We are very pleased to congratulate the finalists for the 2011 Mission-Critical Innovation Awards, presented by HP and Intel. I promised to post some additional info about each finalist so readers can have more of an idea of what each finalist implemented in their organization. Some summaries below:
CMC Limited: The BSE On-Line Trading System (BOLT) was designed and developed by CMC for Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), replacing manual trading in 1995. During early 2007, the system encountered dramatic increase in transaction loads due to market growth and mega Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). The system was approaching its resource limits. To handle this increase in demand and throughput, both CMC and BSE embarked on a project to migrate BOLT to a mission-critical solution, and, coupled with the changes made in application server, doubled the system performance.
Solution Features> HP NonStop servers
Flughafen Wien: Airport operator Flughafen Wien AG is the service provider for the Vienna International Airport, offering a full range of technology and business services, including an SAP ERP transactional and database platform. Their configuration enables the staff to adapt, optimise, and change compute resources with ease. Additionally, they can provide 24x7 system availability and meet their service levels regarding SAP and database application performance.
Gravic / Royal Bank of Canada: The Royal Bank of Canada took a major step towards providing improved service to its customers by modernizing its active/backup data center architecture and reengineering it into an active/active network. The Shadowbase product suite from Gravic was selected to provide the data replication and integration solutions. The end result: planned outages for system upgrades were reduced from hours to minutes, and recovery from an unplanned outage resulting from a system failure or a data center disaster was reduced more than 95%, from hours or even days to a few minutes.
Solution Features> HP NonStop servers
PinkRoccade Healthcare: PinkRoccade Healthcare (PRH) provides application services and complete solutions for hospitals, HMOs, clinics, and other healthcare organisations in the Netherlands. Its services include application development, application hosting, software as a service (SaaS), and is part of Total Specific Solutions (TSS). With their new converged infrastructure strategy based entirely on HP, PRH can provide application hosting out of its datacenter, allowing customers to simply pay a fee per user and PinkRoccade handles everything else.
RI-Solution: RI-Solution GmbH, an IT service provider, sought to completely modernise the IT environment of its client, BayWa Group, who has one of the most complex and high performance SAP/DB2 installations in the world. RI-Solutions' mission was to increase the SAP infrastructure performance by a factor of four and simplify business and service processes with the same IT costs.
Steelcase: Steelcase Inc., a global leader in the office furniture industry, needed to boost compute power for its expanding SAP environment, while reducing costs year-over-year. Steelcase's Converged Infrastructure results include: a performance boost of 25% for mission-critical applications; 45% increased utilisation of computing resources; and overall 40% lower costs, including fewer Oracle software licenses and streamlined support. Solution Features> Superdome 2, Integrity blades, ProLiant blades + HP-UX and HP Matrix Operating Environment
EnterpriseDB: EnterpriseDB, in its effort to provide a database alternative for customers taking advantage of the Itanium chipset and HP-UX, worked with HP to produce a build of Postgres Plus Advanced Server 9.0 for Itanium on the HP Integrity server line. Since Postgres Plus Advanced Server contains deep Oracle compatibility and is built upon the world's most advanced open source database—PostgreSQL—customers now have an easy migration path to move their mission-critical enterprise applications from Oracle to Postgres Plus Advanced Server.
Lusis: As the South African national processor, it is vital that BankservAfrica delivers assured, consistent and high availability to its stakeholders. The project was to deliver a replacement solution to BASE24 Classic for BankservAfrica, which exhibits not only the same availability on NonStop as BASE24 but also redefines the paradigm of customer service and responsiveness, seen as critical to BankservAfrica's long term vision.
Secure64: Secure64 DNS Cache is DNS caching software designed to provide the highest level of security, availability and performance for communication service providers. It provides unmatched protection against rootkits and malware, denial-of-service attacks and cache poisoning attacks while delivering five times the performance of open-source BIND DNS software. Secure64 DNS Cache's performance and security advantages allow service providers to support rapid growth, improve end user responsiveness and protect users from debilitating DNS attacks, leading to increased customer loyalty, decreased churn and improved brand value.
So who do you think should win in each category?
I'll provide more information about our Humanitarian/Green finalists next week. Stay tuned!