PKA and HPE Deliver Enterprise-Class Data Center Solutions for Zethcon


SUFFERN, N.Y. — April 27, 2016 — PKA Technologies is pleased to announce the successful completion of a data center assessment, architecture and upgrade project for Chicago-based Zethcon Corp. ( The implemented solution, based upon Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) products, provides a more reliable and resilient infrastructure for hosting Zethcon’s Synapse warehouse management software. Working in concert with local HPE engineers, PKA delivered a solution that enables Zethcon to meet stringent SLAs and scale its IT environment to support its continued growth.

Chris Oechsel, CEO of Zethcon, had met Peter Katz, CTO of PKA, many years earlier through a mutual customer. Remembering that Katz is an experienced enterprise architect, Oechsel asked him for help in designing and implementing an environment that would meet the high availability requirements of Zethcon’s clients.

“Zethcon needed to make some technology upgrades as its hosting service moved into a new phase requiring a higher level of uptime,” said Katz. “Chris was looking for guidance in determining what technologies to invest in and how to design the environment. Together, PKA and HPE developed the blueprint and deployed a tier-1, enterprise-class solution.”

“Peter and the folks from HPE here in Chicago came in and educated us. They helped us understand why we needed to rethink our systems environment from the ground up,” Oechsel said. “Our customers are logistics and warehousing service providers, many of whom operate 24×7. We needed a platform that could deliver the performance, stability and redundancy those customers need and demand.”

Zethcon’s data center is now built upon HPE C7000 blade enclosures, capable of hosting up to 16 HPE ProLiant BL460c Xeon Gen9 servers. In addition, an HPE 3PAR 8400-series four-node storage array creates a high-performance, ultrareliable, highly redundant storage-area network.

“About seven years ago, some of our customers began asking us to provide our warehouse management application as a software-as-a-service solution. Our revenues in that area have been growing 20 percent annually for the past five years, and now more than half of our customers are using the hosted software,” said Oechsel. “PKA and HPE designed an environment that leveraged some of our existing investments while creating a solution that can scale as large as we need. Thanks to their efforts, we now have an infrastructure that rivals the large hosting providers in terms of reliability and scalability.”


About PKA Technologies

PKA Technologies, Inc. (, a certified (W/BE) woman-owned business enterprise and HPE Platinum Partner, has been supplying IT products and services since 1996. Fortune 500 companies, small to midsize businesses, and state and local government agencies turn to PKA for next-generation servers, storage, networks and other enterprise-class technologies. PKA has forged strong alliances with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel and other industry leaders, and is committed to the highest levels of customer service and their clients’ success.