Optimizing Scale-Up Mission Critical Workloads

We are currently in a new era: the world is having exponential data center growth and data center technologies are growing accordingly.

Big data, cloud, mobility and cost optimization is forever changing the way business is conducted and the way IT operates. The overwhelming volume and speed of information is driving a new era of server platforms where innovative opportunities and faster time-to-revenue require unprecedented performance, scalability, and availability.

To keep up, IT needs to be fast, agile, resilient and cost efficient.  Infrastructures must cost-effectively scale up to meet the growth of business processing requirements without compromising performance, and maximize the value of their data through rapid, real-time analytics and business intelligence. Now, more than ever, IT and business units must work together for their common goals where the difference between success and failure could be measured in milliseconds.

The right server approach with the right mission-critical workloads has the power to transform business. It makes IT more services-oriented, lowers the cost of those IT services while reducing the time to deliver them, and increases their business value.

It’s clear that databases are growing and getting bigger.  Many organizations have 50 or more large databases, and many of them are compromised by management challenges. Meanwhile, CIOs are wondering if their current systems are up to the task of handling them. Issues on their minds concern performance, reliability, availability, and serviceability.

Enterprise workloads are constantly changing and requiring rapid infrastructure adjustment to meet fluctuating demands.  Business happens everywhere around the clock, and IT needs to scale quickly to tailor customer-facing applications, whether they are on mobile devices, social media, or through connected devices.  Enterprises still require the fundamental availability and security, but now need more scalability and speed with a lower TCO.

The Lenovo x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 are mission critical servers that scale to consolidate all tiers of critical applications on a common platform.  X6 delivers the performance as well as reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) required to optimize demanding, high-value, mission-critical workloads and large databases while lowing overall TCO.

Mission Critical Workload Challenges

Mission-critical workloads support the business in every dimension—its organization, its employees and its customers. These workloads are the most demanding types of applications and databases running on servers today, and include ERP, CRM, data warehouses, business intelligence and analytics. They must be available on a 24 x 7 x 365 basis.

The Increased Importance of Mission Critical Workloads:

  • The volume of mission-critical workloads is increasing
  • Downtime is unacceptable in a 24 x7 x 365 world. High reliability and availability is a must have.
  • Virtualization and scalability for large databases and new workloads is becoming a top priority
  • Real-time data analysis with Big data is growing
  • Security is a growing concern and priority
  • Aligning workloads with the data center infrastructure to support them
  • Serviceability to perform quick and easy repairs and upgrades
  • More integration of business and IT innovation
  • Creating larger instances of databases in a single server
  • Creating larger instances of databases in a single server
  • Simplifying IT management and reducing operational costs

Why Consolidate your Data Center?

  • Reduce Cost
  • Application Performance
  • Standardization and Centralization
  • Lack of Space
  • Agility
  • Green IT

Read more in the Why Consolidate Databases on Lenovo X6 blog

Read about Lenovo X6 performance

Benefits of Upgrading your Data Center

Data center upgrades and modernization, especially the migration of mission-critical systems to newer technologies, needs to be justified. Building a strong case for migration, and continuing to showcase the advantages to IT and the business, is one of the most important aspects of an upgrade project.

Read about the Business Productivity and IT Benefits of Upgrading with Lenovo X6

Further reading on Building a Server Refresh Business Case

For more information:

Read the blog Enhanced Lenovo Mission Critical Servers

Read the blog The Only Good Downtime in NO Downtime.

Lenovo System x3850 X6, a 4U rack server scalable to four processors

Lenovo System x3950 X6, an 8U rack server scalable to eight processors