The UNIX® platform has long provided leading support for the performance and scalability required for large-scale applications. Recent innovations for the x86 platform, however, have allowed organizations to enhance total cost of ownership and performance for their large-scale applications to levels that can be competitive with UNIX-based platforms. As adoption of the x86 platform for enterprise-class servers continues to expand—along with innovations in virtualization, such as the VMware® vSphere™ virtualization environment and enhancements for virtualization in the Intel® Nehalem architecture for processors—many organizations may consider the benefits of migrating from UNIX to the x86 platform. This discussion focuses on the complexities and considerations involved when planning a platform migration.
There are three cost-saving areas that RISC migration can provide:
With all the benefits and potential for cost-efficiency, it's surprising that some organizations still haven't migrated from RISC-based systems. They believe the challenges of the migration outweigh future advantages. As thousands of Dell-supported organizations and many others have found, this approach is no longer valid. There are guides, best practices, and services to help organizations of all sizes and skill sets successfully migrate from RISC-based systems to Dell PowerEdge servers.
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