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N°28  |  July   2008
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Bull & Schneider Electric use their joint skills and experience to launch new IT energy audit service

The two companies have designed an audit methodology that allows enterprises and public sector bodies to evaluate the energy-efficiency of their Data Centers and identify all possible sources of optimization. The results will enable them not only to define a realistic road-map towards implementing eco-friendly computing, but also to suggest possible short-term environmentally-aware improvements.

Schneider Electric and Bull have combined their respective skills to form a partnership offering a comprehensive Data Center energy audit service, designed to help organizations:

  • Tackle the risk of service interruptions linked to power cuts and thermal dissipation

  • Identify the root causes of wasted energy consumption

  • Face the challenges of sustainable development.

Under the terms of this agreement, Bull will market the offering in Europe.

Practical steps towards significant energy savings
In order to create an effective audit methodology, Bull and S chneider Electric have combined their expertise and know-how in the areas of IT infrastructures, the environment, and power infrastructure management. This new methodology will provide organizations with energy-efficiency indicators and an analysis of opportunities based on industry best-practice, enabling them to define and implement high-performance, cost-effective and sustainable information systems.

An effective methodology to curb energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, protect the environment... and deliver substantial savings
The audit developed by Bull and Schneider Electric has four distinct stages:

1. Identifying potential economies of scale once the scope of the exercise has been established

2. Evaluating energy efficiency and confirming opportunities where savings can be made

3. Setting out recommendations that are consistent with the Data Center's energy profile

4. Supporting the customer in its implementation of an energy optimization strategy and in the achievement of performance objectives.

Bull’s expertise guarantees successful optimization

In October 2007, Bull unveiled its Bio Data Center ™ concept: an innovative approach using an effective combination of servers and services to deliver performance, flexibility and sustainable development. This approach focuses in particular on curbing complexity and enhancing flexibility, in order to simplify and strengthen IT infrastructures, and ultimately reduce the Data Center ’s carbon footprint.

In this context, Bull’s list of customer references includes numerous projects where the carbon footprint of IT facilities has been reduced by over 40%, and the virtualization/consolidation ratio is more than 15:1, with the number of low-workload servers being reduced and the optimization of virtualized servers to ensure they are working at 80% of their full capacity.

Bull Escala® server family breaks a whole host of performance records

In recent months Bull has been launching its new-generation Escala servers, based on Power6® processors, which are capable of attaining unbeatable levels of performance in the Unix® world.


Proof of this is that three of these Escala servers now top the list of results published by the TPC Council:

  • Escala PL860: this entry-level model recorded a performance of 629,159 tpmC, a result that puts it at the top of its class
  • Escala PL1660: this mid-range server has achieved 1,616,162 tpmC, which also places it first in its segment
  • Escala PL6460R: this high-end machine – launched in April 2008 – has achieved an unrivalled performance in the area of open systems, with 6,085,166 tpmC.

These kinds of performance levels enable organizations to rationalize their IT infrastructures using fewer servers, and so optimize the costs of hardware, licenses, energy consumption and floor space. All these servers are currently available and benefit from the full range of support services provided by the Bull Competence Centers, particularly in the area of virtualization.

The results shown above can be found at www.tpc.org

Evidian launches a €10 million European research program for multi-domain policy management

Evidian, a Bull company and the European leader in identity and access management, announced the final approval for launching MULTIPOL project, an ambitious ITEA-2 European research program led by Evidian. The MULTIPOL project, initiated and promoted by Evidian, aims at federating policy management across multiple domains. As the project leader, Evidian will coordinate the efforts of 10 major European technology companies and universities over two years to achieve project targets.

Evidian believes that policy management is today one of the major challenges in a global ecosystem. Indeed, many organizations extend their business outside traditional boundaries. To perform their jobs, employees must work from everywhere, and get access to applications run by other business units, affiliates, partners and suppliers.

Several technologies have already solved multi-domain authentication; the remaining challenge occurs once a user is authenticated. How to determine which resources he or she can use after entering the destination domain? The answer is multi-domain authorization, which is the focus of MULTIPOL.

MULTIPOL will deliver software modules which efficiently control access across domains that have different security policies. These modules will provide a cross-domain authorization chain, collaborating to determine trust-based access rights whenever needed. MULTIPOL will fully leverage existing work from Liberty Alliance and other federated identity specifications.

MULTIPOL will start in July 2008 and deliver its results by mid-2010. Over this duration, this Evidian-led project will devote over €10 million to research on multi-domain policy management.

“As a major identity and access management player, Evidian heavily invests in R&D to deliver value to its customers” said Hassan Maad, Evidian Chief Operating Officer. “The MULTIPOL project is an example of how we integrate advanced research into groundbreaking commercial products”.

About ITEA-2

ITEA 2, the follow-up to the successful ITEA program, is a strategic pan-European program for advanced pre-competitive R&D in software for Software-intensive Systems and Services (SiS). ITEA 2 stimulates and supports projects that will give European industry a leading edge in the area of SiS, mobilizing a total of 20,000 person-years over eight years.

For more information >>> http://www.itea-office.org/

Bull and Tricast help French social protection agencies and insurers manage their risk portfolios

The two companies will bring together their expertise to offer an innovative approach combining Business Intelligence and portfolio optimization.

Bull and Tricast – the publisher of insurance industry software solutions – have signed a commercial partnership agreement under the terms of which Bull will integrate Tricast’s software solution in the French market. Bull will bring its expertise in Business Intelligence (BI) information systems into play, in order to implement the full range of processes for analysis, specification and construction of performance indicators.

The new offering is designed primarily for social protection agencies, mutual insurers, pensions and provident institutions, and insurers (healthcare, provident, property) who want to strengthen their decision support and reporting systems, particularly under the EU’s Solvency II* regulations.

This industry-specific BI solution is part of a global approach to governance that also aims to optimize simulation analysis strategies and formalize Board-level reporting.

Jean Boudy, Chief Executive Officer of Tricast, commented: “The Tricast software suite enables companies to identify areas for constant improvement in their technical margins. Directors of insurance organizations will have access to information about the risks that they face, and can carry out analyses to help them find a better compromise between profitability and competitiveness. This new partnership with Bull will further strengthen this orientation, bringing on board the company’s recognized expertise in Business Intelligence and Bull’s industrial-scale systems integration capabilities.

Bull’s approach to Business Intelligence
As part of its 7i program, Bull launched its third initiative ‘Facilitate decision-making’ to help organizations maximize the value of their knowledge capital and support their business judgments. With its extensive expertise as a systems integrator on large-scale BI projects worldwide (most notably for Medicaid in the USA), Bull aims to facilitate the implementation of open Business Intelligence solutions that bring together data from across the extended enterprise and transform that information into real value: so organizations can understand, forecast and react more effectively.

* Solvency II : As an extension of the Bâle II program for the banking industry, the European Union is establishing a new regulatory framework for risk management in the insurance industry. The final version of these reforms, known as Solvency II , is due to come into force in 2010. In comparison with the Solvency I regulations, this latest refinement is much more sensitive to the actual risks taken by the company. Inspired by the Bâle II reforms, it requires insurers to put in place stringent procedures for risk measurement and supervision.

About Tricast

Tricast is a French company specializing in decision support systems for insuring people and possessions. The company has grown very rapidly, with significant international expansion. 50% of Tricast’s business comes from Europe, 30% from South America and 20% from Asia.

 

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