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Services Provider Core Services Selects HP to Host Business Applications

Company chooses HP BladeSystem technology to replace existing Oracle infrastructure

Westbury, NY – February 1, 2011 – HP today announced that hosting services provider Core Services has chosen HP BladeSystem technology as part of an HP Converged Infrastructure to support increased service-level commitments for its global customers.

Core Services delivers third-party business operations solutions, information systems and support to clients worldwide. A major shift in the managed hosting landscape meant the company needed an infrastructure that could handle new customer demands for cost-effective and energy-saving solutions.

Core Services partnered with The Ergonomic Group (EGI), an HP Elite Business Partner, for infrastructure recommendations to improve application performance and deliver better services. After an evaluation, EGI concluded that Core Services’ current Oracle/Sun infrastructure was unable to meet its customer needs. EGI assisted the company in designing the new infrastructure based on an HP Converged Infrastructure. It also provided guidance with installation requirements and ongoing support of the new architecture for its data centers.

Core Services selected an HP BladeSystem platform to virtualize its environment, which includes eight HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosures, 60 HP BL460 G6 and G7 blade servers, and an HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 Ethernet Module for BladeSystem. The configuration delivers the compute power, energy efficiency and performance per watt required for CPU-hungry Oracle applications.

“We needed to get ahead of a changing curve in the managed services industry with customer priorities shifting to energy- and cost-efficient solutions,” said Bimal Doshi, vice president, Operations, Core Services. “We migrated to an HP BladeSystem environment to make the best use of every watt, hour and dollar so that we can better serve our customers.”

The HP BladeSystem platform, equipped with Intel® Xeon® processors, provides Core Services with an average fourfold reduction in the number of physical servers required. Core Services customers can access its servers with HP Integrated Lights-out (iLO) remote management software, which enables IT administrators and customers to more easily provision servers as well as troubleshoot problems to improve productivity while reducing server management costs.

Core Services also installed HP Virtual Connect, a network module in the HP BladeSystem enclosure that ties LAN and SAN information to the server bay instead of the server. This allows Core Services to add, remove or change servers in minutes, saving hours of delay that would be spent on LAN and SAN coordination. HP Virtual Connect also reduces cabling by 75 percent, from 16 cables per enclosure down to four.(1)

HP Converged Infrastructure is a key foundation of an Instant-On Enterprise. In a world of continuous connectivity, the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with whatever they need, instantly.

About The Ergonomic Group

The Ergonomic Group (EGI) is a Long Island-based IT solutions provider that delivers high performance, cost-effective computing solutions that span the desktop to the data center to mobile computing endpoints. EGI leverages three decades of expertise and the industry’s leading technologies to help our customers achieve lasting business advantage. For more information, visit www.ergogroup.com.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) HP internal research.

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