The city of Miami. until recently, ran Miami's 911 system on a mainframe, is now migrated to Microsoft techonlogies SQL Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 R2 on MIPS. The new system is saving the city an estimated $900,000 a year that they would have spent maintaining their mainframe."
"Now, when someone dials 911 in Miami, emergency personnel are dispatched from the system's Windows Server. Data from the system is stored in a SQL Server database." Steuart points out that when it comes to mission-critical systems, a 911 system pretty much trumps anything else: "You can' just go back and redo a 911 call. There're literally lives at stake. It's not like they're doing thousands of transactions a second. They're doing a couple hundred a day. But each one has to happen."
The migration was performed by Idea Integration with help from Duffell's Micro Focus team and Micro Focus' mainframe app migration solutions. The city was even able to retain its Computer-Aided Dispatch app, meaning dispatchers didn't require training for a new system — the screens and controls were all same. And he says, the economics are clear: Enterprise customers must look at migrating from mainframes to servers for loads under roughly 3,000 MIPS.