Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 Series Adopted for ASP Service Platform that Supports Securities Industry Infrastructure Unsurpassed expandability and reliability for mission-critical applications Issues •Dealwithprocessingcapacitylimitationsofexistingserverstocopewithrapid increaseintransactionvolume. •Ensurethehighreliabilityneededtomeetthestringentrequirementsofthesecurities industrywhere24-hour,365-dayoperationisaprerequisite. •Implementaplatformwithexcellentexpandabilityabletodeliverhighperformance reliablyoverthelongterm. Solution •4-wayserverfittedwithIntel®Xeon®processor7500series ExpectedBenefits •Performancethatscaleslinearlyasadditionalprocessorsareadded. •Ensureoverallsystemreliability,availability,anddatasecuritythroughextensive processor-basedsupportforRASfunctions. •Majorcostreductionsandgreaterchoiceofplatformsformission-criticalapplications. Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. Marunouchi Kitaguchi Building, 1-6-5 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Established: April 1, 1965 Capital: 18.6 billion yen Business activities: Consulting, financial IT solutions, industrial IT solutions, IT platform services http://www.nri.co.jp/ HighReliabilityandHigh PerformanceMandatory RequirementsforSecurities IndustryASPServicePlatform Nomura Research Institute (NRI) is active in the fields of consulting, financial IT solutions, industrial IT solutions, and IT platform services, supplying a range of services that underpin society, business, and people’s daily lives. Among these, NRI has particular expertise in the field of finance and many of the services established by the company function as part of our financial infrastructure. NRI is also a trusted participant in the securities industry and its TRADESTAR* Internet securities trading system that it operates as an application service provider (ASP) was created in 2007 as a solution to the rapid increase in on-line share trading. Describing the system, Nobuaki Sako, technical engineer at the Systems Platform Department at NRI, commented that, “as well as being a mission-critical application that demands 24-hour, 365-day operation in an industry that is subject to stringent regulation and currently going through major changes, it is also important that the platform used to deliver the ASP service maintains high performance together with a high level of reliability to ensure data integrity and fault-tolerance.” AsExistingCapacityApproaches itsLimits,AttentionTurnsto ExpandabilityofLatestProcessors Now, however, three years after the service first started, the rapid expansion in trading volumes has brought a several hundredfold increase in transactions and this is confronting the service with a major challenge in the form of looming capacity limitations. “Although we have attempted to upgrade and tune the system in various ways to the extent that maximum performance is now several times that of the initial design, it has become clear that Combining high performance and reliability with excellent scalability, the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series can handle mission- critical applications this does not solve the underlying problem of ensuring scalability,” explained Mr. Sako. This need for a server replacement has coincided with the arrival of the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series, which is optimized for core mission-critical computing environments. Already aware of the high performance, reliability, and expandability of the 7500 series, one of NRI’s first steps was to request two vendors to conduct testing of different servers. Based on the new system concept, the configuration chosen to run comparisons with the existing system was an 8-way server fitted with the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series, and running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5* together with commercial database software. Relationshipbetween PerformanceImprovementand NumberofProcessorsTested Under Production Conditions The trials reproduced NRI’s production environment on the two vendor systems to perform comparisons with the existing system. Yuka Hirai, technical engineer of NRI’s Systems Platform Department , said, “because the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series, can be scaled up to an 8-way configuration (64 Read the full Case Study Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 Series Service Platform Enhanced by 8-way Server.