The upgrades and improvements to K&H Bank infrastructure allowed staff to rework data loading processes, so business figures are now available in the bank’s data warehouse much faster. Gáti says: “Previously, our data analysts always had to wait two days before new business figures became available in our data warehouse. With the Hitachi solution, we reduced this to one day. This has enabled faster data analysis, helping us to make better decisions and respond more quickly to market trends.”
K&H Bank has also changed its backup and recovery processes to take advantage of the snapshot technology. Gáti elaborates: “By using the snapshot feature of the Hitachi VSP G1000, we cut recovery times by 50%, from 30 hours to 15 hours. The faster backup and recovery process makes it much easier to meet our recovery time objectives.”
In addition, K&H Bank also leverages the snapshot feature to provision test and development systems much more quickly than before. Today, developers can start using a new instance the same day they request it, a possibility that did not exist in the past.
The bank is also highly satisfied with its new storage management capabilities, including those provided by Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System and Hitachi Command Suite. The user interface for storage administrators is very easy to use, streamlining system management and boosting staff productivity.
A key feature of VSP G1000 is how easy it is to scale and adapt, providing K&H Bank the opportunity to use faster disks or more cost-effective options, depending on their needs. K&H Bank has been so impressed by the performance, support and total cost of ownership of the Hitachi solution, that it has subsequently acquired two more VSP G1000 systems. Plus, K&H Bank is now planning to deploy Hitachi Accelerated Flash to boost performance for the most demanding workloads, such as those from its all-important database systems. The Hitachi flash technology features integrated high-speed data compression, which will enable the bank to use the additional capacity even more effectively.
Gáti concludes: “The Hitachi solution helps us provide better services to our staff and our customers. Looking to the future, our strategy is to move as a company towards greater digitalization. Our new Hitachi solution is easier to scale and adapt, providing the foundation we need to support that strategy.”
Thanks to the positive experience in Hungary, KBC Group data centers in other countries are also selecting Hitachi Vantara solutions. Standardizing their environments will facilitate training, as operations and support engineers can learn from each other. As a result, storage administrators can work across data centers and even countries to make best use of the infrastructure and minimize disruptions.