Date : 10/1/2012
It’s hard to know exactly what the data center is going to look like next year. But our relationship with Dell gives us some tricks up our sleeve in terms of serving our customers better in the future.
Steven Smith, CIO, AccuWeather, Inc., United States
ChallengeAs demand grew for its hourly localized forecasts, and its service became more data-intensive, AccuWeather wanted to continue to meet user expectations, while controlling costs.
SolutionThe company consolidated its legacy servers onto a combination of Dell™ PowerEdge™ Servers, all with Intel® Xeon® processors. Supported by Dell EqualLogic™ PS series SANs, the company’s new IT infrastructure includes a cluster of 150 VMware® virtual machines, saving AccuWeather space, power and a lot of IT staff time.
Benefits• Fourfold to sixfold increase in server performance compared with previous generation
• More than 200 percent boost in percent average CPU utilization rate
• Accelerated time to market for new weather services due to eightfold faster rollout of application testing environment
• Five-figure annual savings and 80 percent reduction in time spent on storage administration
• 50 percent less power consumption by each blade server