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.

Many businesses today continue to run critical applications and store important data in legacy, closed-platform silos. The acquisition cost of these systems has always been high, and customers typically are not able to choose hardware and software independently. Over time, ongoing operating costs have continued to escalate. Maintaining the hardware and applications—and finding skilled support resources to help manage SLAs—all contribute to these costs.

Any outage of the mission-critical server infrastructure results in reduced revenue, reduced profitability, reduced employee productivity and reduced customer loyalty. Any interruption in the operation or availability of these workloads will have a ripple effect throughout the organization because downtime interferes with business processes and interrupts business continuity. That means that mission-critical workloads must run on highly reliable and available platforms to ensure that business processes are running smoothly.

As customers transform their data centers to support mission-critical workloads, there has been increasing demand for UNIX-like performance, reliability, availability, serviceability (RAS), scalability and security on x86. This, in turn, has led to increased interest in x86-based, scale-up systems, in which compute, storage and networking have been integrated into a single, more-efficient system with a larger number of sockets and cores to achieve a better cost-performance ratio.

Typical requirements to support mission-critical workloads:

1) High reliability and availability – This includes the detection and capability to self-heal errors, as well as the ability of the system to continue processing production workloads, even in the presence of faults. Lenovo x3850 and x3950 X6 servers offer advanced RAS features and the uninterrupted application performance needed to host mission-critical applications.

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2) Scalability – Databases expand and applications are accessed by a growing number of users over time. The capacity to support growing workloads is paramount. The ability to scale up involves more than merely adding processors; it includes the ability to balance the scale-up with enough memory and I/O resources to ensure continued performance at high levels. Lenovo X6 servers scale from two sockets to eight sockets and up to 144 cores of processing power. The X6 servers scale up to 12 TB of memory to run the most memory demanding workloads.

3) Virtualization – Virtualization technology creates a more dynamic and fluid environment in which compute capacity can be treated as a resource pool, protecting application service levels and improving agility and responsiveness to business needs. Importantly, virtualization isolates workloads so that they do not interfere with one another. The Lenovo X6 servers provide strong virtualization capabilities with scalable memory levels up to 6 TB for a four-socket and 12 TB for an eight-socket server. X6 servers support the most popular VM operating systems such as VMware, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM.

4) Serviceability – Good serviceability allows clients to avoid repeat failures with accurate diagnostics, perform concurrent repairs on higher failure rate items and perform quick and easy repairs or upgrades. The X6 modular design and front/rear access provides unmatched serviceability.

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As you can see, mission-critical workloads, if interrupted, could become showstoppers for business processes within the enterprise. Thousands of end users are accessing transactional workloads and corporate databases—and any outage has a ripple effect throughout the organization. 

Mission-critical workloads, whether they are applications or databases, must run on highly reliable, available, scalable and capable platforms such as the Lenovo x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 to ensure that business processes are running smoothly.

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