Such a change was implemented by i-systems dealing in the production and delivery of e-commerce software for trade and distribution, transferring some of their shops to the "cloud". The resources are located in 3S Data Center in Katowice.
i-systems has been operating on the market since 2004. It opened many e-shops, i.a. Distance, Supersklep, SCA, Operon, Higma Service, Sugarfree, R-Gol, Marketer+ or Monnari. The company system supports the e-sales, managed logistics and storage and handling orders and clients. After 10 years, the company decided to transfer some resources to the external data processing center. They were located in a private cloud (3S Private Cloud). The company also uses the services of 3S Iaas and 3S Storage - data storing and archiving.
The e-commerce market is specific in terms of data collecting and storing. It is characteristic for seasonality, which is traffic intensity in specific months. Therefore, it is necessary to select scalable and flexible solutions. The greatest benefit arising from the cooperation with the external data center is security. Here, the loss of any data affects the business directly.
Alfa Elektro is the leader among the distributors of electric equipment for professionals (B2B). Th company has more than 90 wholesalers all over Poland and 2 central warehouses in Chorzów and Lubicz near Toruń. The company has over 500 employees. Alfa Elektro has been operating on the market for 25 years and belongs to the French Sonepar Group.
In 2011, there was a decision taken on the need for changes within the IT area of Alfa Elektro whosalers network. The objective of the changes was to increase the data processing security and improve the operation of the IT network and IT systems. After the analysis of needs and costs, it has been decided that the rebuilding of own server room would be unprofitable. Furthermore, the adaptation of the existing infrastructure to the needs would require significant financial outlays and correct management would reuire additional competences. Therefore, a decision has been taken on the cooperation as part of outsourcing – server resources had to be transferred to the external data center, the needed computational power had to be rented (cloud computing) and the network infrastructure had to be replaced where necessary.
3S Group has become the sole supplier of Alfa Elektro, which has all the competences and own fiber-optic network as well as data center located in Katowice. 3S has constructed for Afa Elektro key fiber-optic connections, including to the central warehouse in Chorzów. The existing server equipment was placed in 3S Data Center and the company rented necessary resources from the operator as part of the service.
This center makes approximately 100 000 computed tomography, X-ray and USG and their results are stored in one site - 3S Data Center.
In 2013, the company deposited the data of over million patients in the cloud, making use of 3S Private Cloud Service. 3S Servers store the data from all 11 HELIMED Diagnostic Imaging centres in Silesia and Opolskie voivodeship, including10 diagnostic centres and HELIMED Urology Centre. The localisations are combined by means of the fiber-optic network covering in total 22 km. Helimed also uses other telecommunication services provided by 3S Group, i.a. 3S Telephony.
Elektrobudowa SA based in Katowice is the leader among Polish companies in the power sector. It implements installations for the industry and public entities and also renders services of the "turnkey" facility building.
The company decided on AX Microsoft Dynamics system, at the same time looking for a partner which would hep them implement and test the ERP system with the use of external infrastructure. The decision was 3S Data Center resources. According to the guidelines of Elektrobudowa SA, the experts from 3S DC designed a dedicated virtualization environment, based on hyper-V and additionally the Backup System. The client chose 3S IaaS service provided on CISCO UCS machines and EMC matrix. Furthermore, the operator ensured backup and data transmission. Due to the free equipment resources of 3S DC in Enterprise class, the client was offered a possibility of the Proof of Concept, which means providing specific output resources, and dynamic response to the needs while conducting functional and efficiency tests. After such a period (6-10 months), the client will transfer to the target tested production infrastructure.
The proposed collaboration model will enable Elektrobudowa to adjust the IT infrastructure optimally to the ERP system and additionally test the connection and safety of data transfer from their seat to the external data center.