IBM Systems, the computer major, announced that Pierce County, one of the largest counties in Washington, has implemented an IBM systems infrastructure to support a new enterprise GIS solution for the community’s 700,000 residents and 35 agencies. The new technology consolidated infrastructure — which will help increase the County’s system capacity and lower the technology costs — is designed to allow the County to provide its residents key information such as neighborhood crime statistics, resident polling locations, property tax research, and surveying reports, on demand.
Pierce County’s GIS department is responsible for designing and maintaining geographic data information for the entire county. Before undergoing the consolidation project, Pierce County was running its GIS software on HP and Sun Microsystems servers, connected to EMC storage. By teaming with IBM and Business Partner ESRI, Pierce County was able to create an information on demand infrastructure running ESRI mission critical applications that is anticipated to help save the County up to $3 million on technology and maintenance costs.
The IBM infrastructure is made up of an IBM TotalStorage Ultrium Scalable Tape Library connected to a 6 terabyte IBM TotalStorage DS4500 storage server that backs up various GIS applications. Four IBM eServer xSeries servers, which are critical for database serving and run ESRI ArcSDE and help with storage management, and four IBM eServer BladeCenter HS20s make up the infrastructure. The system runs ESRI ArcGIS 9.0 software products including, ArcIMS and ArcView. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager is being used for back-up.