Sidebar: Migration Milestones: The Merc's Transition to Intel/Linux Servers

First quarter, 2002

The CME begins considering Intel/Linux x86 machines as Solaris/Sparc server replacements.

Fourth quarter, 2002

Testing begins on HP servers and Red Hat Linux.

Third/fourth quarter, 2003

Implementation begins. Trading time is about 500 milliseconds.

July 2004

Conversion of systems to Intel/Linux servers is 30% completed. Faster servers shave 100 milliseconds off trading times.

December 2004

About 45% of all Solaris/Sparc servers are scheduled to be replaced with Intel/Linux servers. The Merc hasn't established a final conversion goal but says it isn't aiming for 100% conversion. Some applications will continue to run on Solaris/Sparc systems.

The Merc's Transition to Intel/Linux Servers

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