CU*Answers, the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based cooperative CUSO, has begun the staging process for deployment of two new IBM mainframes, the foundation of their online data processing tool suite utilized by more than 180 credit unions nationally. During the project, CUSO technical teams will be migrating the production workload to a new POWER9 server at their Kentwood, Michigan data center, and simultaneously replacing the high availability server in Yankton, South Dakota with an equivalent POWER9.

Scott Collins, EVP of National Sales and Marketplace Relationships for the CUSO said: “Our team has been working together with IBM and our business partners to put an effective plan in place to roll in the new servers, and the project officially kicked off this week when we received our new servers. The teams will be working hard over the next several weeks to get ready for the final cutover to the POWER9 units in October. We are proud of our track record for non-disruptive technology deployments, and we look forward to a smooth transition that positions us for the product and client growth we expect during the next several years.”

Collins noted that the high availability POWER9 server would once again be installed at the data center of their sister CUSO, Yankton, SD-based Site-Four.