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What is the API Economy? (Infographic)

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To learn more, join us at our webinar on the API Economy, September 22nd, from 2 PM - 3 PM (EST)

 

 

Topics: Infrastructure

Able-One's 20th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament

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Golf Classic

A couple weeks ago, Able-One Systems held our 20th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament. This day has become a highlight and something our team looks forward to each year, and we're glad to say that this year was once again a resounding success. 

We'd like to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed a beautiful day of learning, dining and golfing. To start the day, our attendees enjoyed a breakfast seminar with presentations focused on optimized IT from Todd Cox, our CTO, and our partners: IBM, Lenovo & Eaton. If you would like to receive a copy of the presentations or get further information on any of the topics please contact us here.

Presentations

  • Able-One Systems
  • IBM
  • Lenovo
  • Eaton

New Beginnings 

Able-One Systems also announced our latest partnership with Tekmonks. A few of our attendeestekmonks.png have already asked about how they can get more information. Look out for a webinar seriers in the next couple of months and if you would like to take advantage of the API economy now let us know.

Mackenzie Hughes

Just before heading out on to the course, Mackenzie Hughes, our long-time friend, gave us all some pointers to optimize our swings out on the links. 

Below is a video where you can see of Mackenzie giving us those pointers after having recently won his first Web.com Tour title - a victory at the Price Cutter Charity Championship - Hughes secured his spot on the PGA Tour next season!

 

Community

Every year a charity or non-profit is selected to benefit from our Charity Hole Challenge. We are proud to have selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region as this year’s beneficiary. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo RegionAgencyLogos_OneWebHeader_wrongPurple_117.jpg is a volunteer-driven community leader in creating opportunities for children and youth to maximize potential through adult and youth based mentoring services and programs that foster caring, self-esteem, life skills and friendship. 

This year, we we're happy to end the day off knowing everyone helped raise $1870 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region of which Able-One Systems matched, for a grand total of $3740!

Last year BBBSW volunteer mentors provided 35,000 hours of support to 1,100 kids in our region. With community support BBBSW can continue to provide a variety of mentoring programs that contribute to the healthy development of children.

Partners

We'd like t13217119_1701481310069566_1622734332288201368_o.jpgo extend a big thank you to the team at Conestoga Country Club for the hospitality and for all of our partners & friends who attended to make this year's golf tournament another great one! 

A special thanks also goes out to E1 Transit for sponsoring the Tesla ride for the day. Recently, they have launched their corporate partnerships program. You can find out more information about how you and your company can participate in their corporate plan here.

Information

If you have any questions about the golf tournament, would like a copy of the presentations or want information on any other topic, please contact us here

Topics: Able-One News

The Value of Disaster Recovery - Contrans Group

A flexible and affordable business continuity plan, particularly one that addresses system redundancy and accessibility, while ensuring that the worst case scenario is looked after… is a an investment that a business takes to ensure a peace of mind and credibility. Beyond being looked at as worst-case scenario plan, or “the likelihood of this happening is slim to none”, a business can affirm its dedication to excellent service, above all to its customers, through a well-constructed disaster recovery solution.

Working with Rocket Software, Able-One implemented the iCluster replication software on Contrans’ production and high availability servers. Contrans is one of the largest freight transportation companies in Canada, with approximately 1,500 power units and 2,600 trailers under its management. The implemented software replicates transactions in real time so that data is consistent on both servers.  In the event of a disaster, the backup server can be used for production with minimal loss of data. It can also be used to provide ongoing operations during periods of planned outage. Shortly after the disaster recovery solution was put in place for their production AS/400, Contrans Group Inc. experienced a complete loss of their main computer room through a water leak.

 

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After implementing their Disaster Recovery/High Availability (DR/HA) solution Contrans was able to switch users to their backup system and get everything up and running within a couple of hours, with only minimal data loss.  Darren Levine, Contrans’ IT Director said: “This was about as massive an impact to an IT infrastructure as you can have.  But our customers didn’t even realize we’d had an outage”.

During this project Able-One managed two cutovers: they installed the new production server in Contrans’ newly built computer room, and restored the backup server, including rolling over all applications and migrating data.  With the Rocket iCluster software on production and DR/HA servers, Contrans can now rely on the availability of their data and applications.  From their experience, they know their data is in sync and users can be moved to their backup system with minimal business disruption.

Darren adds, “This was our first project with Able-One:  they lived up to our expectations and I would absolutely recommend them.  They’re very responsive and agile, and they understand what we were trying to accomplish.”

Find out how exactly Able-One Systems helped Contrans avoid disaster. Download the full story here

Topics: Infrastructure, Disaster Recovery

Able-One Helps Kraus Flooring Save Money While Improving Server Reliability

As they grow, many organizations struggle with the challenges presented by separate locations and siloed business operations.  Kraus Flooring was facing this issue with separate servers in Waterloo and Winnipeg, each of which dealt with a different aspect of the business – which would switch back to the head office in the event of a failure.  This was aggravated by the fact that they were experiencing power reliability issues at the same head office, which was impacting their ability to provide consistent computing resources for the business, or handle disaster recovery effectively. They knew they needed to:

 

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  • Create more robust, high-performance computing resources for their organization, while staying in budget.
  • Reduce the costs associated with running aging servers in separate locations.
  • Improve reliability and availability of their computing resources.
  • Create redundancy and disaster recovery for their business operations.

Able-One implemented an IBM power server configured with two logical partitions, modelled and sized to support the needs of their Winnipeg and Waterloo workloads. In addition, they consolidated Kraus’s x86 environment using VMware and shared storage.  The new power server was deployed in Able-One’s co-location facility in their London data center, which has the fire suppression, cooling, power and security measures that can be costly to implement in a customer’s computer room – and especially to duplicate in multiple locations. Able-One managed the entire project end-to-end, including migrating each of the server workloads to its partition on the power server in the data center.

With their new server consolidation in Able-One’s co-location facility, Kraus Flooring has achieved the economy of scale and reliability they sought.

Find out how exactly Able-One Systems helped Kraus Flooring achieve their goals. Download the full story here. 

Topics: Infrastructure

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