Leumit Health Services
Maurice Kasner, VP Information Technology at Leumit Health Services, explains why Leumit choose MedOne to host its central data center. What is Leumit? “Leumit Health Services was founded in 1933 and is delivering advanced health services, advanced health education, and providing advanced medical services to its members. Leumit serves some 720,000 members (as of 2012), constituting around 9% of Israel’s insured population. Leumit has 320 branches located all around the country.
Business continuity no matter what Leading insurance company Migdal chooses the MedOne data center for hosting its disaster recovery site When Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. formulated its strategy for business continuity covering all scenarios, with no compromise and no half-measures, it decided to locate its backup site at the MedOne data center in northern Israel: “Migdal’s strategy is to create a competitive advantage based on the highest possible levels of reliability and availability —levels that generally exceed regulatory requirements — because of our concern and deeply felt responsibility for the rights of the insurees and with the intent of maintaining a high level of service even under disaster conditions,” says Shai Bason, Deputy CEO and head of Technologies and Organizational Infrastructure at Migdal Insurance. Risk management is the home territory of insurance companies. Their expertise in minimizing exposure to operational, financial, and environmental dangers is what enables them to “invest” in the safety of individuals and of other companies at a price that is worthwhile for their clients — who are unable to handle such risk management similarly by themselves — while still coming out ahead. One significant element in the risk management strategy of insurance companies is strong protection of their IT systems for the sake of ensuring business continuity regardless of what occurs, including major natural disasters, warfare and terror, crime, and human error as well. Regulations set the bar for protection of the insurance companies’ IT systems high enough to ensure continuity of service to the insurees in such cases, but insurance
Direct Finance (Mimun Yashir)
This account by Roei Bruchim, Infrastructure Manager at Direct Finance, tells why MedOne was selected to host his company’s DRP site. What kind of company is Direct Finance? Direct Finance, known in Hebrew as Mimun Yashir, is a consumer credit company in the Direct Insurance – Financial Investments Ltd. group. We specialize in overall solutions in the consumer credit field, financing car purchases in Israel and loans for the consumers’ various personal purposes. The IT systems at Direct Finance serve 160 users and run on some 120 servers. The virtual server environment resides on a VMware infrastructure and is equipped with the most advanced technological solutions for data security, communications, and storage. As the company’s Infrastructure Manager, I clearly recall the process that led Direct Finance to choose MedOne as the site to host its DRP configuration. Why is DRP necessary in the first place? Because of the continuing growth in data volume and the extensive interdependency among the various IT systems, significant challenges arose regarding how to ensure business continuity. Direct Finance wanted to guarantee that the IT systems would work properly at all times. For that purpose, an alternative system had to be set up as part of DRP (disaster recovery planning), to make a quick restart possible after a shutdown or a disaster affecting the central system and to enable routine work to recommence efficiently. The role of Direct Finance is to provide credit in considerable sums, so it can’t risk a system shutdown that would prevent the
Traiana transfers its R&D server farm to MedOne’s hosting installations Traiana Inc., developer of the world’s leading platform for financial transaction processing, moved its R&D server farm to MedOne’s installations in order to enjoy a higher-level SLA for survivability and availability along with the ability to grow and expand as appropriate to its Israeli activities. Client profile Traiana Inc. provides processing and clearing services for trade between financial institutions such as banks, brokerages, hedge funds, institutional investors, and others. As the scope of trading accelerated for financial products in the world, the need arose for a global service enabling transactions to be automated on a large scale while reducing the risks and costs for each of the market’s players. Harmony, the service that Traiana provides, is the world standard today in the field of currencies, and it is used by the world’s 50 largest banks. The Harmony service processes millions of transactions a day, on the magnitude of trillions of dollars. The company, which began as an Israeli start-up in 2000, today supplies a platform that serves most of the world’s currency trading traffic. Because Traiana’s systems are so vital and significant, any failure in them could cause a global crisis in currency trading. The business situation Traiana and EBS are subsidiaries of ICAP, a publicly traded British company that is considered the world’s largest interbank brokerage group. “For that reason,” says Shai Arnon, VP IT at Traiana, “we are held to high standards of availability, survivability, and ability
Hosting company MedOne and technological firm HP have set up two new IT centers for Israel’s national lottery organization Mifal Hapais: a main IT center in the company’s headquarters building, and a backup (disaster recovery, or DR) center inside MedOne’s data center at Tirat Carmel. The project won in the infrastructures and technology category of the 2014 People & Computers IT Awards, with MedOne receiving an award of excellence for its contribution to the project’s success. HP and MedOne had won a challenging, complex Mifal Hapais tender for setting up new IT centers and moving the IT employees’ personal computer equipment to a new building and a new backup center. HP was chosen to set up the main IT center inside Mifal Hapais headquarters in Tel Aviv, and to transfer all the organization’s systems from the old IT center nearby to the new one, while MedOne was chosen to host the DR site at MedOne’s advanced installation in Tirat Carmel, with HP performing the actual transfer of the DR systems. The challenge The challenge consisted of two main projects, including twenty subprojects performed by the Mifal Hapais employees, to be completed in a record time of four months for planning and execution, with no system shutdown and with Mifal Hapais activities continuing in ordinary, uninterrupted fashion, as well as — of course — with optimal price/performance. The solution MedOne, Israel’s most advanced provider of IT system hosting and storage services, was chosen for the job because of the high security and backup standards