PALO ALTO, Calif.----HP NYSE:HPQ today announced that Borsa Italiana, the Italian stock
exchange, has deployed an HP Cluster Platform supercomputer to reliably
distribute trading information to financial institutions, consolidate
its server systems and lower energy costs.
The No. 1 exchange in Europe by turnover velocity, Borsa Italiana is an
electronic, order-driven, full-service stock exchange trading both
stocks and futures. Borsa Italiana’s
high-performance computing HPC solution includes 130 HP BladeSystem BL
series servers powered by AMD Opteron™
multi-core processors in data centers in Milan and Turin.
The stock exchange turned to HP HPC technology to streamline its
operations and reduce overhead. Since its HPC deployment, Borsa Italiana
has reduced its total cost of ownership by 50 percent, representing €1
million in savings to the exchange. The savings include cutting power
and cooling costs in half.
“We needed to do more with servers that could
be easily deployed and managed, but at the same time, directly impact
productivity and total cost of ownership,”
said Alessandro Pelosi, senior engineer, ICT Department, Borsa Italiana. “We
saw immediately that the new AMD Opteron-based HP BladeSystem would
deliver improved manageability, faster automated system backups and
generate far less heat, which allowed us to focus on integrating our
servers instead of continuously adding new servers. The HP and AMD HPC
solution gives us complete control of the infrastructure.”
Since deploying its HP Cluster Platform supercomputer, Borsa Italiana
has experienced 100 percent uptime and total availability for its more
than 140 European banking customers, boosting its reputation as one of
the most reliable stock markets in Europe. In addition, the HP
BladeSystem servers provide Borsa Italiana with flexibility for future
high-performance computing solutions are a natural fit for companies
like Borsa Italiana that demand unparalleled performance while needing
to control costs across the board,” said
Winston Prather, vice president and general manager, High Performance
HP’s Cluster Platform provides the stock
exchange with a high level of space efficiency and a very low level of
power consumption, which results in significant cost savings, including
reductions in hardware acquisition costs, floor space rental expenses,
energy management, software installation and operations including OS
costs, and overall expense on automatic case openings to repair hardware
In addition, the back-office overhaul has dramatically reduced IT
maintenance and installation time. HP BladeSystem also is easier to
install and configure and much more adaptable to run the stock exchange’s
More information about HP high-performance computing is available at www.hp.com/go/hptc.
About BIt Systems
BIt Systems S.p.A. is the technological company of Borsa Italiana. The
company is responsible for the management, maintenance and development
of the group’s information systems. It also
provides project management and systems integration services to private
and public operators, financial institutions and to the exchange
industry for the development and management of applications.
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totaling $97.1 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30,
2007. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.
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