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IT in Banking

Cut costs by streamlining your IT infrastructure

In financial services, a bank’s day-to-day operations can create costly IT challenges—especially when back offices remain neglected in terms of investment, leaving IT with a patchwork of outdated systems. By updating IT infrastructures with relevant new technologies, firms can access critical information faster and keep costly deskside IT visits and troubleshooting to a minimum.

Core IT system trends

Cloud computing, RISC Migration, client-side virtualization, mobility, and security are all important trends that are changing the shape and experience of retail banks. From the data center to the client, they can help banks by allowing more work to get done using less power and less space, all while providing agility and a higher degree of continuous operations.

Intel Cloud 2015 Vision

As more data enters the cloud, Intel is developing a cohesive set of open, yet well-defined, standards that operate across IT infrastructures.

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Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors: boost efficiency and reduce costs

By deploying PCs powered by the Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor family,1 firms can increase flexibility and computing ability, all while reducing energy requirements and cutting costs. Specific processor benefits include:

  • Remote monitoring: Keeps downtime and deskside visits to a minimum, allowing IT to diagnose and repair PCs remotely, even if they are turned off or the OS is unresponsive.
  • Intel® Anti-Theft Technology2: Intel Core vPro processor–based PCs can disable themselves if they are lost or stolen.
  • Intel® Active Management Technology3: Allows IT to conduct remote software changes and immediately respond to everyday events such as interest rate changes.
  • Intel® vPro Technology4:  Is a set of security and manageability capabilities built into the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor family, Intel® chipsets, and network adapters.

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Financial services RISC migration

Financial services RISC migration

As financial institutions look for ways to accelerate ROI and reduce risk, Intel server processors are enabling more scalable, efficient solutions.

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Benefits of client-side virtualization for financial services

Intel processors with built-in virtualization capabilities help improve manageability, security, TCO, and overall user experience.

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Intel® Xeon® processors: Savings through consolidation

Financial organizations can achieve exceptional scalable performance and advanced reliability for the most data-demanding applications with the Intel® Xeon® processor family. Specifically, you can expect:

  • Adaptive performance: Servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family can boost performance up to 80 percent over previous-generation Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers.56 And with performance that adapts to workloads, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivers up to two times more performance on demand than previous-generation turbo boost technology.678
  • Increased efficiency: Intel® I/O Acceleration Technology (Intel® I/OAT) with Intel® QuickData Technology moves data more efficiently through Intel® Xeon® processor–based workstations and server platforms, helping to reduce latency even more.
  • Greater security: With Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), the Intel Xeon processor family can accelerate pervasive encryption by ten times, all without a tax on performance elsewhere in your data center.69

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Product and Performance Information


1. Performance increase based on Intel comparison using SPECjbb2005* business operations per second (bops) between four-year-old single-core Intel® Xeon® processor 3.8 GHz with 2M cache-based servers and new Intel Xeon processor X5600 series-based server. Intel consolidation based on replacing 15 four-year-old single-core Intel Xeon processor based servers with one new Intel Xeon processor X5600 series-based server while maintaining SPECjbb2009* performance. Costs and return on investment have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for information purposes only. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel® products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information, visit www.intel.com/performance/server/.

2. Intel® Anti-Theft Technology—PC Protection (Intel® AT-p). No computer system can provide absolute security under all conditions. Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT) requires the computer system to have an Intel® AT-enabled chipset, BIOS, firmware release, software and an Intel AT-capable service provider/ISV application and service subscription. The detection (triggers), response (actions), and recovery mechanisms only work after the Intel AT functionality has been activated and configured. Certain functionality may not be offered by some ISVs or service providers and may not be available in all countries. Intel assumes no liability for lost or stolen data and/or systems or any other damages resulting thereof.

3. Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) requires the computer system to have an Intel® AMT-enabled chipset, network hardware and software, as well as connection with a power source and a corporate network connection. Setup requires configuration by the purchaser and may require scripting with the management console or further integration into existing security frameworks to enable certain functionality. It may also require modifications of implementation of new business processes. With regard to notebooks, Intel AMT may not be available or certain capabilities may be limited over a host OS-based VPN or when connecting wirelessly, on battery power, sleeping, hibernating, or powered off. For more information, see www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/vpro/vpro-technology-general.html.

4. Intel® vPro™ technology is sophisticated and requires setup and activation. Availability of features and results will depend upon the setup and configuration of your hardware, software, and IT environments. To learn more visit: www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/vpro/vpro-technology-general.html. 

5. Source: Performance comparison using geometric mean of SPECint*_rate_base2006, SPECfp*_rate_base2006, STREAM*_MP Triad, and Linpack* benchmark results. Baseline geometric mean score of 166.75 on previous-generation 2S Intel® Xeon® processor X5690 platform based on best published SPECrate* scores to www.spec.org and best Intel internal measurements on STREAM*_MP Triad and Linpack as of December 5, 2011. New geometric mean score of 306.74 based on Intel internal measured estimates using an Intel platform with two Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2690, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology enabled, with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology), 128 GB RAM, Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* Server 6.1 beta for x86_6, Intel® Compiler 12.1, THP disabled for SPECfp*_rate_base2006 and THP enabled for SPECint*_rate_base2006.

6. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

7. Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html.

8. Source: Performance comparison using SPECint*_rate_base2006 benchmark with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled and disabled. Baseline scores of 390 (Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled) and 3XX (Intel® Turbo Boost Technology disabled) based on Intel internal measured estimates as of August 4, 2011 using a Supermicro* X8DTN+ system with two Intel® Xeon® processor X5690, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled or Intel® Turbo Boost Technology disabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology enabled, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) enabled, 48 GB RAM, Red Hat Enterprise Linux* Server 6.1 beta for x86_6. New scores of 593 (Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled) and 529 (Intel® Turbo Boost Technology disabled) based on Intel internal measured estimates using an Intel platform with two Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2680, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology enabled or Intel® Turbo Boost Technology disabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology enabled, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) enabled, 64 GB RAM, Red Hat Enterprise Linux* Server 6.1 beta for x86_6.

9. Source: testing with Oracle Database Enterprise Edition with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) AES-256 shows as much as a 10x speedup when inserting one million rows 30 times into an empty table on the Intel® Xeon® processor X5680 (3.33 GHz, 36 MB RAM) using Intel IPP routines, compared to the Intel® Xeon® processor X5560 (2.93 GHz, 36 MB RAM) without Intel IPP.