Deployment of an innovative data storage and backup solution.
Paris, 12th of December 2018 – For the past 15 years, SPIE ICS, the digital services subsidiary of SPIE France, has been responsible for operating and maintaining the IT infrastructures of the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux (nursery and primary schools, administrative offices, social work centres, etc.). In addition to the comprehensive outsourcing contract, the municipality has entrusted S-Cube, a subsidiary of SPIE ICS, with the deployment of a hyperconverged (*) data storage and backup solution.
The outsourcing contract, which was renewed two years ago for a period of 5 years (until 2021), involves SPIE ICS employees on site as well as a team located in Echirolles (Isère department) working remotely on a 24/7 basis on the IT equipment of 108 sites of the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux, including workstations, telephones, tablets in schools, datacenters, network, security and system infrastructure. SPIE ICS is also in charge of updating the municipality’s IT infrastructure, in line with the mayor’s ambition to drive innovation at both technical and organisational levels.
A disruptive solution for saving, storing and managing data
Following the initial deployment of the SimpliVity solution 3 years ago for the primary storage of its data (“active” data for files created within the last month), the town council of Issy-les-Moulineaux has once again entrusted SPIE ICS with deploying a novel and complementary solution for “secondary” or archive data: Cohesity. Developed by US entrepreneur Mohit Aron, co-founder of Nutanix, Cohesity’s software was introduced very recently in France. The Cohesity solution revolutionises the backup, storage and management of multi-site data. Ideal for virtualised environments, it enables Issy-les-Moulineaux to protect several types of data from different sources (Oracle, virtual machines, Microsoft Exchange, etc.) and to manage them via a single, user-friendly interface. Other benefits include performance and recovery speed, ensuring a high level of data integrity and availability, with data being indexed in real time. For the municipality, the end result is increased productivity, greater responsiveness and a more efficient operation of the IT infrastructure.
Discussions between SPIE ICS and the town council of Issy-les-Moulineaux around the Cohesity solution began in May 2018, with the final decision being reached in June 2018. The deployment of Cohesity was entrusted to S-Cube, a subsidiary of SPIE ICS specialised in hyperconvergence. The equipment delivered in August 2018 was integrated last September into two datacenters, each with a capacity of 50 TB. The configuration and testing phase began in October and the deployment was completed by the end of November.
“We are delighted that the town council of Issy-les-Moulineaux is continuing to put its trust in us. Through the combined expertise of SPIE and S-Cube and the choice of Cohesity, we have been able to meet the city’s expectations”, explains Olivier Pensec, a business engineer at SPIE ICS.
(*) Hyper-converged infrastructure is a type of IT infrastructure in which shared storage is delivered not through SAN or NAS storage arrays, but through a software layer using the capacity of the hard drives installed on the servers themselves.
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