Case Studies


Stomasys & VMware Project

Southern Milling is the largest milling company in the south of Ireland. A specialist milling company which produces high performance compound Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Pig and Poultry feeds, at its manufacturing plant’s in Cork. Southern Milling has 5 sites located across Ireland with Sales Reps based across the Republic of Ireland.
They have been running an ERP system on an Alpha 1000 for the past 25 Years. The company were very happy with the ERP software system which has been constantly upgraded over the years to exactly meet Southern Milling business needs.
and staff were very comfortable with the ERP system so no training required.

Pain Points


  • Ageing Hardware where parts were becoming difficult to source. For the Alpha Server 1000
  • System Outages due to the Old Hardware.
  • No redundancy
  • New ERP System would result in retraining of staff.
  • Lack of expertise in the DEC Hardware.
  • Speed Issue’s.
  • Reporting took up to 4.5 hours.
  • Reboots meant systems were unavailable for about an hour.
  • High availability was not achievable. 

Charon Solutions

  • The systems now run on a Hyper-V environment.
  • No need to train staff as they are utilising the same systems.
  • Reports that took 4.5 hours were reduced to 10 minutes.
  • The system now resides in a virtual infrastructure which allows for easy maintenance and High Availability.
  • Redundancy in new environment
  • Reboots now take up to 15 minutes.
  • Ability to failover machines.
  • Remote access to the system through their windows laptops. 


Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI) is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of a broad portfolio of high performance Analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits (ICs) used in virtually all types of electronic equipment.
Used by over 100,000 customers worldwide, their signal processing products play a fundamental role in converting, conditioning, and processing real-world phenomena such as temperature, pressure, sound, light, speed, and motion into electrical signals to be used in a wide array of electronic devices.

Pain Points

  • Analog had several Vax Station 4000 Model 60 that was used for the design of their Wafer tablets.
  • Ageing Hardware that parts were becoming difficult to source.
  • Expensive Maintenance contracts on the systems.
  • System Outages due to Old Hardware.
  • Single disk for system and application
  • A system online was required for historic information.
  • Speed Issue’s.
  • Lack of redundancy and prone to failure. 

Charon Solution

  • The systems now run on a VMware environment.
  • No maintenance costs on old hardware, just licensing costs.
  • Ability to failover system for maintenance.
  • Ability to include the system in their Windows Backups.
  • Total redundancy possible
  • Reduced maintenance costs overall
  • Expenditure on software systems in use continues to deliver ROI

FMC Hyper-V Implementation Project
FMC approached Westbourne IT Systems with a request for design and implementation services for their new Virtual Infrastructure based on Microsoft’s Hyper-V technology. This project covered both new server requirements and for the replacement of old and out of warrantee servers. The Project was fixed price and fixed cost, and was delivered on time and on budget.


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