Press Release: 04. December 2012

HP Acknowledges Global Mission-critical Computing Innovators

Organizations lauded for ground-breaking use of HP and Intel technologies

PALO ALTO -- HP todayannounced the winners of the 2012 Mission-Critical InnovationAwards, a worldwide competition recognizing organizations thatutilize HP and Intel technologies to execute leading-edgemission-critical solutions to address their data-intensive,large-scale applications.

Tata Consulting Services, FIS-ASP, Gravic, Istituto G. Caporale and Kenya Women Finance Trust DepositTaking Microfinance were honored for addressingmission-critical computing challenges while attaining new levels ofavailability, scalability and reliability for complexworkloads.

"As mission-criticalclients face increased workload demands, they need technologiesthat seamlessly deliver greater performance and agility," saidLorraine Bartlett, vice president, Worldwide Marketing andStrategy, Business Critical Systems, HP. "These industry-leadingfirms have successfully deployed solutions with combinedtechnologies from HP and Intel to support massive workloads thatenable these organizations to thrive."

An independent panel ofjudges from leading nonprofit and professional organizations, aswell as research institutions including CERN openlab, EnderleGroup, Pyalla Technologies and Secure64 Software reviewed thesubmissions. Criteria considered by the judges included difficultyof the IT challenge, originality of the solution and resultsachieved.

"These nominationsexemplify the level of success that organizations are achievingwith HP solutions on both Intel Xeon processor and Itaniumprocessor systems," said Lisa Graf, vice president and generalmanager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group Marketing, Intel."The winners demonstrate what is possible when organizations aredetermined to drive their mission-critical computing forward withIntel-based HP Solutions."

Enterprises and governmentssubmitted entries in the categories of Mission-Critical Data, DataCenter Modernization, Best New Application andHumanitarian/Environmental Impact. This year's winners include:

  • Mission-Critical Data: Tata Consulting Services(TCS)—India-based provider of IT services, business solutions andoutsourcing, improved collaboration among their 240,000 globalemployees by enhancing scalability, performance and stability fornew social networking platforms using HP Integrity servers runningIntel® Itanium® 9300-series processors and HP-UX. TCS also used HP ProLiant BL460c servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6and virtualized with VMware for additional support of databaseapplications. The new infrastructure offers high availabilityfeatures and a reliable failover solution for TCS, while alsoproviding the company with a scalable solution that is less complexthan competitive offerings.
  • Data Center Modernization: FIS-ASP—German SAP outsourcing firmleveraged HP CloudSystem Matrix with Cloud Service Automation on HP Integrity, as well as HP Integrity blade servers with Intel Itanium processors and HP-UX 11i v3 with HP 3PAR Storage, to automate installations for SAP customers inone day,(1) which previously took a month. The shortenedinstallation timeframe allows FIS-ASP to now address new marketswith smaller SAP installations.
  • Best New Application: Gravic Inc.—American provider of datacollection, transformation and distribution solutions, used HP Integrity NonStop NS1200 servers running Gravic Shadowbase®software to establish a fault-tolerant architecture for a bankingcustomer located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which experiencesfrequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. With an active/activedata replication solution in place, critical banking applicationsremain active and reachable even in the event of natural disasters.Gravic's HP and Intel based infrastructure allows the bank to avoidapplication downtime, both for planned and unplanned outages, aswell as dramatically improves failover time.
  • Humanitarian/Environmental Impact: Istituto Giuseppe Caporale(ICT)—The Italian National Public Health Service, a public healthinstitution, provides scientific and technical support to nationaland regional governments in animal health and welfare, veterinarypublic health, and food safety. ICT deployed HP Superdome 2 with HP-UX 11i v3 to analyze more than 1 billion records annuallyand expand research for effective control and prevention ofdisease. The agency also deployed the web application onHP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosures with HP Integrity BL860c i2 server blades, and its data repositoryruns on an HP 6400 Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) networked with an HP 8/80 SAN switch. ICT's updated infrastructure saw decreasedprocessing time for complex data, from 12 hours to one, allowingfor faster reporting of animal disease studies to the Ministry ofHealth. With a new simplified administration, ICT is saving up to10 man-hours per month, allowing resources to be redirected tostrategic projects to enhance public health services.
  • Humanitarian/Environmental Impact: Kenya Women Finance TrustDeposit Taking Microfinance Limited (KWFT DTM)—Serving 600,000clients, of which 80 percent are located in remote rural areas ofKenya, KWFT DTM selected HP Superdome 2 and HP Integrity BL890c i2 servers to create a highly availabledata center and reduce business processing time from 12 hours tounder four hours. KWFT DTM also increased uptime from 82 percent to99 percent,(1) speeding the loan process toorganizations that promote the use of clean energy, including solarlanterns for domestic and commercial purposes, electricity, and thepurchase of gas cylinders and use of bio gas. The upgradedinfrastructure allows KWFT DTM to concentrate more on growing thebusiness by reducing time spent on fixing system errors and cuttingcosts incurred in power and maintenance functions.

HP's premier Europe, MiddleEast and Africa client event, HP Discover, takes placeDec. 4-6 in Frankfurt, Germany.

(1) Based oninternal client data.

Intel and Itanium aretrademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and othercountries.

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