Empire State College: Opening the University

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Empire State College: Opening the University

Case Study: Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series

Empire State College uses Intel® Xeon® processors to virtualize IT, accommodating growth and reducing energy consumption by 90 percent.

Empire State College, part of the State University of New York, wanted to build on its well-established distance-learning program and provide even easier access to higher education. The college needed to expand IT resources to accommodate significant student growth while also improving IT agility and reducing energy consumption. The IT group decided to virtualize servers and desktops using a hardware foundation of IBM System x* servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series. Through virtualization, the college scaled IT substantially and increased flexibility while using 90 percent less energy. As a result of this project, the college can launch new online programs, accommodate many more students, and enable anytime, anywhere access to education.

CHALLENGES
• Prepare for growth: Expand IT resources to accommodate significant student growth and make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to capitalize on technology.
• Increase responsiveness: Accelerate provisioning of new IT resources to enhance responsiveness to new requests and facilitate the thorough evaluation of new technologies.
• Cut energy consumption: Drive down power and cooling costs, and minimize the environmental impact of technology.

SOLUTIONS
• IBM System x* servers with Intel® Xeon® processors: With help from system integrator Brite Computers, Empire State College virtualized servers and desktops with IBM System x servers equipped with the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series.

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