Key Benefits for Tower:
• Significant reduction in power, cooling and physical space requirements
• Reduced operating costs
• Improved business efficiency and delivery of enhanced services to customers, intermediaries and suppliers
• Faster delivery of products to market
• IBM Power6 System i550
• IBM InfoSphere
• IBM Cognos
• Harlosh Insurance Faces application
“Integral has worked closely with Tower in assisting to transform Tower’s core IT enterprise infrastructure that is responsible for running Tower’s high availability insurance system. Tower and Integral have focussed on managing risk and transition. Tower is cogniscant that the new infrastructure is an energy efficient platform with the benefits of reduced physical space, power and cooling requirements. Integral’s knowledge of the IBM portfolio has helped Tower leverage the latest virtualisation and workload partitioning technologies available on the Power platform.” - Raymond Skoglund, IBM New Zealand channels manager.
Integral Technology Group, following up on the Best Energy Efficient Solution Award from last year’s IBM Business Partner Awards, has again demonstrated commitment to the environment with its role in Tower’s legacy system replacement project. “By replacing one very large and dated Hitachi mainframe, Tower has reduced power requirements from at least 3.7kVA to much less than 1.4kVA, slashed heat output from 14,500 BTUs (British thermal units) to less than 2000 BTUs and squeezed significantly more processing power (up to 30 times faster) from a half-ton machine into a 4U rack mount form factor,” says Catherine Blinkhorn, Integral’s enterprise business director. “The immediate savings are significant and that economy will continue to accrue over the life of the system.”
During the same project, Integral facilitated a validation of the entire core infrastructure solution in conjunction with Harlosh, the application provider, by offering the customer a ‘sandpit’ environment. The sandpit, comprising the Harlosh Insurance Faces application and WebSphere, helped to establish the macro-design of the entire solution ensuring compliance and the best possible leverage for Tower prior to making a capital investment.
“Tower was looking for a carefully managed approach and the solution called for a proof of concept (the sandpit approach) that demonstrated the viability of our proposed configuration. This was a long-term commitment from both Integral and Tower. We spent at least 15 months developing the solution before actually selling anything. This was our first engagement with Tower and now they are one of our key clients.”
“Anyone can sell a box,” concludes Blinkhorn, “but our focus is providing solutions that minimise risk and deliver real customer outcomes while simultaneously improving production and reducing the environmental impact of the solution.”
Tower now has more than 60 users in this new environment on a daily basis (forecast to build up to 400 users in the next six months). Integral and Tower have a managed services agreement whereby Integral maintains the ‘watering and feeding’ of the production IBM Power6 System i550.