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Ensure Dependable, Efficient Enterprise Applications

Pharmaceutical maker Bayer migrates to Intel® architecture-based hardware supporting flexible and efficient enterprise applications.

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Since end of 2009, Bayer Business Services, the Bayer group’s global competence center for IT and business services, has planned to undertake a change of its data center technology to ensure a standardized and efficient platform to support processes within the business. As part of this, the company is migrating away from the RISC servers it previously used to run SAP and Oracle enterprise applications on Intel® architecture based hardware from HP and IBM. This is powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family and Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series in a virtualized environment. The new technology provides a more flexible, efficient and cost-effective platform for the applications, while delivering equal or improved performance compared to the previous hardware.

Challenges
• Standardization and efficiency:Create a more flexible and energy-efficient data center environment for SAP and Oracle applications based on industry-standard technology and components
• Cost-effective: Reduce operational costs for server platform
• Maintain quality: Ensure new platform can deliver identical or greater performance, availability and reliability than previous hardware

Solutions
• Broad assessment: Established process to identify which available hardware solutions offered the best balance of cost and performance
• RISC migration: Determined that servers based on Intel architecture could fulfill aims for platform more effectively than existing RISC hardware
• New technology: Planned to transfer SAP on Oracle applications to new server models from IBM and HP, powered by the Intel Xeon processor E7 family and Intel Xeon processor 5600 series

Impact
• Transfer process: Currently overseeing the migration of applications to new server hardware
• Rigorous optimization: Specialist support from Intel experts during software benchmarking process has helped ensure performance targets are reached and even exceeded in places
• Stronger price performance: New platform delivers better performance for the price for essential business processes that rely on SAP and Oracle applications, furthering company objectives.

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