Infosys has been a strong advocate of Hitachi Vantara storage solutions for more than two decades, especially for the large systems of record that the company considers its “crown jewels”.
“We always align our technology refreshes with Hitachi’s roadmap and release cycle,” says Vadiraj Adiga. “That means we always have access to the very latest technology, and it also maximizes the lifespan of our investments before they reach end-of-support.”
So, when the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5600 reached the market, Infosys was immediately eager to upgrade. The high-density 30TB NVMe drives in the VSP 5600 would enable it to consolidate rack space in its data centers, while also promising significantly better performance for all types of application workloads.
As part of the upgrade, Infosys also implemented Hitachi Ops Center Administrator to streamline storage provisioning as part of its toolkit for continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). Meanwhile, Hitachi Ops Center Analyzer is used to monitor and troubleshoot performance issues.
“Hitachi Ops Center Analyzer is a great tool for performance analysis,” says Vadiraj Adiga. “The only issue is that the VSP 5600 is so fast, we don’t have any bottlenecks! Before, we spent a lot of time using performance tools to optimize our storage landscape. Now, we don’t have to.”
In addition to the business-critical systems running on the VSP 5600, Infosys also runs SAP solutions on multiple Hitachi Unified Compute Platform CI integrated systems. “When we originally migrated to SAP HANA in 2014, I believe it was the largest single-instance database in the world,” says Vadiraj Adiga. “And when we subsequently upgraded to SAP S/4HANA, our resource requirements increased yet again. The latest generation of Hitachi UCP CI integrated systems give us 12TB of capacity, which ensures our SAP applications have the headroom for future growth.”
Finally, Infosys also uses Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) to manage a host of network attached storage (NAS) systems for file and document archiving. “HCP gives us a very flexible way to standardize our storage network and reduce maintenance costs,” says Vadiraj Adiga. “It has been such a success for archival that we are now considering other use cases, such as using it to build an S3-compatible object storage platform.”