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Bull at the heart of a more powerful and cost-effective Chorus

Posted on 23 April 2013 by Pierre Picard

When the role of an information system is to manage all State expenditure, non-tax receipts and accounting functions, it has to work. Unfailingly.

This is the challenge that faces Chorus, the French government’s financial information system, which not only has to process all the information flows relating to management operations – day in, day out – but also controls and oversees all financial activities.

To do this, Chorus requires an extremely powerful infrastructure to guarantee the service levels needed by its 54,000 current users, deal with peak workloads of over 12,000 connections a day and manage more than a million inputs and outputs a year.

Originally built by Bull and implemented between 2007 and 2009, the platform that today manages over 180 Terabytes of data is constantly being optimized, and has given rise to a huge program aimed at evolving its architecture: a new and important chapter in the story of Chorus.

Bull, who has established a consortium with Accenture, has once again been chosen by the French State financial information technology agency, AIFE, to be one of the organizations involved in implementations related to the new direction for the system: innovative hardware and software technologies; the introduction of virtualization technologies; fewer but more powerful and energy-efficient servers (with a reduction from 1,000 to less than 100 physical machines, each consuming less that 200 kWh compared with over 300); storage consolidation; ramping up of the back-up site; and a cut in the number of hosting sites from three down to two.

The aims of this project are to secure management activities, cut the cost of running and operating the system, boost the performance of transaction restitutions and cope better with peaks in workloading.

AIFE’s goal is to carry on responding in an optimum way to its service delivery commitments to its user base.

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