Brandt & Brandt Computer GmbH

History of Successful Projects

The following overview lists our assignments during the past ten years. Without exception, the projects were successfully completed in time. All of them resulted in new or enhanced implementations and services that have been put into production. Most of them are still in use today.

since 06/2007
Sun server hardware and software upgrade, project management
11/2004 - 08/2007
Maintenance and enhancement of standardized system installations, including integration of large numbers of commercial and Free and Open Source Software, and integration of new hardware (Sun Niagara and Galaxy)
Operation of system and application development environments
Hardware: Sun servers, workstations, thin clients (SunRay)
Software: Solaris JumpStart, GRUB, DHCP, Lights Out Management, volume manager, name services
06/2004 - 08/2004
Extension of the DR solution implemented in 1999 - 2002
Hardware: Sun Fire 6800, Sun Fire V440
Software: Sun Advanced Lights Out Management (ALOM), SunFire Midrange server System Controller (SC)
Tasks: Implementation of additional plug-in modules for the existing DR infrastructure: agents, reporting, automated communication with the system controller, administrator und developer trainings
07/2001 - 06/2007
Design and implementation of and support for an infrastracture for automated Unix server installations
Hardware: Several data centers with large numbers of Sun and IBM Unix systems
Software: Sun Solaris JumpStart and IBM AIX NIM, Solaris and Veritas Volume Manager, Sybase ASE 12.0 and 12.5, Open Source Software: Apache web server, Perl5 (object oriented) with database and XML modules
Tasks: design and implementation of configuration database, workflow-driven process software with RDBMS-based configuration, setup and integration of install servers, intranet user interface with authentication, encryption, and persistent sessions (via RDBMS),
administrator und developer trainings (software management)
03/2001 - 06/2001
Demand assessment and study on iplementation alternatives for an infrastracture for automated Unix server installations, including system configuration and software deployment components
Hardware: Heterogeneous Unix environment
Tasks: Analysis of existing methods, business processes, and dependencies between development, production, and support units within the IT subsidiary of a large enterprise
Feasibility study and presentation of implementation alternatives
05/2002 - 12/2002
Extension of the DR solution implemented in 1999/2000
Hardware: Sun Fire 15K, QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter (PCI)
Software: Sun System Management Services 1.2
Tasks: Implementation of additional plug-in modules for the existing DR infrastructure: agents, reporting, automated communication with the SunFire 15K System Controller, extension of the configuration database
01/2001 - 08/2001
Support for the DR solution implemented in 1999/2000
Tasks: production support, administrator trainings
03/2000 - 12/2000
Extension and production support for the DR solution implemented in 1999
Software: Solaris 8, Sun Cluster 2.2, Sybase ASE 12, Perl5 with database and XML modules
Tasks: Design, implementation and integration of a configuration database of all hardware and software components, implementation and integration of agents for status analysis and tools for status reports and problem tracking
administrator and developer training
05/1999 - 11/1999
Design, implementation and testing of a disaster recovery solution for the investment banking branch of a major German bank, based on two data centers hosting Sun E10k servers
Hardware: 10 fully equipped Sun Ultra Enterprise 10000 and JayCor Fibre Channel Adapter (SBus), StorEdge A5x00, EMC Symmetrix Disk Arrays, Brocade Silkworm Fibre Channel Switches
Software: Solaris 2.5.1/2.6/7, Volume Manager 2.6/3.0, SSP 3.1/3.11, Perl 5.005 and PerlTK, Apache Web Server
Tasks: Implementation of a DR frameworks using object-oriented Perl, E10k domain and SSP management modules, setup of a central management machine, fibre channel boot disk farm with data cloning, intranet-based administrator interface
11/1998 - 03/1999
Configuration and integration of a trade system für securities, foreign exchange, fixed income and derivatives, at a regionally operating bank
Hardware: Sun UE3500 and UE450, workstations
Software: Solaris 2.6/7, StorEdge Volume Manager 2.6, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 11.5.1 and Replication Server 11.5, INTAS 2.1.5 (Front Capital Systems)
Tasks: reproducible deployment of all software and configuration components, definition of a management environment for operating system, database, and application, implementation of a semi-automated failover procedure with a hot standby system, definition of interfaces and procedures, backup, training
10/1997 - 09/1998
Design and implementation of technical infrastructure components for the foreign exchange/money markets branch of a major bank
Hardware: Sun SS 5,10,20, Ultra1, 2, SC1000/SS2000, Sun UE3x00,4x00,6x00
Software: Sun Solaris 2.5/2.5.1/2.6, C, Perl, Tcl/Tk, Reuters Triarch, Kondor+, Continuus/CM, Sybase ASE 11.0, 11.5
Tasks: Analysis and definition of procedures, selection and deployment of commercial and open source software, compliance, change management, software packaging and distribution, backup management, second level support for trading systems,
trainings for administrators and developers,
database configuration and operation, maintenance of a development environment (Sun C/C++, GNU tools, CORBA, Java, RogueWave), web server (Netscape Commerce Server, Apache), SMB connectivity (NT 4.0 client with Solaris server)
12/1995 - 07/1997
Migration of a complex Cobol application environment to Sun/Solaris
Hardware: Sun SS 5, SparcCenter 1000E, SSA/RAID
Software: Sun Solaris 2.5/2.5.1, Veritas/OpenVision Axxion-HA, Solstice Disk Suite, AcuCobol, Kermit
Tasks: systems integration, re-implementation of features unique to the decommissioned environment, integration of pc clients with terminal emulation for application access, integration of Novell servers, configuration of ISDN remote access, training and support for customer administrators and developers