Insurance Giant Claims Virtual Healing
with Platform Migration

Cirba & Intel Migrate Data Centers to a lean and agile x86 Common Hosting Platform

The Challenge: Increase IT Responsiveness While Reducing Costs

As part of a planned 'Future Mode of Operations' initiative to increase IT responsiveness and reduce costs, one of the largest US health insurance organization's wanted to migrate its workloads to an Intel-based common hosting platform. They faced two critical challenges in achieving this goal:

  1. How to 'right-size' their environment to reduce costs while ensuring application performance and availability needs
  2. Determining which mid-range (IBM and Solaris) workloads were candidates for migration to the Intel environment and what the best design was to accommodate their technical and business requirements.

The Solution: Cirba's Transformation Analytics & Intel's Rewards without RISC

Intel and Cirba have joined forces to provide consultative services to organizations looking to move off of RISC-based architecture. Intel's expertise on infrastructure architecture and Cirba's analytics to assess workloads, policies, and configurations provided actionable assessments that enabled the organization to migrate off RISC-based to x86 infrastructures.

Together Cirba and Intel leveraged their unique expertise to provide guidance for migrating to next generation infrastructure that the organization couldn't find anywhere else. Cirba's analytics provided precise recommendations for:

  1. Infrastructure requirements and configurations for the new commoditized infrastructure
  2. Evaluatingwhich of the 1200 IBM Power Series and SPARC workloads (physical and virtual) were suitable candidates to migrate and the associated requirements
  3. Determining optimal workload placements and resource allocations for all workloads including existing virtual VMware workloads

The Result: Leaner, Lower Risk Infrastructure

In evaluating both mid-range and Intel-based migration scenarios the team was able to reduce the expected hardware expenditure by 80%.

The organization has also benefited from reduced management complexity and risk in the environment that comes from optimizing workload placements and resource allocations. Simply put, smarter planning will continue to pay off for this organization.