observing that a growing number of customers were fascinated to Linux and Windows operating environments and to servers employing Intel processors, Fujitsu launched its PRIMEQUEST 400 Series employing Intel’s Itanium 2 processors. An important feature of Fujitsu’s implementation, PRIMEQUEST partitioning permits I/O units to be assigned independently of the system boards. PRIMEQUEST Flexible I/O allows I/O resources to be associated with any system boards, enabling partitions to be defined with the suitable mix of dispensation power and I/O connectivity.


Whitepaper: Red Hat Driving Virtualization Standards With Xen and Open Source Community

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

As Linux matures and becomes more widely used in production environments, its users are becoming increasingly concerned with getting better utilization out of their existing servers, and minimizing the cost of migrating to new systems. The integration of Xen into Enterprise Linux will result in several important customer benefits, including better support for consolidation; more flexible lifecycle management for hardware and software; improved workload management; and enhanced systems availability.


Whitepaper: PRIMEQUEST Servers: Mission-Critical Servers for Linux and Windows

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

Fujitsu is respected as a leader in supplying customers with robust systems to satisfy their business-critical computing needs. Fujitsu continues to support its loyal customers with enhanced PRIMEPOWER systems and remains committed to SPARC64. In fact, Sun Microsystems has turned to Fujitsu to develop a jointly marketed future family of SPARC-based Solaris servers. This paper endeavors to highlight the advantages of Fujitsu’s family of Itanium servers to those customers who may not be familiar with PRIMEQUEST.


Whitepaper: Benefits of Moving From Windows NT to Windows 2000/ Windows Server 2003 With a Networked Storage Architecture

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

Following the industry trend of cutting costs through IT infrastructure consolidation, many companies are considering moving from Direct-Attached Storage (DAS) architectures to networked storage architectures, such as Network Attached Storage (NAS) for file serving and Storage Area Networks (SANs) for application data storage. This technological explosion allows unprecedented opportunities for world-class corporations, but demands far greater discipline and attention to detail. The Enterprise Storage Solutions service offers significant benefits to IT organizations and to vendors. The Enterprise Storage Solutions program focuses on the critical issues, strategies, and best practices IT organizations must address while reshaping their enterprise storage infrastructures.


Whitepaper: New Fujitsu High-End Dual-Core Itanium 2-Based PRIMEQUEST Servers Offer Mission-Critical Hosting for Linux and Windows Applications

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

Working in collaboration with Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, and Novell, Fujitsu developed, and now offers, its PRIMEQUEST Model 520 (8 CPUs, 16 cores), 540 (16 CPUS, 32 cores), and 580 (32 CPUs, 64 cores) servers based on the Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processor (Montecito). These servers not only run the latest Itanium 2 version, but they also run the Itanium Montvale microprocessor when it becomes available sometime in 2007. In addition, they are capable of SMP or scale-out operation with multiple partitions and domains. This paper describes the operating system offerings available on PRIMEQUEST servers, as well as proposed improvements.


Whitepaper: Sun's Investment Protection Strategy and How It Benefits Sun Customers

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

This paper published by IDEAS International presents their thoughts on how various Sun initiatives have benefited their organizations. Sun�s recent announcement of the UltraSPARC IV+ microprocessor adds a new chapter to this story. All of the benefits of Sun�s investment protection strategy discussed in this paper carry forward to systems based on UltraSPARC IV+. A number of key Sun initiatives covered in this paper have delivered real benefits to existing customers, including a reduction in overall IT costs.


Whitepaper: PRIMEPOWER's System Management Is the Key to Its Quality of Service

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

This research paper has briefly described from the viewpoint of an IT executive PRIMEPOWER�s capabilities for computing resource management, high-availability management, and security management. The optimum delivery of these PRIMEPOWER attributes requires the highest level of server system management capability. This high level of system management offers IT departments assurance that all of the systems mission-critical attributes are available at the same time, all of the time. This paper offers an overview of the key system management features of PRIMEPOWER servers.


Whitepaper: Costs of Acquisition and Support - A Comparison

by IDEAS InternationalJan 01, 2008

Microsoft Corporation commissioned Ideas International (IDEAS) to produce a white paper comparing the software procurement charges and ongoing support costs of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 against Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 in a large server population (i.e., enterprise) setting. Microsoft has various volume purchasing programs that offer significantly lower price points than full retail versions of the Windows Server 2003 operating system. To recognize a client’s volume commitment to Microsoft, these programs also bundle in other value not available in the retail versions.