Australia’s largest non-bank business lender selected Dancerace to provide the core operating system for their working capital products. There was just one catch: for compliance reasons, all data would need to stay within Australia. Meridian IT helped Dancerace find a solution by launching a new platform in the IBM Cloud, hosted in IBM’s Sydney data centre.
With the new IBM Cloud environment, Dancerace can give its new client the guarantees they need that their data will be stored and managed in-country, enabling the company to onboard a major new account.
Moreover, the IBM Cloud solution opens up opportunities for Dancerace to market to other Australian businesses, at a time when data sovereignty is becoming an increasingly urgent and regulated concern for lenders.
Crucially, Meridian IT has designed the new platform to be scalable and flexible, so Dancerace can expand it on demand as its Australian business continues to grow. Since all the components of the solution are based on industry standards, it will be easy to migrate to another public or private cloud platform if necessary.
When we met Meridian, they very quickly understood that we need to build resilience into everything we do and shared our values for support and quality of service.
Chief Executive Officer
Together, the Dancerace and Meridian IT teams evaluated options for an in-country environment that could meet the new client’s compliance requirements. At that time, most states were in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and data centres had tight restrictions on physical access—so setting up a private cloud environment like the Meridian Power Cloud wasn’t viable.
Instead, Meridian proposed migrating to a public cloud platform that could host Dancerace’s core IBM i applications at a regional data centre in Australia. The best choice was IBM Cloud, due to its superior support for IBM i environments and multicloud integration capabilities, which would make it easier to interact with other Dancerace applications running on Amazon Web Services.
Using industry-standard tools to ensure that the new environment would be portable to any cloud, the Meridian IT team built a platform that closely mirrored the configuration of the Dancerace systems running in the UK. The only exception was the high availability setup, which needed to be configured specifically for the IBM Cloud.
Meridian IT keeps our infrastructure smart and sustainable, so we can maintain our 100% focus on building great software that makes our customers happy.
Chief Executive Officer
Since 1992, Dancerace has provided clients worldwide with state-of-the-art solutions for asset-based lending, receivables, and factoring. As a perpetual innovator, Dancerace was quick to adopt cloud computing and was one of the first companies in its sector to offer a software-as-a-service model.
To make this new model work, Dancerace knew it needed a rock-solid cloud platform and a partner that could manage it reliably 24/7/365. This would free the company to concentrate on product development, rather than worrying about infrastructure. That’s why Dancerace came to Meridian IT.
Meridian IT helped Dancerace rationalise its IBM i landscape and consolidate to a much smaller number of logical partitions (LPARs), which it migrated to a high-availability environment in the Meridian Power Cloud. The Meridian team then took responsibility for managing the infrastructure, as well as providing backup and comms services for Dancerace in the UK.
In particular, Dancerace has been expanding in the Asia-Pacific region, and when a large Australian company made contact, it was eager to help. However, to meet specific compliance requirements, this new client stipulated that all its data had to be hosted within Australia.