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Migrating Mission-Critical Environments to Intel® ArchitectureExecutive OverviewAs part of a multiyear strategy, in 1992 Intel IT began migrating Intel’s most mission-critical computing environments from proprietary systems to Intel® architecture. These environments include silicon design, manufacturing, and global enterprise resource planning (ERP).Intel’s business results rely on these environments, so we approached the migrations with caution. Ultimately, however, the migrations were less difficult—and the benefits greater—than we originally anticipated. By using a phased approach and implementing best practices derived from our experiences, we minimized or eliminated most risks and successfully completed each migration with little or no interruption to core business activities.Although each environment required a different strategy to meet specific business requirements, applying best practices enabled us to deploy the new Intel®-based platforms with confidence, while achieving a variety of benefits and business value:• Improved system performance to increase productivity and support faster time to market for Intel® products.• Increased return on investment and decreased operational costs due to industry-standard servers and clients.• Ability to choose the best hardware for the workload because Intel’s open standard enables the same OS on any Intel-based platform.• Decreased data center footprint due to space- and energy-efficient servers.• Savings of more than USD 1.4 billion over five years.Our successful migration of mission-critical environments to Intel architecture demonstrates that this platform provides the necessary reliability, availability, and scalability, and that migration can be accomplished with minimal downtime and disruption to key business functions.Read the full Migrating Mission-Critical Environments to Intel® Architecture White Paper.
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