New IBM Server Platform Positions CUSO for Future Growth

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (July 24, 2013) — CU*Answers, Inc., a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based cooperative CUSO, announced that its technical team had completed a migration of its entire online user base to the latest IBM POWER® server technology.  The migration, which consisted of deploying both a new production server in their Grand Rapids, MI data center and a high availability backup server in their Muskegon, MI data center, was tested and completed over the period of several weeks without disrupting any production cycles.

Scott Collins, the CU*Answers Vice President that manages the IBM relationship, noted, “Our technical team really earned their keep performing this latest technology swap.  Since our team has executed several similar projects over the past decade for not only our SaaS production environment, but also several of our self-processing credit unions, we were confident that the project would be completed in a timely, non-disruptive manner.  It took a lot of hard work by a skilled team to pull it off, and we could not be happier with the team’s execution and the performance of our new IBM mainframe.”

Collins reported that the CUSO migrated to IBM’s POWER7 processing backbone running the IBMi operating system.  “We were excited to move to this new IBM platform for its performance boost and the reliability we have always had from our IBM core servers,” said Collins, “and its ability to grow along with us positions our CUSO well for the future.  And since our IBMi allows us to activate capacity bursts a day at a time if we ever need it, we are able to manage our operations cost effectively as demand for our CU*BASE® suite continues to grow.”

About CU*Answers, Inc.
CU*Answers offers expertise in implementing technical solutions to operational needs, and is a leader in helping credit unions form strategic alliances and partnerships. CU*Answers provides a wide variety of services for credit unions including its flagship CU*BASE® processing system (online and in-house) and Internet development services featuring It’s Me 247 online and mobile banking. Additional services include web development, network design and security, and image check processing. Founded 40+ years ago, CU*Answers is a 100% credit union-owned CUSO providing services to credit unions representing nearly 1.5 million members and $12.6 billion in credit union assets. For more information, visit

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