BACKGROUND: GATX Logistics, based in Jacksonville, Florida., is a subsidiary of GATX Corporation, which provides more than $6 billion worth of service- enhanced assets used primarily to help large companies transport, store or distribute their products and information. The company services a diversity of industries, ranging from consumer to business-to-business operations.

PLATFORMS: GATX Logistics, Inc. currently employs ten IBM Netfinity 7000 servers running either Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or handling a Citrix WinFrame application. The Windows NT servers support client/server applications and the IBM AS/400 drives the logistics application through IBM's 5250 terminal emulation. IBM's Netfinity Manager software remotely manages the servers, while IBM's Clustering Solution, Vinca, provides mirrored client/server application databases. The Windows NT environment is supported by two 4.51GB mirrored drives and the clustered application databases utilize three 18.2GB hard drives in a RAID 5 configuration for full application support. In addition, there is one 18.2GB hard drive as a hot standby.

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