Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F1500 was chosen through a careful bid process, since Celepar needed to consolidate its most critical data loads onto a single machine to migrate the RISC platforms also the Mainframe. For this reason, the company selected the most modern and efficient hardware available, which would be capable of providing data efficiency and a 500-terabyte disk capacity, able to exceed one petabyte in operational volume. Plus, the Hitachi Ops Center software allowed Celepar to monitor the new environment and proactively optimize performance.
350 terabytes out of 500 have already been migrated and the system is so stable that there has been no impact on end users. `This is essential as these solutions make daily life easier for the state's citizens to obtain faster access to state services. Detran Fácil, for example, was a portal developed to prevent users from needing to spend hours waiting in lines for in-person service.
Celepar migrated 100 State of Paraná servers, including Safety (Department of Public Safety and the Vehicle Service and Dispatch Center); Health (Department of Health, SAMU—The Mobile Emergency Service, and the Government Healthcare [SUS] Management System), Administrative activities (State Payroll, Integrated Services with Federal Revenue and Detran PR—Paraná Transportation Department).
"Celepar has become a model of e-government thanks to the efforts of its employees, and all the investments made in companies committed to offering the best technology solutions, allied with the deep knowledge of their technicians. We are very proud to be able to provide quality services for the people of our state," said Dario Kuceki Knopfholz, Data Systems Infrastructure Technology Coordinator.
The new VSP F1500 arrived at a very opportune moment for Celepar, because with the increase in demand for digital services the company needed a solution capable of meeting new requirements.
Since the consolidation of the most critical loads, Celepar has seen better response times, greater data security, footprint reduction—with one petabyte in a single half-rack—and significant space savings in the data center.
VSP F1500 virtualization made it possible to migrate Celepar's other disks to the new system quickly, simply, and safely. This operational ease is due to Hitachi Vantara's matrix handles the most critical loads with excellent compatibility. The encryption features of the VSP F1500 protects sensitive data against breaches and preventing unauthorized people from accessing Celepar data.
Disc formatting was completed in 30 minutes, and the entire project was completed in 2 months, which generated time to market savings and surprised even Celepar's experienced professionals. Several tests were conducted during migration to the new storage setup, with the equipment achieving a capacity of 400,000 IOPS (it didn't hit even higher numbers only because the server infrastructure wouldn't support it).
"Digital transformation requires solutions be more practical and less bureaucratic, which is why Celepar is concerned with staying up-to-date to provide the best customer experience for the citizens of Paraná State. We work tirelessly so that people have secure access to administrative, healthcare, and safety services." explains Knopfholz. "2020 was a crucial year, it reinforced the importance of our digital services. With our migration to All Flash, we gained better response time. Now we can provide better agility in our services and optimize the customer experience." concludes Knopfholz.