Fast-growing Japanese online trading firm kabu.com Securities is to deploy Unisys' 32-processor e-@ction Enterprise Server ES7000 to host key customer and financial data.
The ES7000 server will power kabu.com's central account management database, tracking, processing and storing critical trading and balance information for more than 70,000 registered users. Investors will have continuous access to the database to research stock quotes, investor information and financial positions before placing daily trade orders.
The trading firm realised a need to upgrade its day-to-day trade management platform, following its recent merger with Nihon On-Line Securities and e-Wing Securities, which nearly doubled kabu.com's customer base and more than quadrupled its sales volume.
Masakatsu Saito, corporate officer, application development at kabu.com, says: "On the sixth day after the merger, the number of users accessing and logging on to our Web site increased ten-fold. When we exceeded our transaction limit level and were forced to shoulder customer complaints, we knew that only a highly available, large I/O capacity solution like the ES7000 server could allow us to absorb the increase in traffic and continue trading."
He says that during testing, the ES7000 server was able to satisfy Kabu.com's transaction processing requirements, while using only 40 per cent of the server's capacity.
The 32-processor Unisys ES7000 will be running Windows 2000 Datacenter Server and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, and clustered with Microsoft Cluster Server, on each of its 16-processor partitions. One partition will host customer profile information and the other will manage financial transaction data.