During the implementation of a Business Continuity Plan, the National School of Magistracy chose to deploy DataCore’s SANSymphony solution in order to gain flexibility. A choice that has since demonstrated its value, providing freedom during hardware renewals as well as real comfort during interventions on the storage infrastructure.
Based in Bordeaux, with a second site in Paris, the National School of Magistracy (ENM) welcomes between 1,000 and 1,200 learners each year, both in initial and continuing training. To ensure the training of these judges and legal staff, mainly French, but also foreign, the ENM relies more and more on its information system, managed by the IT and Audiovisual Department (SIAV). An IT master plan (SDI) defines the developments to be planned to support the transformation of the establishment, which is moving towards electronic document management, the digitization of classrooms and the establishment of a e-training.
In 2008, a technical incident on the infrastructure of the time, installed in a single room and comprising only one SAN bay, led to a production stoppage. If 80% of the data could be recovered with the help of the manufacturer, 20% was permanently lost. Following this experience, the SIAV decided to rethink its entire infrastructure, providing for the implementation of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). After drawing up specifications, the ENM studied five proposals, finally retaining that of the Bordeaux company Aktea. The solution proposed by the integrator involved setting up a second room identical to the first, capable of taking over in the event of an incident. In terms of hardware, Arkea planned to install two EMC CX4 120 SAN bays, representing a total of 10 TB, associated with two DataCore SANSymphony servers on a Dell R610 server. “The DataCore solution seemed to us to be the most elegant and least expensive answer to our problem. We wanted to avoid a 100% proprietary solution and storage virtualization offered us more versatility in terms of the choice of hardware,” explains Thomas Cuelho, systems & network administrator at ENM, recruited in 2008 to lead the implementation. of the PCA. This new infrastructure was installed in two months during the summer of 2009, accompanied by a complete overhaul of the cabling and the creation of the second room.
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