EXTOL Helps IBM i Shop with Web Services . . . m-Power Delivers In-Memory Analytics . . . VAULT400 Racks Up Another Win
September 16, 2015 Timothy Prickett Morgan
EXTOL Helps IBM i Shop with Web Services
CURT Manufacturing has been using the EXTOL EDI Integrator for i software from EXTOL International for over a decade. But when the tow-hitch manufacturer decided to expand its business on the Web, it needed something to accelerate its new ordering processes.
That’s when it tapped another product from the Pottsville, Pennsylvania, software company: EXTOL Business Integrator (EBI) Web Services. With EBI Web Services installed on the company’s Power Systems server, CURT Manufacturing found the solution it needed.
It’s all about ensuring that CURT’s back-end processes could deliver faster response times to requests from its trading partners, says EXTOL Vice President of Sales Peter Harper. CURT could have achieved that by building its own internal Web services infrastructure, he says, but that wasn’t practical for a variety of reasons.
“We were able to give them a solution that provides immediate response on submitted orders as a pass/fail status, as well as detailed information on already submitted orders, without the need for a separate Web services license or costly professional services engagement,” Harper says.
“By providing CURT with an integrated Web services solution, EXTOL now captures exact statuses through the EBI Web Services solution, which offers better tracking while offering a synchronous XML response,” he says.
m-Power Goes In-Memory
Applications developed with the m-Power development tool from mrc can now utilize in-memory processing to speed analytics, the company announced last month.
m-Power can be used to develop a range of applications that run on IBM i and other OSes, including Web and mobile clients, e-commerce storefronts, and CRM systems. But one of the most popular types of applications for the Java-generating tool is creating business intelligence systems and dashboard applications.
The new in-memory processing option will be particularly useful in several scenarios, mrc says, most notably when one wants to perform interactive analyses over large sets of data, or when offloading analytical workloads from the database will free it up to run other tasks.
In-memory processing is not a panacea, however, and mrc gives us two examples where it should not be used. This includes when users have a small data set to analyze and when real-time processing of data is required.
“In-memory analytics is a growing trend, and offers many advantages,” says Tyler Wassell, mrc’s director of development. “But, it’s not the best choice for every situation. With this enhancement, m-Power users get the freedom to choose the best approach for their needs.”
Mobile Instrument Repair Company Heads to the VAULT
by Alex Woodie
When Mobile Instrument Service & Repair set out looking for a new backup solution for its IBM i environment, it had several requirements. After trying out the VAULT400 service from United Computer Group, it was satisfied that its requirements were met.
Mobile Instrument Service & Repair (MIS&R) is one of the country’s largest providers of surgical equipment repair. The Bellefontaine, Ohio-based company owns nearly 200 mobile repair labs that service hospitals across the nation, and runs satellite facilities in Tennessee and Southern California.
The IBM i server is critical for the company, and secure backups are critical to IBM i operations. In addition to completing backups within the allotted time window, MIS&R required that its backup data be compressed, encrypted, and backed up to two offsite locations, without using additional hardware.
iSeries Software Development Specialist Steve Smith explains the company’s decision to go with VAULT400 backup as a service (BaaS) offering. “VAULT400 BaaS is a cost-effective way to create secure daily offsite copies of our data that would give us a duplicate of our tapes,” Smith says. “VAULT400 records our data each night and provides quick file restores when needed.”
VAULT400 is a cloud-based backup and recovery service that uses a backup agent installed on the IBM i server, which replicates data to UCG’s cloud recovery center. Cleveland, Ohio-based UCG gives VAULT400 customers several options when it comes to recovery time objectives (RTO), including 12-hour, 24-hour, and 48-hour services. The company also offers high availability hosting services and as well as its Quick Ship program.