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“Moving from a physical infrastructure to a virtual infrastructure powered by VMware and Intel technologies has been very beneficial for the city. We experience more reliability, less administration, and better performance”
Manager of Information Systems, Concello de Santiago
Fernando Suarez Lorenzo
Transition mission-critical applications from aging physical servers to a virtual infrastructure
A MedievAl City eMbrACes 21st Century virtuAlizAtion
Concello de Santiago is the local government of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO world heritage city located in the northwest of Spain that is renown for its cultural and historical attractions. While Santiago’s architecture might be timeless, its IT infrastructure is not, and it was starting to experience problems as it aged. “Many of our machines would stop working without any reason,” says Fernando Suarez Lorenzo. “We knew it was a hardware problem, so we chose to migrate to a new, more reliable hardware platform utilizing the latest generation of Intel Xeon processors.” VMware Infrastructure 3 helped Concello de Santiago to seamlessly transition its old machines by converting physical servers into virtual machines and then migrating them onto VMware ESX hypervisors powered by Intel Xeon processors. “We had our new virtual infrastructure up and running in less than one day,” says Lorenzo. “We’ve virtualized five different applications that are critical not just to city hall, but also to the public. Now that we have these combined VMware and Intel technologies in place, we will continue to leverage them as a scalable platform for future application deployments.”
VMware® Intel technology creates a scalable, flexible virtual infrastructure that increases application reliability
VMWARE AND INTEL AT WORK
VMware® Infrastructure 3 Enterprise, featuring: • ESX Server 3 ° HP DL380 G5 servers with Intel Xeon processors attached to HP EVA 3000 SAN • VirtualCenter 2
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VMotion™ Distributed resource Scheduler (DrS) High Availability (HA)
Guest operating systems: Windows 2003, Ubuntu Linux Virtualized Applications: Microsoft Outlook, Blackberry Enterprise Server, municipal use management applications, GeoServer GIS application
Increase uptime of critical applications. “One of Intel’s hallmarks is the reliability of their processors,” says Lorenzo. “Since we’ve used VMware technology to virtualize our most important applications, we want to make sure those VMware ESX servers are running on reliable hardware.” reduce maintenance-related downtime. “Thanks to the architecture of Intel’s processors, we can migrate running virtual machines from one physical server to another with VMware VMotion and Intel VT FlexMigration while maintaining continuous service availability and transaction integrity,” says Lorenzo. Achieve 10:1 server consolidation ratio. “We made a point of buying the most powerful processors that were available at the time, which were Intel’s quad core Xeon processors,” says Lorenzo. “That has allowed us to fit as many as ten virtual machines on each VMware ESX hypervisor and consistently have reliable performance.”
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