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Case Studies - Oita Prefectural Government

Overview

oita-imageOita Prefectural Government
Industry : Local self-government organization
Solution : PRIMEQUEST, PRIMERGY, VMware
System environment(Second step) : PRIMEQUEST 1800E
PRIMERGY BX900
ETEERNUS DX80
VMware vSphere 4

Leveraging Experiences of Mission Critical System Virtualization, Oita Prefecture Plans to Build The Private Cloud for 30% Cost Reduction of The Whole ICT Costs

Oita Prefectural Government in Japan has been implementing its virtualization strategy. In 2008, it consolidated servers in divisions. In 2010, it tackled mission critical system virtualization using Fujitsu mission critical IA server PRIMEQUEST 1800E, Fujitsu Blade Server PRIMERGY BX900, and virtualization software VMware vSphere 4. It plans to build its private cloud system which virtualizes mission critical system and divisional servers consolidated at the first step ? human resource management system is included there.

Problems and Resolutions

Demands for TCO reduction including ICT administrative costs >> Reduction of server installation and administrative costs by choosing open system and server consolidation

>> Integrated system administration for consolidated divisional servers

>> Plans for private cloud

Installation Background

Slimming down ICT system including enterprise systems

Mr.YamatoMr. Yasuhiro Yamado, Manager of System Development Team of Information Policy Division


In the Southwestern part of Japan, surrounded by mountains and inland sea, Oita Prefecture is famous for rich fishery of marketed and flatfish and hot springs such as Beppu and Yufuin. In 2007, the Oita Prefectural Government mapped out virtualization plan for its ICT systems. At the first step, it consolidated servers, which government divisions had been installing deliberately for downsizing mainframe applications. As a result, server count mushroomed as the divisional operations expand.

For slashing unlimitedly growing costs, it consolidated dozens of divisional servers to five PRIMERGY RX600 servers using VMware Infrastructure version 3. Much positive response from divisions using the servers encouraged Mr. Tomoaki Kira, Chief Examiner of System Development Team of Information Policy Division of Commerce, Industry, and Labor Department in Oita Prefecture. “Around 50 virtual machines are running [on five servers] as of June 2010. After two years since the system commencement, the system users in the government divisions are satisfied with simpler administration and release from server procurement. Installation of test environment became simpler because no hardware installation is required.”
By two years experiences, the Oita Prefecture was convinced that virtualization of enterprise applications is possible. “Seeing VMware running on many systems for two years, we are convinced that VMware is very dependable and usable for mission critical systems including database servers,” says Mr. Yasuhiro Yamado, Manager of System Development Team of Information Policy Division.

Key Installation Point

PRIMEQUEST selected for mission critical virtualization

Mr.KiraMr. Tomoaki Kira


For virtualizing its mission critical systems, Oita Prefecture has chosen Fujitsu mission critical IA server PRIMEQUEST 1800E and Fujitsu Blade Server PRIMERGY BX900. It chose PRIMEQUEST because they thought it was best matched to mission critical server the Oita demanded ? high availability, stability with standard virtualization. Especially, the PRIMEQUEST can continue its operation even at failures because almost all the components including memory can be redundant. Mr. Kira addresses other reasons for choosing PRIMEQUEST. “First of all, PRIMEQUEST is the open mission critical system that Fujitsu mainframe OS is available*1. This means applications on Fujitsu mainframe can run on the open platform with least changes. PRIMEQUEST can address development cost reduction also for procuring development servers because one PRIMEQUEST can accommodate quite a number of developing and testing environments.”

*1 Fujitsu mainframe’s OS called OSIV/XSP is available with PRIMEQUEST. This function is available in Japan. For the detail of this function, please contact sales representative at your region.

Installation Process

All the applications virtualized

Mr.AkidukiMr. Yasutaka Akizuki, System Development Team Assistant Manager and Supervisor of Information Policy Division of Commerce, Industry, and Labor Department 

The Oita Prefecture accomplished virtualization of mission critical system in 2010 March. PRIMEQUEST 1800E accommodated database server and high workload applications virtualized. PRIMERGY BX900 virtualized Web application servers.
VMware vCenter Server unified virtualized servers commenced at the first step and the second step. VMware Storage vMotion will be used for migrating data without system interruption between ETERNUS2000 introduced at the first step and ETERNUS DX80 introduced at the second step.

With system commencement planned in 2010 September *2, the Oita Prefecture is planning virtualization of human resource management system handling over 20,000 staff data including public school staff. The Oita will virtualize all the internal systems at their creation or enhancement, and then integrate them to private cloud system that Oita Prefectural Government is planning to create.
“On our virtualization environment with VMware vSphere, we will transform other enterprise systems such as budget planning, financial and accounting, and payroll management systems. All the transformation will accomplish within fiscal year 2012. We will also transform document management system to the virtualized environment in 2013 before the current system expires its lease term. Then, we can accomplish virtualization of mission critical systems within fiscal year 2014,” says Mr. Yasutaka Akizuki, System Development Team Assistant Manager and Supervisor of Information Policy Division of Commerce, Industry, and Labor Department.

With system commencement planned in 2010 September *2, the Oita Prefecture is planning virtualization of human resource management system handling over 20,000 staff data including public school staff. The Oita will virtualize all the internal systems at their creation or enhancement, and then integrate them to private cloud system that Oita Prefectural Government is planning to create.
“On our virtualization environment with VMware vSphere, we will transform other enterprise systems such as budget planning, financial and accounting, and payroll management systems. All the transformation will accomplish within fiscal year 2012. We will also transform document management system to the virtualized environment in 2013 before the current system expires its lease term. Then, we can accomplish virtualization of mission critical systems within fiscal year 2014,” says Mr. Yasutaka Akizuki, System Development Team Assistant Manager and Supervisor of Information Policy Division of Commerce, Industry, and Labor Department.

*2 When the original article was published in 2010 September, the system was not commenced yet. As of 2011 May, the system already went live.

Results of System Installation

The ultimate goal for optimizing ICT investment

The in-house virtualization is still a milestone for them. They are exploring the possibility of outsourcing the entire private cloud system to some cloud service provider dealing with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). “We need to include future system expansions in leased system at closing lease contracts. To do so, we have been projecting performance increase, associated server, and storage resource expansion every five year. [If projection for five years is inaccurate and server resources tend to be much higher than what the customer demands,] system resources utilization tends to remain low and efficiency of ICT investment tends to remain insufficient,” says Mr. Yamado.
The Oita Prefecture is expecting to free itself from worrisome pursuit of hardware investment efficiency. Mr. Yamado continues to say, “If the system virtualization we are developing is accomplished, we will be ready to run them on IaaS based system.”

System ConfigurationSystem Configuration



Oita Prefectural Office

Location: 3-1-1,Ohte-machi,City of Oita, Oita Prefecture
URL: http://www.pref.oita.jp/

In the southwestern island called Kyusyu in Japan, Oita Prefecture is surrounded by mountains and on Seto inland sea. Due to the warm temperature and rich fishery, dishes of sea fishes such as mackerel and flatfish satisfy gourmets. It also has famous hot springs such as Beppu and Yufuin healing many travelers. Oita Prefecture is promoting to create special products for each town.
As City of Oita was designated to new industrial city, coastal industrial area was formed in Oita.
These years, it has been inviting electric equipment manufactures proactively. As a result, portion of secondary industry in Gross Prefectural Domestic Product is beyond national average.