Cloud storage enables Beijing bureau to support varied data stores

Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance is a functional department of Beijing Municipal Government that manages financial revenue and expenditure, implements financial supervision and participates in regulating the national economy in Beijing.

As the information systems development of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance became increasingly important, it opted to reconstruct its data center. The bureau required a highly scalable and sustainable unified cloud storage platform to store both structured and unstructured data. In its search, the bureau found that Hitachi Data Systems offered a unified cloud storage solution that fit its needs.

As an important government department, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance is responsible for medium- and long-term financial analysis and planning as well as financial revenue and expenditure management for specific areas. It also prepares the financial revenue allocation plan, managing non-tax government revenue, and supervises and inspects the execution of financial and tax regulations and policies.

Project Background

The major business system in the original production center of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance included several IBM pSeries servers and IBM DS8100 storage. The unstructured data, such as the office, training and video data, was stored in NetApp storage. No remote backup was implemented for this core data.

Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance required a unified cloud storage platform for both structured and unstructured data, as well as a unified disaster recovery platform for backup.

The new storage platform needed to be built into a high-performance, highly scalable and advanced architecture, which could be managed in a unified way to adapt to structured and unstructured data storage and business growth.

In the data center storage and disaster recovery reconstruction project in 2011, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance selected the unified solution from HDS. By combining Hitachi storage virtualization with its content management platform, the solution was able to meet all requirements of the users, and provided a sustainable storage and disaster recovery platform.

Easy-to-manage, Easy-to-upgrade Solution

To meet the bureau’s business and unified management requirements, Hitachi Data Systems proposed a centralized, easy-to-manage and easy-to-upgrade cloud storage system. The HDS solution utilized 1 Hitachi Universal Storage Platform (USP) V. USP V would provide high-performance storage to build the  virtualized storage pool.

Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS) 3080, powered by BlueArc, was implemented as unstructured content cloud data gateway, thus creating a unified storage platform. Critical data, such as office documents, images and email attachments of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance needed large-capacity high-speed storage. This solution employed the high-performance, highly scalable HNAS 3080 to process this data and deployed unstructured data to the underlying USP V system.

Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance undertakes very important tasks, so business continuity must be guaranteed. The solution built a unified disaster recovery platform and system for Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance based on USP V for the production storage and USP VM for the disaster recovery storage, ensuring long-term business continuity

Project Objectives

HDS helped the bureau build a unified storage platform for the many existing business systems in Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance.

The HDS solution utilized HNAS 3080 and a high-performance USP V to build a virtualized storage pool to meet the business and unified management requirements. As a result, a unified storage platform was created.