Infrastructure specialist Promax has implemented the highest segment of the new IBM infrastructure at van der Kaaij in Dinteloord, grower of flavour tomatoes. The Kaaij Group have
9 different cultivation locations in The Netherlands. The company specialises in the production of a high-grade quality products with the best price-quality proportion resulting from an innovative technology. The saving in energy and CO2-emissions with the revolutionary Ultra Clima glasshouse is a good example of this. Kaaij Group have chosen, on the advice of ICT partner Promax, for a virtual service environment on the basis of IBM servers with an IBM Storwize V7000 storage environment in Dinteloord.
Ultra Clima glasshouse of Kaaij
With the increasing integration of the ICT systems as part of the production process and the process management the requirements of availability increase as well. Kaaij Group have been successfully using virtualisation technology within the service environment in order to satisfy the increasing availability requirements. Virtualisation has been supplied by Kaaij Group for years with a reliable and measurable infrastructure minimising the complexity.
Following a replacement section of the virtual infrastructure at the location in Tinte, Promax was again approached to arrange the IT-infrastructure for the new production location in Dinteloord. The knowledge and experience of Promax in the area of virtualisation, the innovative character of the solutions in the portfolio and the capacity of Promax to function as a sparring partner for its own ICT-organisation, have made Kaaij Group again decide to choose for cooperation with Promax.
Strengths of IBM Storwize
The experience of Promax showed that the storage solution chosen is an important factor of success in a dynamic infrastructure and in reducing the complexity. When studying the solution it became clear quickly that a design including the Storwize V7000 storage solution of IBM would be the best infrastructure for Kaaij Group.
With the easy control possibilities and close integration with the server environment the complexity is reduced, this will result in a reduction of the cost of control and an optimising of the availability. "It is our point of view that complexity will finally result in a decrease of availability. The biggest mistake made by ICT service suppliers is adding unnecessary complexity with the result that the infrastructure becomes unclear and complicated," Leon Jansen, technical director of Promax explains. "In these circumstances IBM have combined all unique properties of all other high-end storage lines. A general misconception of IBM-solutions is that they are directed too much towards high-end environments and do not fit in with end-users in the middle segment. With these solutions IBM proves the opposite!"
Promax is a specialist at addressing infrastructure solutions for its customers, in which innovation and the partnership with the customer are central. As a total supplier with a specialisation within the innovative Agro sector Promax offer one point of address to the client. Within the branch there is close cooperation with various suppliers of applications in order to take care together of an optimum to each other adjusted ICT environment. Simplicity, reliability and security are central. Promax takes care of all worries you as the customer may have in the area of ICT, so that you can concentrate on your product and your primary company processes.
In addition to project management and implementation Promax also offer a flexible management position, in which on the basis of monitoring and management of your ICT environment can be offered even up to 24/7.