An environmental ministry recycles disparate systems for an IBM cloud solution

Achieving costs savings with an infrastructure redesign from IBM Global Technology Services

Published on 02-Apr-2013

"Our ministry is honored to be cooperating with IBM on this project … We strongly believe that [the] IBM Cloud solution would lay a solid foundation for us to deploy the national natural resources and environment database program successfully." - Director of IT, a ministry of natural resources and environment

Customer:
An environmental ministry

Industry:
Government

Overview

A ministry of natural resources and environment, established in the early 2000’s in Southeast Asia, manages national climate-change initiatives, provincial-level environmental projects and the country’s breadth of natural resources. The ministry comprises 24 units, including eight departments and a range of related agencies.

Business need:
Burdened by a cache of stand-alone systems, a natural resources and environment ministry sought a single IT infrastructure for more effective information management.

Solution:
IBM® Global Technology Services® designed and deployed a scalable, private cloud solution to meet the ministry’s IT requirements, improve operations and purge surplus systems.

Benefits:
The flexible, private cloud environment enhances self-service capabilities, simplifies administration and optimizes the ministry’s resources while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).

Case Study

A ministry of natural resources and environment, established in the early 2000’s in Southeast Asia, manages national climate-change initiatives, provincial-level environmental projects and the country’s breadth of natural resources. The ministry comprises 24 units, including eight departments and a range of related agencies.

Challenge

Since its inception, the ministry of natural resources and environment has experienced increasing challenges in its IT infrastructure. To support its numerous departments, the ministry implemented several isolated servers and storage devices. Unfortunately, this setup created fragmented business data and left many server and storage resources underused. As a result, the ministry faced excessive operational costs and could not respond quickly to spikes in demand. As part of its five-year strategic goal, the ministry sought a flexible, scalable infrastructure platform to integrate and manage data about its country’s land, water, mineral, environmental, meteorological, hygrometry and oceanography resources. The organization sought a strategic IT services provider to design and implement a transformation project that could improve hardware use, unify resource management and offer a self-service, virtualized infrastructure.

Solution

To establish the envisioned infrastructure, the ministry of natural resources and environment relied on the expertise of IBM Global Technology Services – Integrated Technology Services to design and implement a private cloud environment. After a thorough analysis of its requirements, an IBM IT strategy and design services team engineered a private cloud environment using an IBM BladeCenter® H Chassis housing four IBM BladeCenter HS22V blade servers running the VMware virtualization platform, an IBM System Storage® DS3400 disk system and the IBM WebSphere® CloudBurst® appliance, now known as the IBM Workload Deployer appliance. The deployment included installation, configuration, testing and integration of the ministry’s private cloud solution as well as staff training to facilitate a smooth transition. The high-performance, scalable cloud technology supports a wide range of system requirements, including provincial natural resources and environment websites; land, water and mineral databases; and meteorological, hygrometry and oceanography resources. Using the new virtualization capabilities, the ministry can quickly create application environments for all of its departments and can securely deploy and manage them in its private cloud.

Benefits
● Offers a high degree of integration, flexibility and resource optimization and responds with agility to spikes in demand
● Provides an enhanced self-service and request-driven user experience with a dynamic, scalable infrastructure for numerous departments
● Optimizes resources and simplifies administration to help reduce the ministry’s total cost of ownership (TCO)

For more information

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Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Service:
GTS ITS IT Strategy & Design: Infra Strategy & Design Cloud

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