Ensuring Reliable and Fast Operations
Coop Group extensively evaluated multiple vendors before selecting a new central infrastructure based on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5500 with 1.5PB all-flash storage capacity. “Hitachi Vantara offers a very powerful, reliable and mature system architecture at a very good price,” says Hässler. “We had worked with Hitachi Vantara before, and we knew that we could count on their support team to keep our business running smoothly.”
The highly consolidated storage solution drives a wide range of workloads. The Hitachi VSP 5500 delivers low latency to support the company’s 30 mission-critical SAP applications, which run on IBM® Power Systems servers. The virtualized environment uses IBM PowerVM® to run SAP ERP and Oracle Database on the IBM AIX® operating system and SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP applications. In addition, the Hitachi VSP 5500 also runs a large-scale VMware vSphere environment that supports approximately 3,000 virtual machines. All data is mirrored to a secondary data center using Hitachi Universal Replicator (HUR) software to ensure high availability and business continuity.
The IT team worked with Hitachi Vantara to migrate its data to the new storage infrastructure seamlessly. “Hitachi professional services helped us move all our data in the background during normal business hours, with no impact on end users,” recalls Hässler. “Hitachi Global-Active Device technology enabled this gradual migration strategy, which helped us to reduce business risk and maximize performance for our customers throughout the process.”
Coop Group also deployed Hitachi VSP Unified Storage for NAS G600 and G400 with all-flash, for fast and simple file access and shared drives. As part of the standardization, the company is also using Hitachi VSP G350 arrays to reduce complexity and increase reliability in its 14 distribution centers.
For audit-proof archiving with OpenText software and storage of high-resolution product and marketing photos, Coop Group relies on Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). Furthermore, Hitachi VSP G900 and HCP are crucial to the company’s backup and recovery processes.
“To boost our protection against ransomware attacks, we have set up a 3-tier backup architecture,” explains Hässler. “First, we do a backup to disk on Hitachi VSP G900 to ensure short recovery times. Then we move the data to HCP to strengthen security and protect against attackers who might attempt to overwrite or encrypt data and backups. Finally, we transfer our business data to tapes for another layer of security.”