A Major Retail Chain builds its private cloud infrastructure onIBM Power Systems Solution to power its large-scale, mission criticalapplications needed to transform data into a competitive advantage. Not onlydid it maximize efficiency, but also optimized their TCO on maximizingutilization of resources and acquiring IBM’s Capacity On-Demand (COD) Feature. Readon to find out how or check the attached infographic for a quick review.
The Chain, one of the biggest food retail chain with a network of 48 outletsserving several governorates nationwide, was seeking an IT infrastructuresolution to:
- Efficiently operate dataintensive workloads across different branches.
- Empower cross-platform analyticsto maximize the bottom-line value of data.
- Integrate cloud infrastructureto minimize Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
The Chain identified IBM POWER9, designed for Cloud Deployments, as the idealsolution for transforming their bottom line by extracting business-changinginsights with blazing performance, industry-recognized dependability, and solidsecurity to deliver the following:
- BlazingPerformance and Better Response Times across branches
The IBM POWER9 processors integrate analytics andalgorithms on the chip to help Power Systems servers run at an always-optimizeddynamic frequency. This advantage reduces the response time of running thebusiness applications operating more than 45 outlets nation-wide handlingthousands of products and generating thousands of transactions on daily basis.
- Empowered Cross-Platform Analytics ofData Intensive Applications
The IBM POWER9 is built on the advanced POWER9™architecture which maximizes the throughput of cloud, mobile, cognitive andadvanced analytics applications demand. This architecture introduces PeripheralComponent Interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen4—which doubles the bandwidth of PCIeGen3. In addition, it can be ordered with up to 48 cores and up to 16 TB ofmemory.
- Integration of Cloud Infrastructure
TheIBM POWER9 is optimized to deliver large, demanding workloads in the cloud. Itdynamically shares resources to increase system utilization which improvesefficiency and helps ensure applications continue to get the resources theyneed. This is based on PowerVM virtualization which is the family oftechnologies, capabilities and offerings that deliver incomparablevirtualization on IBM POWER® processor-based systems.
THAT’S NOT ALL!
By relying on IBM Power Solutions, The Chain earned invaluable benefits and ROIs that will impact its competitive edge and long-term success including:
- Optimized Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
In the cloud, there are many variations to on-premises TCO factors because many services are provided by third parties. In addition, the cloud can cost more than on-premises resources in a traditional IT infrastructure. IBM POWER9 provides cloud capabilities such as automation and utilization which gives you a cloud-ready IT infrastructure that can reliably and securely deliver blazing performance while keeping TCO at optimum levels.
- Maximized “Cloud” System Utilization (IBMCloud PowerVC)
IBM AdvancedMicro-Partitioning™ technology supports multiple virtual machines (VMs) forevery processor core, 20 micro-partitions per processor; multiple sharedprocessor pools; VIOS; shared dedicated capacity; and Live Partition Mobility(LPM). IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager provides fast and automated VM deployments,prebuilt image templates and self-service capabilities—all with an intuitive anduser-friendly interface.
With this unique IBM feature, The Chain can respondmore rapidly and seamlessly to changing business requirements and growth withElastic Capacity on Demand (CoD) for processors and memory where they can activate processor cores or memory units for anumber of days using the HMC to activate resources on a temporary basis.
- First Failure Data Capture (FFDC)
Beyond additional reliability, availabilityand serviceability (RAS) features, the POWER9 processor and memory subsystemuse the first failure data capture (FFDC) mechanism for fault detection andisolation. This FFDC mechanism incorporates advanced technology and designtechniques for soft-error avoidance.
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