Hitachi helped the Ocean University of China build a new generation of storage infrastructure: a private cloud data center with the virtualized active-active data center solution, as well as the file management solution. The solutions provide complete business continuity and address the university’s challenges, thus improving IT efficiency and productivity. Specific benefits include:
Cloud-based Homework Collection and Distribution
Previously, the homework was collected and distributed via emails or FTP, which was complex and prone to error. Now, with tiered management based on a multitenant “group” of HCP, each department in the university is set as a group, and each teacher in each department is set as a “team.” HCP allocates dedicated group space for each department, and then allocates dedicated team space for each teacher from the group space. Teachers have complete permissions for their own team space and can define which students have access to it. However, students have only the read and write permissions to the “team” space of their teachers. When teachers place the homework to their “team” space, students access and download the homework over the Web, and upload it to the personal space of the teacher after completion. Located at the cloud data center of the university, the group space can be accessed from anywhere over Internet. Parameters of the groups can be set to prevent or allow sharing between groups.
Dedicated Workspace for Scientific Teams
The university has a number of temporary scientific research teams, which require private and dedicated online workspace. An independent tenant space can be created for the scientific research teams, which can only be accessed by the team members. Within this space, the team members can share files with each other, and each of them can have their own personal space.
More Flexible Cloud-based File Sharing
HCP provides FTP-like campus file sharing through anonymous HTTP access to replace the existing FTP service. It is more flexible and faster to access, and simpler to manage. With HCP Anywhere, the university created its own enterprise personal file synchronization and sharing cloud drive system. Compared with the other public clouds, the cloud-drive-based HCP Anywhere provides complete privacy and better data security.
Faculty members can store their important personal files on the cloud drive without worries. Additionally, teachers can access their files anytime, anywhere, from PCs, mobile phones or tablets, and share files with others through flexible policies.
Top Security and Reliability
The university’s private cloud system back end, built on Hitachi VSP and HCP content storage, guarantees performance and reliability. Moreover, the unique automated mirrored protection and versioning of HCP ensures the security and reliability of the data in the private cloud. Virtualization with VSP enables resource sharing and ondemand provisioning. With the auto-tiering and thin provisioning, the storage system can provision the storage resources automatically, according to the performance and capacity demands of the business. In this way, it maximizes storage efficiency and optimizes business applications.
The advanced VSP-based HAM storage clustering of Hitachi creates an active-active data center for both Laoshan and Yushan campuses. Both centers act as redundant backup of each other to guarantee “zero” data loss. If the storage in one data center fails, the applications will fail over to the backup storage in the other data center.
This approach ensures continuous business operation and brings peace of mind to IT administrators.
Elimination of File Management Problems in Teaching and Scientific Research
HCP provides a rich set management features for unstructured file data to address the traditional file sharing, file management and data security problems in teaching and scientific research. Instead of following the traditional application model, the HCP based file management solution adopts a flexible, easy-to-manage and simple-to-use private cloud architecture, improving exchanges and communications.
Enterprise Cloud-drive System
The university builds its own enterprise cloud drive system with HCP Anywhere to provide private and secure personal file storage space for its faculty members. The cloud-drive system enables mobility, thus reducing cost and improving productivity.
In this project, based on its deep understanding of the needs of Ocean University of China, Hitachi addressed the problems and challenges innovatively. Together, they created a solution that has become a new benchmark for IT implementation in China’s universities.