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19 Aug 2003:
IBM today announced that Rapsheets, a leading compiler of publicly available criminal records, will use IBM eServer and Total Storage systems to help track more than 150 million criminal records. Under the guidelines established by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, companies can search these records for employment screening, tenant screening and other business related criminal records checks. Individuals can also perform checks on potential household workers, nannies, baby-sitters and employees of small businesses.
Rapsheets selected IBM technology over competitive systems from Dell and HP because of the scalability of IBM's high-end Intel servers and scale-out functionality of IBM's eServer BladeCenter.
"Our records database has grown by 20 percent in the past six months and we continue to grow at a rapid pace," said Keith Grimes, chief technology officer of Rapsheets. "The capability to rapidly add processors will allow us to give our customers better response time. The addition of the IBM eServer and Storage systems will deliver performance that further bolsters the company's position as the nation's leading provider of instant criminal records searches."
Using the Scale-Up/Scale-Out computing model, Rapsheets has deployed an IBM eServer x440 with eight Intel Xeon processors to power its rapidly growing database of records. With the ability to scale up to 16 processors, the eServer x440 can grow along with Rapsheets business demands. For scale-out, Rapsheets will use IBM eServer BladeCenter to provide its customers access to the criminal records over a highly secure website. As more customers access the site, Rapsheets can deploy additional blade servers to keep up with growing demand. Additionally, Rapsheets will use an IBM storage area network with the capacity of five terabytes.
"The components of Rapsheets' new data center is indicative of a growing trend of customers consolidating certain workloads on scalable high-end 32-bit Intel systems and at the same time adding scale-out capacity with blades," said Deepak Advani, vice president, IBM eServer xSeries. "Combining scale-up and scale-out computing with IBM storage presents a combination that customers want and is hard for competitors to match."
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