Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 Series Adopted for
ASP Service Platform that Supports Securities
Unsurpassed expandability and reliability for mission-critical applications
Issues • Deal with processing capacity limitations of
increase in transaction volume.
• Ensure the high reliabilityneeded tomeet
industrywhere 24-hour, 365-day operation
• Impl...ement a platform with excellent
reliably over the long term.
existing servers to cope with rapid
the stringent requirements of the securities
is a prerequisite.
expandability able to deliver high performance
Solution • 4-way server fitted with Intel® Xeon® processor7500 series
• Performance that scales linearly as additional processors are added.
• Ensure overall system reliability, availability, and data security through extensive
processor-based support forRAS functions.
• Major cost reductionsand greater choice of platforms for mission-critical applications.
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
Marunouchi Kitaguchi Building, 1-6-5
Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Established: April 1, 1965
Capital: 18.6 billion yen
Business activities: Consulting, financial
IT solutions, industrial IT solutions, IT
HighReliability and High
PerformanceMandatory RequirementsforSecurities IndustryASPService Platform
Nomura Research Institute (NRI) is active
in the fields of consulting, financial IT
solutions, industrial IT solutions, and IT
platform services, supplying a range of
services that underpin society, business,
and people’s daily lives. Among these,
NRI has particular expertise in the field
of finance and many of the services
established by the company function as
part of our financial infrastructure.
NRI is also a trusted participant in the
securities industry and its TRADESTAR*
Internet securities trading system that it
operates as an application service provider
(ASP) was created in 2007 as a solution to
the rapid increase in on-line share trading.
Describing the system, Nobuaki Sako,
technical engineer at the Systems Platform
Department at NRI, commented that, “as
well as being a mission-critical application
that demands 24-hour, 365-day operation
in an industry that is subject to stringent
regulation and currently going through
major changes, it is also important that the
platform used to deliver the ASP service
maintains high performance together with
a high level of reliability to ensure data
integrity and fault-tolerance.”
AsExisting Capacity Approaches
itsLimits, Attention Turns to
Expandabilityof Latest Processors
Now, however, three years after the
service first started, the rapid expansion
in trading volumes has brought a several
hundredfold increase in transactions and
this is confronting the service with a major
challenge in the form of looming capacity
limitations. “Although we have attempted
to upgrade and tune the system in
various ways to the extent that maximum
performance is now several times that of
the initial design, it has become clear that
Combining high performance and reliability
with excellent scalability, the Intel® Xeon®
processor 7500 series can handle mission-
this does not solve the underlying problem
of ensuring scalability,” explained Mr. Sako.
This need for a server replacement has
coincided with the arrival of the Intel®
Xeon® processor 7500 series, which
is optimized for core mission-critical
computing environments. Already aware
of the high performance, reliability, and
expandability of the 7500 series, one
of NRI’s first steps was to request two
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Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 Series
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