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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Category four and five hurricanes in the summer of 2005 caused management at Florida-based mega-retailer ABC Fine Wine & Spirits to examine their vulnerabilities. 154 busy retail stores in latitudes as far north as Tallahassee and as far south as Miami could be isolated without access to the company’s IBM System i 550, which is housed in the executive office complex next to its 250,000 square foot distribution center in Orlando.
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Adventist Health
The computing load placed on an aging IBM AS/400 model 730 caused response times to swell, so a powerful new IBM System i model 570 was acquired to take its place. All of the healthcare facilities supported by this system operate on a 24/7 basis, with Adventist employees accessing and updating patient charts continuously. A conventional migration from the AS/400 to the new System i model 570 was going to result in an unacceptable amount of downtime—potentially more than 20 hours.
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Alfa Bank
At the end of every business day, Alfa-Bank must perform “end of day” procedures for their banking application. During this time, bank customers cannot access their accounts, conduct transactions or use services across delivery channels such as internet banking or ATM machines. With plans for expansion across multiple time zones within Russia, Alfa-Bank needed to completely eliminate its IT downtime and achieve nonstop business continuity.
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ALICO (American Life Insurance Company)
The Wilmington, Delaware home office of ALICO serves as the IT development shop for all of ALICO's production offices around the world. For each of these offices, the Wilmington IT department codes, enhances and fixes applications; installs new releases; resolves issues; manages disk storage space; and, when necessary, restores entire computing environments.
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Ameristar Casinos 
With a growing number of leased end-of-life servers located in multiple states, Ameristar wanted to streamline its systems. A consolidation including purchasing new IBM Power Systems servers was targeted to reduce costs, speed and simplify processes for users and for the IT staff. To limit planned downtime and avoid the negative business impact of unplanned outages, the team made high availability and smooth role swaps essential elements as they worked to design the new environment.
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AMPORTS
Major automakers worldwide rely on AMPORTS for portside vehicle processing services including damage inspections, repairs, washing and accessorizing. AMPORTS is continuously graded for on-time deliveries and other metrics. Disaster recovery is a customer-driven requirement: automakers like GM and Ford require real-time data, and that’s business critical for AMPORTS.
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Amway India
Amway India depends on both a custom-developed IBM i ERP application and a Microsoft SQL Server Windows-based e-commerce Suite. The two systems must share data, but keeping them in synch was a problem. Amway needed an automated, real-time data sharing solution.
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APL Limited
APL is a global business that operates 24x7 every day of the year. Consequently, the company tolerates no more than four hours of production system downtime per month. APL needed an environment that allowed it to protect its critical data and applications and maintain exceptionally high availability, without putting an undue strain on business applications.
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Associated Wholesalers, Inc.
Associated Wholesalers, Inc. (AWI) operates 24x7 in a competitive industry. If it can’t deliver products to its customers, other wholesalers stand ready, willing and eager to fill that gap. Clearly, lengthy data and application outages are not an option for AWI.
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Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (API)
API’s business runs 24 x7, servicing and processing orders, requests and enquiries from pharmacists, agents, suppliers and customers. However, this “Always On” business environment began to take a toll on its ability to manage and archive its data. Operational changes were needed to meet supply chain and legal obligations while still ensuring uninterrupted business continuity.
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