How moving to a hosted environment allowed Tower Insurance to embrace transformation
Tower Insurance was looking to transform but was faced with a looming expense to replace its aging IBM i hardware. By moving to a consumption-based offering, they were able to avoid unnecessary expenditure and focus their attention on the transformation of their key application.
In order to assist Tower Insurance transition smoothly to a new platform, we moved their IBM i-based application to a hosted environment. Through this solution, they were able to avoid incurring significant capex costs and instead take advantage of updated technology in a consumption-based environment. Our IBM i environment is hosted at two separate data centres, co-located with Tower’s Intel-based system. The result is no performance degradation by having to connect two parts of the system through a wide area network (WAN).
We also virtualised the tape system that was being used for backup, to eliminate the cost of managing physical media, while making synchronising backups between the two data centres faster and simpler.
The elastic nature of the environment also allows them to spin up short term environments for their development and testing at no additional cost, enabling them to be more agile in their development strategy.