Published on 03-Jun-2013
"The XIV system offers high performance and full storage virtualization for a relatively low price per TB. What’s more, you get all of the powerful management tools included as standard, rather than needing to pay extra for them." - Hervé Cebulski, IT Manager, The Rhône-Alpes Region
The Rhône-Alpes Region
Business Resiliency, High Availability , Managing Risk
IBM Business Partner:
Rhône-Alpes is one of the 26 Regions in France, located in the east of the country and sharing borders with Switzerland and Italy. The public administration for the Region is responsible for providing a broad range of services, including transport, education and economic assistance, to its six million inhabitants. In 2011, the Rhône-Alpes administration had a budget of €2.4 billion and employed approximately 6,600 people across the region.
Facing capacity and performance issues on its existing data storage infrastructure, the public administration of the Rhône-Alpes Region decided to migrate to new technology at the same time as moving to a new location. The organization needed cost-effective, high-performance disk storage with a simple and non-disruptive migration path. It also wanted to minimize storage administration tasks.
The Rhône-Alpes Region worked with IBM® Business Partner INETD to deploy two IBM XIV® Storage System solutions in separate machine rooms in the same building, mirrored using the built-in synchronous and asynchronous replication function on the XIV systems.
Fast migration with minimum disruption, thanks to careful planning by INETD and the built-in XIV data migration tools; reliable, scalable, high-performance disk storage has dramatically reduced the time spent on storage administration; use of cloning on XIV has accelerated backups and reduced risk.
The Rhône-Alpes Region worked with IBM Business Partner INETD to deploy IBM XIV Storage System solutions in separate machine rooms in the same building, mirrored using the built-in synchronous and asynchronous replication function on the XIV systems.
RRA & INETD Client Reference Video
Joachim Sayegh, Regional Manager, INETD: The storage system of the region was getting outdated, which could lead to potential issues in the future. There were problems with capacity and performance. Storage management, in particular, was very time-consuming.
Philippe Dubost, Director of Information, Region Rhône-Alpes: Our goals regarding storage renewal were twofold. First we needed to review the infrastructure, which was obsolete, and we were reaching maximum capacity…
Hervé Cebulski, IT Manager, Region Rhône-Alpes: We decided to combine this change of infrastructure with problem-solving when the Rhône-Alpes headquarters had to move.
SAYEGH: We help our clients solve two main issues. First, the availability of the information system, and second, the protection and retrieval of IT assets.
JOEL DUMAIL: The solution suggested by INETD for the Rhône-Alpes region was supported by IBM equipment. Fiber switches to replace the SAN, two IBM XIV Storage Systems for primary storage in order to host production data and applications, and finally an IBM System Storage DS3500 as secondary storage, for backup.
DUMAIL: It guarantees a high availability, high performance, and a very simple management.
CEBULSKI: We were particularly impressed by the method offered by INETD, combined with internal migration tools from the XIV rack, which provided a smooth transition when we moved to our new site.
DUMAIL: We first installed a rack on the Charbonnière site. We launched the migration of existing data onto these racks.
Once all the data was secure on the new rack, this data was replicated through the inter-site link between Charbonnière and Confluence.
DUMAIL: This way, we were sure no data would be lost, by eliminating the risk of an accident during transfer.
CEBULSKI: The IBM XIV solution is known to be robust. We unwillingly tested this resilience during a fire.
It started in one of the two rooms and caused the loss of nearly half the disks in the array, but in spite of everything, there was no impact on the production of our information system.
DUBOST: A real awareness and trust were established, and challenges were handled jointly for the duration of the project.
CEBULSKI: We were very pleased with the partnership between IBM and INETD throughout the project. We appreciated having them on our side and their responsiveness.
DUBOST: The INETD and IBM solution won us over because it met our goals in an innovative environment. The IBM solution, as we perceived it, was totally innovative. It relieved us of some of our operational limitations, allowing us to utilize a relevant evolutionary approach, at a reasonable cost in terms of return on investments.
Products and services used
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
Storage: DS3500 Express, Storage: XIV
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