AMD Opterons Gain Enterprise Support
- 25 percent of the Fortune Global 100 now using AMD Opteron?
- Since its introduction more than one year ago, Fortune 500 companies from
industries including financial services, insurance, manufacturing, automotive,
and energy have selected AMD Opteron processor-based systems to run their
critical enterprise applications.
- The AMD Opteron processor provides investment protection by enabling
enterprises to run existing 32-bit applications with outstanding performance
while offering a seamless migration path to 64-bit computing
- Microsoft Treasury, Bell Helicopter, BNP Paribas, Sabre Holdings, VeriSign,
Genialloyd and many others are benefiting from AMD Opteron processor-based
With 25 percent of the Fortune Global 100 now using AMD Opteron?
processor-based systems, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced broad enterprise support
for the AMD Opteron processor, the worlds first 32-bit and 64-bit processor
compatible with the x86 architecture. Since its introduction more than one year
ago, Fortune 500 companies from industries including financial services,
insurance, manufacturing, automotive, and energy have selected AMD Opteron
processor-based systems to run their critical enterprise applications. The AMD
Opteron processor provides investment protection by enabling enterprises to run
existing 32-bit applications with outstanding performance while offering a
seamless migration path to 64-bit computing.
World-class operations like Microsoft Treasury confirm that AMD is transforming
the enterprise by making pervasive 64-bit computing a reality, said Henri
Richard, executive vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, AMD. "AMD64
provides a single architecture for servers, desktops, and mobile platforms, and
with the availability of Windows®, Solaris and Linux, AMD64 technology also
offers to enterprises the broadest choice of operating systems for 64-bit
servers in the world.
Microsoft Treasury, which oversees more than $ 60 billion dollars in financial
assets for Microsoft Corporation, required the highest-performing processors
available to help measure and analyse the global investment portfolio of the
worlds most successful software company. Microsoft Treasury ultimately selected
servers running the public beta version of the Windows Server 2003 Enterprise
x64 Edition, comprised of four-way and two-way AMD Opteron processor-based
servers based on AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture.
Before using 64-bit Windows Server 2003 on AMD64-based systems, we would often
have to split up financial holdings before running the program, to avoid
overloading the system, said Max Giolitti, group risk manager for Microsoft
Treasury. Now, we can load all the data sets and still run the application as it
was designed to operate. And best of all, because of the high-level of
compatibility, we didnt have to re-write a single line of code.
Bell Helicopter, a leading producer of commercial and military helicopters and a
wholly owned subsidiary of Fortune 500 company Textron, Inc., is a pioneer in
the helicopter industry most recognised for its revolutionary tiltrotor
aircraft. Faced with expiring workstation leases on close to 250 workstations
that serve the companys critical engineering and product design teams, Bell
wanted to replace their existing systems with a higher performing platform in
order to optimise the applications that are used to design their most advanced
After surveying the landscape of workstations available on the market, Bell
selected a platform based on the AMD Opteron processor. The idea of a seamless
migration from 32-bit computing to 64-bit computing made the selection of AMD
Opteron processor-based systems a no-brainer for us, reports Nick Miller, IT
services manager, CAD/CAM/CAE Group, Bell Helicopter, a Textron company. The
risk was minimal, and it made a lot of sense in my mind to secure a seamless
migration path from 32-bit to 64-bit computing – only the AMD Opteron processor
was proven to provide that capability.
AMD64 technology is helping leading enterprises in highly competitive
industries, including Bell Helicopter, realise improved performance on 32-bit
computing applications today, and providing migration protection to 64-bit
computing when they are ready, said Kevin Knox, vice president, Worldwide
Enterprise Sales and Marketing, AMD.
The AMD Opteron processor continues to be recognised for x86 server and
workstation performance leadership. Industry benchmarks for workstation
applications including MCAD, MCAE & digital content creation confirm that the
AMD Opteron processor delivers industry-leading performance for 1P & 2P
workstations, while industry benchmarks for enterprise-critical applications
including messaging and collaboration, high-performance computing and Web
serving confirm that the AMD Opteron processor powers the worlds highest
performing 2P and 4P servers.
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