LIS Logistische Informationssysteme AG welcomes a prominent new addition to its recently completed computing center. From now on, the Greven-based software specialist will also host the Transport Management System of Schnellecke Transportlogistik GmbH from Wolfsburg. The new computing center of LIS was expanded by two powerful servers especially for this order. The migration – which has now been successfully completed – went as planned and was executed with great precision within a single weekend.
Data is the heart of every company, and its security and availability are elementary. The choice of a hosting provider is therefore of strategic importance. We are all the more pleased that Schnellecke Transportlogistik GmbH now relies on our company’s competence in this area as well,” says Magnus Wagner, CEO of LIS Logistische Informationssysteme AG.
It was only at the beginning of the year that the logistics software manufacturer commissioned a new computing center at its headquarters in Greven. It has now been expanded by two servers especially for the order from the Wolfsburg-based logistics group. Johannes Willenberg, head of technology at LIS: “Purchasing our own hardware for a single customer is rather unusual. But in this case, the volume of data made it unavoidable. The DMS database alone is three terabytes in size.” Since the beginning of April, the Schnellecke Transportlogistik GmbH data has been managed on two Lenovo SR650s, whose processors have a total of 48 physical cores and are each equipped with 512 gigabytes of RAM and eight terabytes of hard disk space. 40 virtual computers were installed on them to map the entire environment of Schnellecke Transportlogistik GmbH, including the foreign locations. Both the upload and the download take place via a redundantly designed one-gigabit line.
“The data transfer still took five hours,” Willenberg reports. And that’s without the logistics company’s three terabyte document database. It was transferred via courier on a hard drive. “That was faster,” says Willenberg with a laugh.
Together with his team, the LIS technology manager invested three months of preparation in the project. The tight time frame for the data migration required meticulous planning of all procedures and processes. Only 40 hours, from Saturday morning to Sunday evening, remained for the LIS team for the implementation in order to ensure uninterrupted work on the part of Schnellecke Transportlogistik GmbH. It turned out to be an advantage that the logistics company has been an LIS customer since 2016 and uses almost all modules of the transport management system WinSped. “Because of this, there were already many good connections at the specialist level, which made the coordination much easier,” Willenberg reports. “In the end, there was even enough time to run additional version updates of WinSped. “
LIS now hosts the data sets of around 100 customers via its new data center.