everRun continuous availability software ensures systems stay on regardless of hardware failures

Dunbia Beefs Up Protection of Production Systems

For any firm involved in manufacturing and processing, ensuring continual operation of production systems is absolutely critical to the business.  Any downtime has immediate impact on productivity and profitability as well as serious knock-on 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 selected everRun continuous availability software to ensure Emydex shopfloor management system will continue to run regardless of any hardware failure.

 

Dunbia operates in one of the fastest moving, high pressure retail supply chain environments. Customer orders arrive via EDI early to mid morning on the day of production and all orders are manufactured for same day despatch to customer depot. Should the Emydex system controlling production and order fulfilment fail for even half an hour, an entire day’s orders could be lost.

 

In a very competitive market, Dunbia can ill afford to let its customers down. With that in mind, the company chose 24/7 Uptime as its IT partner to install Stratus everRun (previously Marathon everRun) fault tolerant software throughout its production estate.

 

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 virtualises these servers to appear and operate as one for the purpose of ensuring continuous availability for Windows applications.  The environment appears and operates as though the applications were running on a single standalone server with one identity and one IP address.  The system does not require complex, costly equipment and has a very low administrative overhead.

 

Thanks to everRun software, the risk of Emydex system downtime and associated business loss has been virtually eliminated at Dunbia.

 

everRun promises 99.999% reliability of our key production systems. We have used everRun in one form or another since 2001 and firmly believe it is the best to deliver maximum availability for our business critical applications. everRun continuous availability software works seamlessly with our factory floor management, stock and order processing systems. We chose 24/7 Uptime to implement everRun software throughout the Dunbia estate.

Technical Assurance & Infrastructure Manager