Video: Transactions are 8x faster using SAP HANA on POWER8.

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jan 17, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Several months after South Shore Furniture implemented SAP HANA on POWER8 – a Canadian first realised in conjunction with Present – the results are impressive. The most significant indicator of the success of the new infrastructure is the accelerated transaction speed, which is now 8 times faster.

Knowing the company’s systems receive and process orders 24/7/365 and deliver to its clients within 24 hours, it is a considerable improvement.

In the video below, Claude Bernier, VP of IT for the company, explains what motivated the use of a POWER8 infrastructure instead of Intel to deploy SAP HANA. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Big Data, IBM

High availability, more than just a disaster recovery solution

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Aug 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A key component of high-availability infrastructure is the data replication which consists of replicating a production server to a replication server. Yet about 30% of companies that have such infrastructure have never conducted a switchover, because the operation is too complex with several software.

By becoming aware of this aberration, Traders developed the QuickEDD-HA solution for i systems. Moreover, the software has truly been designed with the logic that the usefulness of high availability is not limited to replication. As IBM i servers are known for their reliability, it is difficult to financially justify the investment in a second server that is dedicated solely to replication. With the overall approach that high availability extends the production level, it is then easier to make this investment.

Here are 4 features of Traders QuickEDD-HA that allow you to make the most of your infrastructure and obtain the best performance.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability, IBM

SAP HANA on IBM Power: Canadian first performed by Present

Posted by Laurent Chayer_ on Jul 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

More and more company’s express significant high availability requirements for their IT infrastructure. Many of them therefore rely on the performance of their IBM Power servers.

Of these, many are using SAP, a planning system for companies (ERP). This integrated management software, which is compatible with multiple platforms, allows companies to perform, accounting, billing, ordering and inventory management.

The editor SAP recently launched HANA (High-Performance Analytic Appliance), its own database optimized for Linux. Now, Present has just completed a Canadian first by implementing HANA on IBM Power; great news for the Canadian market.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Events, Big Data, Digital transformation

3 technologies for insurance companies improved performance

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on May 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

All Canadian and Quebec insurance companies are subject to strict rules of compliance that are also accompanied by stresses in information technology.

However, information technology constitutes as the core business of these companies, which can complicate the lives of leaders and give them a cold sweat.

Present, has been working for several months with one of these Quebec insurance companies to consolidate its IT infrastructure, ensure stability and facilitate its management to enable managers to focus on the essential. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Managed services

High availability on IBM system i simplified by Quick-EDD/HA

Posted by present on May 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

High availability systems have many advantages for companies that handle a large volume of data and multiple applications.

First of all, this type of system protects against significant financial losses when an unexpected event makes sensitive data inaccessible. It also helps to better manage outages, resume operations quickly after a failure, and significantly reduces the downtime of IT systems during backups.

In this leading edge field, the IBM system i - also known under the names AS/400 and IBM Power – has been a reference for almost 30 years. As part of a high- availability environment, the Quick-EDD/HA solution by Traders is recommended for an operation that ensures the quick uptime of systems and data availability.

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Topics: IT Innovation, High availability, Disaster recovery (DR), Events

Best practices for testing a high-availability environment

Posted by Louise Tousignant_ on Mar 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM

When you invest in a high availability environment with IBM Power servers (also known under the names of AS / 400 and IBM I) you know you have a powerful, robust, reliable, flexible and secure machine.

Despite the undoubted benefits of Power servers, and there   infrastructure it is important to note neither are infallible.

So you need to protect yourself against the different types of disasters that can affect your computer facilities, be it a flood, fire, internal employee error or equipment failure.

Although high availability environment provides a certain level of tranquility in access to services, testing the recovery environment remains critical. Some companies rely blindly on the reliability of their systems and neglect recovery testing. In fact, it is estimated that only 10 % of companies regularly perform maintenance examinations necessary for the functioning of their recovery environment.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability

The dream is 100% availability; how to avoid a nightmarish shutdown on the System i

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Sep 30, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Often business leaders perceive high availability solutions as nothing other than an insurance policy. In fact, it's much more than that. Yes, it’s comforting to know that you are ready in the event of a system failure, a disaster or something unexpected. But in addition, this environment can be used to enable business continuity 24/7, by doing backups on the second server. Ressource intensive queries can be sent to the second server without having an impact on production. You can perform tests prior to implementation that will have no impact on production. And updates or the replacement of a server can now be done during the day rather than the weekends where overtime is accumulated.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability

Isilon: an innovative solution for managing unstructured data

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jul 2, 2015 7:30:00 AM

With the exponential growth of unstructured data, companies are facing challenges with storing this data and maintaining their environment at a high level of performance and availability.

It’s true that file servers will do the work ... but with budgetary implications that are as astronomical as the volume of data stored. The challenges associated to the management of these systems are also a source of growing concern.

EMC’s Isilon series was designed to address these problems. It can efficiently replace environments of any size by a single file storage infrastructure while at the same time offering ease of management, incredible growth potential and a much higher performance to traditional solutions.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability

3 reasons to have an automatic back-up (high availability) for an enterprise

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jun 15, 2015 8:10:00 AM

This week we have the pleasure of having our partner Traders in town to meet with our clients to discuss their HA/DR challenges and needs.

We have observed an increasing number of our clients find that a high availability environment has become a necessity.

Traders’ suite of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, called QuickEDD, has over 1400 installations worldwide and we have over 25 IBM clients using the solution in Quebec.

Below is an article written by their president and co-founder, Thierry Roux, posted on their corporate blog. We thought the article had a lot of valuable information and so, with their permission, we’re sharing it.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability

High Availability Environment: necessity or precaution?

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Dec 12, 2014 8:50:00 AM

Often you only realise how critical a system is on the day it stops working, so imagine the situation where a system you know is crucial no longer functions!  Today, as IT is so interconnected with everyday business, fingers are always pointed toward the same group when a system is not accessible: the IT staff.

Although the need for high availability environments is becoming more prevalent, this type of solution is still too often considered as part of the IT recovery plan, so simply as a precaution. Yet, more and more companies are evolving their architecture towards high availability because they derive significant gains in terms of both productivity, security, as well as resource management.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability

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