For any firm involved in manufacturing and processing, ensuring continuous operation of production systems is absolutely critical to the business. Any downtime has immediate impact on productivity and profitability, as well as serious ripple effects in terms of customer service levels and damaged reputation. As a leading supplier of fresh meat products to many of the UK’s largest retail supermarkets, Dunbia has selected always-on availability software from Stratus Technologies to ensure applications will continue to run regardless of any hardware failure.
Dunbia operates in a fast-moving, high-pressure retail supply chain environment. Customer orders arrive via electronic data interchange (EDI) early to mid-morning on the day of production and all orders are manufactured for same day dispatch to a customer depot. Should the IT systems controlling production and order fulfillment fail for even half an hour, an entire day’s orders could be lost. In a very competitive market, Dunbia cannot afford to let its customers down. Therefore, the company is working with IT partner-, 24/7/365 Uptime-, to deploy Stratus everRun software throughout its production operations.
Stratus everRun software protects Windows applications from downtime in the event of server failure. everRun pools the physical resources of two or more standard Windows servers into a single, unified operating environment. It virtualizes these servers to appear and operate as one to ensure always-on availability for Windows applications. The environment appears and operates as though the applications were running on a single stand-alone server with one identity and one IP address. The system does not require complex, costly equipment and has very low administrative overhead.
Thanks to Stratus everRun software, the risk of system downtime and associated business loss has been virtually eliminated at Dunbia.
Jay Adams, IT Service Delivery Manager for Dunbia, comments, “Stratus promises 99.999% reliability of our key production systems. We have used Stratus software in one form or another since 2001, and firmly believe it is the best to deliver maximum availability for our business-critical applications. Stratus software works seamlessly with our factory floor management, stock, and order processing systems. We are therefore working with 24/7/365 Uptime to implement Stratus everRun throughout the Dunbia estate.”
• Fast-moving, high-pressure retail supply chain environment, delivering fresh meat daily throughout the UK
• Always-on availability of business-critical production systems
• Simple solution built on industry-standard servers with low administrative overhead
• Virtually eliminates system downtime and associated business loss
• Stratus® everRun® software