As part of the process to modernize the State in France, a number of new initiatives are under way at local government level, especially in the fields of education, social solidarity, culture and the arts, highways infrastructure, sustainable development and protecting water quality.
At the Council serving the French department of Haut-Rhin, over 2,400 civil servants work in more than 150 different types of mission to deliver services and actions to its citizens and business partners.
The challenge: to store and keep secure a burgeoning amount of data…
These new initiatives involve implementing innovative projects which make use of new technologies to computerize business processes, promote on-line services, develop multimedia solutions and at the same time respond to legal and regulatory constraints. All this means that the amount of data to processed and stored is exploding, leading a continued, massive expansion of storage infrastructures.
Against this backdrop, the Council’s initial goal was to ensure that its data storage, back-up and restoration were reliable, to make them easier to administer, to manage the risks of intervention on the existing infrastructure, and finally to anticipate the expected increase in the amount of data to be managed and other new requirements over a two-year period.
Intelligent storage, with Bull StoreWay
Bull has helped the Council with this project, drawing both on its expertise as an integrator of complex technologies and its partnership with NetApp. Bull is one of the only integrators with NetApp ‘Star Partner’ certification en France (the company’s highest level of certification). The proposed solution features two NetApp storage bays, one with primary storage capacity of 25TB replicated on a 23TB secondary storage facility via Serial ATA, using NetApp’s SnapMirror solution in asynchronous mode.
Overall, the project will allow the Council to optimize its storage resources, unify the data protection processes for its production servers (thanks to the Snapshot technology), optimize data flows and make the systems administration of these new resources much easier. What is more, the openness and flexibility of the new solution will enable the Council to align its storage with its business needs for many years to come, in terms of data quantities, performance and protocols.