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QLogic: Design Automation Takes to the CloudQLogic triples performance of electronic design automation (EDA) software with Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 seriesFrom Ethernet adapters to stackable Fibre Channel* switches, QLogic develops industry-leading solutions for the next-generation data center. QLogic uses Intel® processor technologies in its own data center to deliver on-demand computing capacity that helps the company speed its breakthroughs to the marketplace. Development groups are using the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series for next-generation testing.Challenges• Aging virtual infrastructure. QLogic was an innovator in virtualizing its mission-critical engineering environment ahead of less strategic applications. But as its engineering grid aged, performance began to lag, and a single job (or simulation) could vary by an average of 28 percent from one run to the next.Solutions• HP ProLiant BL460c G6* blades with the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. QLogic chose this solution after its head-to-head comparisons showed the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series outperformed an alternative processor in the same platform on all six key metrics, including running CPU-bound applications nearly twice as fast.• Intel Xeon processor 5600 series to drive faster data networks. Lab groups are introducing the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series for tasks such as performance testing of products under development.Impact• Triple the performance. QLogic says its CPU-bound applications run almost three times faster on the new cloud than on its earlier grid, and I/O bound applications are twice as fast.• 25 percent lower cost per grid slot. The energy efficiency of the Intel® processors helped reduce energy consumption by more than 24 percent. The overall cost per grid slot shrank by 25 percent.• Five nines of availability. Availability has exceeded expectations, rising from 99.5 to 99.999 percent.• Accelerated innovation. With faster results, engineers can run more design simulations, bringing higher-quality products to the marketplace more rapidly.Read the full QLogic Design Automation Takes to the Cloud Case Study.
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