SOURCE: UC4 Software Inc.

August 19, 2008 06:00 ET

IT Growth Under Control Thanks to UC4

Kommunale Datenverarbeitungszentrale Rhein-Erft-Rur (kdvz) Controls Client-Server Systems With UC4 Workload Automation Suite

VIENNA, AUSTRIA--(Marketwire - August 19, 2008) - UC4 Software, a leading global provider of workload automation, job scheduling and IT process optimization solutions, today announced that Kommunale Datenverarbeitungszentrale Rhein-Erft-Rur (kdvz) has selected UC4 Workload Automation Suite to centralize management and to control of cross-platform batch processing.

"For us, as a data processing center, UC4 Workload Automation Suite offers the possibility to establish a high level of automation within a very complex infrastructure. This means less workload for our employees while raising the quality level of our service," said Christian Mueller, project leader at kdvz.

Based in Frechen near Cologne, kdvz is an IT service provider for 37 local governments and runs the fourth biggest data processing center in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Currently kdvz runs more than 100 servers with different operating systems (Windows, Linux, UNIX, Netware). Process automation is not an alien word at kdvz. The data center has accumulated decades of experience and in-depth knowledge, especially in mainframe environments. The declining use of mainframe systems and rise of new client/server applications and corresponding growth in the number of jobs have dramatically increased the need for process automation in the kdvz client/server environment. The distribution of workload across multiple servers meant that manual scheduling and control was not possible -- there just wasn't time enough.

kdvz needed to find a way to control their processing activities more efficiently and selected UC4 having evaluated available solutions. In addition to providing centralized job scheduling, UC4 Workload Automation Suite allows kdvz to control dependencies, automate file transfers and output management processing. Minimizing the manpower to handle jobs, taking care of housekeeping, backup/recovery and system administration tasks supports kdvz in raising the quality of service it delivers to its local governments. With UC4 Workload Automation Suite, kdvz is centralizing the management of its decentralized infrastructure. Currently, there are more than 150,000 jobs running per year. With a constant increase in IT processes, the number of jobs is also expected to grow.

When building up the infrastructure, special consideration has been taken to ensure a highly reliable platform because job scheduling is a central system component. "Using UC4 Workload Automation Suite we could significantly raise the productivity, which was absolutely necessary due to the increasing number of processes and jobs," said Christian Mueller, summing up the successful project implementation.

About kdvz

The Kommunale Datenverarbeitungszentrale (kdvz) Rhein-Erft-Rur based in Frechen near Cologne is an IT-service provider for 37 local governments and runs the fourth biggest data processing center in North Rhine-Westphalia. Members of the administration union are the local authorities Düren, Euskirchen and Rhein-Erft-Kreis and 34 cities and communities from these administration units. kdvz is a full-service-provider offering networking and data center capacities, procures and installs IT-components and realizes Internet presence. The administration unit employs 110 people, was founded 1966 as a BGB-community and exists in its current state since 1978. For additional information please visit

About UC4 Software

UC4 Software is a leading global provider of workload automation, job scheduling and IT process optimization solutions that ensure core business processes and enterprise information systems run faster, more accurately and without interruption. More than 1,600 companies worldwide have successfully enhanced application processing performance and improved IT efficiency using UC4's business acceleration solutions. Customers include American Suzuki Motor Corporation, Cadbury, eBay, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Mattel, McGraw Hill, Panasonic, Robert Bosch, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, T-Systems and Verizon.

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