Atlantica works in the design and construction of entrerprise-class infrastructures for high availability, disaster recovery and IT security.
The Cloud is transforming the concept of corporate IT infrastructure, which goes from a model that perceives IT as a cost center, to a model that sees infrastructure as a service to support the business. Through internet technologies, IT resources (applications, platforms and software) are available in a scalable way. Customers can manage them independently on a private network and pay them only on the basis of use, allowing companies to take advantage of innovative technologies without having to have dedicated IT infrastructures, with a consequent advantage in terms of cost and performance optimization; in summary, cloud computing allows you to get benefits:
Strategic: allowing the company to focus on the activities characterizing its core business and eliminating the risk component on technological choices.
Economic: by optimizing fixed costs, thanks to a minimization of the investment in unused infrastructure capacity, a significant decrease in dedicated staff and a modular pricing structure.
Technological: thanks to cutting-edge technologies that guarantee centralized end-to-end management and a high level of logical and physical data protection.
In the field of cloud computing, the Atlantica team has developed leading experience in the realization of relevant projects for companies of national importance in the telecommunications sector. Atlantica is able to accompany companies on their path towards digital innovation to encourage their growth and make them more competitive, collaborative and technological. And it does so by combining its traditional IT consultancy services, a range of technical services in line with the current technological context and state-of-the-art solutions capable of responding to the majority of needs. The experience in the management of the Data Center for customers of international relevance in the telecommunications field has allowed Atlantica to acquire a deep direct knowledge in the field of these technologies, which were first applied and implemented for internal uses of the customers, through a virtualization and consolidation program for IT infrastructures, and then launched on the market in an “as a service” logic. Cloud Computing technologies, in fact, allow data centers to manage a substantial amount of virtualized resources as if they were a single object, regardless of how they were implemented, how they are managed and where they reside. This allows the provision of a secure and flexible service that provides a set of computing, hardware, software and network infrastructures and resources, capable of hosting end-user applications and calculating the payment for the services provided based on actual consumption. A service that meets the demands of companies for reliability, complex processing capacities, increasingly lower risk margins, because it is characterized by high safety standards.
For many modern companies it is essential to provide IT services ensuring continuity. To do this, it is necessary to build High Availability solutions, also called clusters, where all the hardware components (server, hard disk, controller) are redundant in order to guarantee the functioning of the applications that provide services even in the presence of faults. It is also necessary to provide an appropriate clustering software that manages the faults by moving the services to working components. Atlantica Sistemi’s professional services are specialized in designing, installing and configuring High Availability solutions using the most reliable clustering products: Sun Cluster, Veritas Cluster Server, Oracle Clusterware and IBM PowerHA.
The consolidation of multiple heterogeneous application servers in a single hardware platform (x86, IBM Power and Oracle SPARC) takes place through the virtualization of operating systems and allows you to manage a single application or a single server reducing the proliferation of physical servers. In this way, business activities can be fully supported by limiting hardware costs and electricity consumption for powering and cooling the servers. Consolidating multiple applications on a few network servers reduces the complexity of IT infrastructures, allowing the provision of quality services with less economic resources and increasing the level of reliability of the company. Atlantica Sistemi proposes and develops customized solutions for consolidation through the use of the most advanced virtualization technologies.
Human errors, breakdowns, natural disasters can cause loss of data and infrastructure. The questions that a modern company must ask is how much data it is willing to lose and how long it can accept an interruption in IT services. Depending on the response, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability or Backup solutions will be implemented. Atlantica consultants are available to the customer to design and implement the most suitable solution for specific needs. In the case of Disaster Recovery, data replication solutions are proposed on remote sites. Replication can be both software (Veritas Volume Replicator) and hardware (Hitachi, Oracle Sun, IBM, EMC2). In the case of software replication, copying can be performed on heterogeneous storage. In the case of hardware replication, replication can only be performed on storage of the same brand that supports this function. In the case of Business Continuity, in addition to the provisions for Disaster Recovery, solutions based on geographical clusters (Oracle Sun and Symantec / Veritas) are proposed which, in the event of a disaster, allow the services to be restarted quickly on a secondary site.
Data stored in computer archives are often the most important resources of companies. Just a small breakdown or human error is enough to lose years of work. It is therefore necessary to implement adequate policies for their protection and conservation. Atlantica’s professional services design and implement backup solutions by integrating Server, Storage, Tape Library, TAN (Tape Area Network), backup LAN and virtual environments with market-leading backup products, such as: Symantec NetBackup, Backup Exec, IBM TSM (Tivoli Storage Manager), EMC2 Networker. Atlantica Sistemi provides solutions capable of safeguarding and protecting data in both Departmental and Enterprise environments.
The information that a company is managing to acquire, day after day, becomes increasingly strategic, leading to the need for a new and better solution for data management. In an environment where data grows exponentially, the architecture adopted for storage must also be flexible, efficient and reliable. The best solution to manage data in these terms is to define a Storage Area Network. Atlantica’s experts are able to build the most suitable solutions to customer needs by designing medium and high complexity storage architectures, considering all the peculiar aspects relating to robustness, performance and reliability.
Virtualization means the creation of a virtual version of a physical resource normally made up of hardware or software. Any hardware or software resource can be virtualized: operating systems, servers, memory, disk space and subsystems. Virtualization allows you to reduce the complexity of IT systems and make the most of computational resources by increasing the company’s business agility and lowering energy consumption. Atlantica Sistemi offers solutions for the virtualization of Data Centers on the “x86? Platform (VMware, KVM, Citrix) and proprietary Oracle and IBM through the tools offered by the vendors (domains, zones, logical domains), boasting important references relating to virtualization projects in Rome and Milan. Software solutions (Symantec Volume Manager, Oracle Solaris Volume Manager) and hardware solutions from the main vendors (Hitachi, Oracle, IBM) are provided for storage virtualization.
Directory servers are data repositories that allow you to consolidate and centralize information often distributed across various corporate databases. They are basically databases optimized for fast access to rarely modified data through relatively simple queries. Examples of data that can be advantageously centralized are the authentication system passwords, address books, application configurations, operating system configurations (name services) and in any case all the data that must be shared between multiple clients (human operators or servers) with access extremely fast. Our professional services are specialized in installing and configuring Directory Servers based on the LDAP protocol (OpenLDAP or Sun Java System Directory Server) which is a universally accepted standard and used by an increasing number of applications. Our experts are able to analyze and propose customized projects according to the customer’s needs and specific reality. Our account managers are at your disposal for clarifications and information.
HSM & TIME STAMPING
Atlantica has many years of experience in creating advanced security solutions based on the use of cryptographic devices. By using the so-called HSM (Hardware Security Module) it is possible to ensure the correct storage of cryptographic keys, and consequently, of sensitive data and information that have been protected with these keys; a typical example is the projects for selective encryption of company databases. The implementation of digital signature solutions guarantees the authenticity and non-repudiation of electronic documents. The addition of Time Stamping architectures for time stamping also allows the validity and temporal certification of documents, also for legal purposes. The solutions offered guarantee adequate levels of safety, excellent performance, transparency for the end user and compliance with the standards and applicable laws in force.