Investing in a Scalable Infrastructure

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Moody’s Invests in a Scalable Financial Infrastructure

The credit ratings, research, and risk analysis provided by Moody’s Investors Service play a critical role in helping investors navigate the quickly changing waters of financial markets. To improve the efficiency and scalability of the infrastructure used for mission-critical ratings and analysis applications, the IT group decided to migrate workloads from proprietary environments to Linux* environments running on Intel® Xeon® processors. By adopting Intel Xeon processors and open-source products, the company is achieving better performance, gaining easier, more cost-effective scalability, and reducing costs.

• Improve performance. Accelerate the delivery of financial ratings and information to Moody’s analysts and to the public, processing even large-scale data volumes quickly.
• Increase scalability. Accommodate rapidly changing needs, rising data volumes, and the introduction of new services by creating an infrastructure that can scale efficiently and cost-effectively.
• Control costs. Eliminate excessive hardware and software licensing costs of proprietary environments.

• Migrate to a Linux* environment running on Intel® Xeon® processors. The IT group is migrating mission-critical workloads from RISC-based systems and other servers to Linux environments running on Intel Xeon processors.

Technology results
• Faster results. The new infrastructure helps deliver ratings, analyses, and other information to analysts and the public faster than before, improving analyst productivity and increasing the value of Moody’s services to the public.
• Cost-effective scalability. Moody’s can scale its environment more incrementally and cost-effectively, enabling the company to be more responsive to changes that affect financial markets.

Business value
• Significant savings. Moody’s anticipates that moving to Intel Xeon processors and open-source products will enable the company to save 10 percent of infrastructure expenses at the end of the first year and up to 25 percent of expenses after the migration completes.

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