Automated Systems, Inc. Announces Server Virtualization Initiatives
Lincoln, Nebraska – April 23, 2009 Automated Systems, Inc. (ASI), announces the completion of phase one of moving all company servers to a virtual server environment using VMware. This includes production, development, testing and administrative servers. Bradley Perry, VP of Operations said, “This is just beginning of our virtual server initiatives. The benefits we have seen since converting our existing server environment to a virtual server makes us believers of this technology.”
VMware is a virtual datacenter operating system that unifies discrete hardware resources to create a shared dynamic platform, while delivering built–in availability, security and scalability to applications.
ASI implemented virtual serves due to concerns regarding the current number of servers and aging equipment. ASI was convinced that it was a cost effective technology that would require less IT maintenance expense over time. The company would be facing a large number of hardware upgrades in the next six to twelve months. However, by moving to a virtual server datacenter, they will have a standard hardware infrastructure in place for immediate needs plus future expansion. New servers, even for temporary testing purposes, can be created in minutes without purchasing new hardware.
ASI deployed an HP BladeSystem server to run its VMware virtualization software and utilized the miSAN R Series multi-purpose solution for NAS and the miSAN D Series for SAN storage. ASI has recently been required to convert large check imaging and document imaging databases from its new customer base. The Cybernetics storage provided more than the required performance and availability to complete these conversions. ASI immediately saw the benefits to implementing a virtual datacenter.
“Cybernetics is thrilled to be working with one of its Certified Partners on its virtualization initiative,” said Kevin M. Mingee, Cybernetics Channel Sales Engineer. “The miSAN’s certification on VMware helped to ensure ASI’s successful completion of phase one of the project.”
Many of ASI’s customers were requesting information about implementing a virtual server environment with the ASI Insite Banking System™ Applications in their data centers. ASI is currently certifying its Insite applications to run on VMware in a virtual server environment. These applications include: Insite Core Banking System™, Insite Check Imaging™, Insite Document Imaging™, Insite iTeller™, Insite Online Banking™, Insite Business Banking™, Insite Telephone Banking™, and Insite iPortal™.
Using a virtual datacenter has been beneficial to the company in many ways, including:
Decreases in energy consumption and costs
Less need for physical space
Reduction in hardware maintenance