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Leading university manages expanding data with Hitachi solutions.

 

More universities and education facilities face ever-increasing data growth, as new students expect high performance and 24/7 access as a basic requirement.  We asked Corvinus University of Budapest, Chief Information Officer, János Mogyorósi to share his views on data management.

 

Q. What challenges were you facing as a result of rapid data growth?

A. “Corvinus defines itself as a research university, oriented towards education.  All research institutions and education institutions collect massive amounts of data – and we are both so our data growth is twice as large.  With over 14,000 students and 15,000 users of our systems at any one time, we had increasing amounts of data to manage. Each incoming year of students means more data, and with every passing year there is increase in expectations of IT performance and data availability.”

 

“Additionally, there were a growing number of required services competing for the same resources (especially random IO – email, databases, home directories).  This led to a ‘slow-down’ on every service.  Plus the backup window limited the amount of data we could provide.  It was clear to us that the aging storage hardware had to be replaced.”

 

  

Q. Why Choose Hitachi?

A. “We had worked with Hitachi before and felt confident in their solutions.  To increase speed and performance, we chose their hybrid flash solution with automatic tiering.  This allows us to manage and tier data as needed while maintaining costs.  We migrated the data ourselves, but throughout the process we got great support from Hitachi and their partner, Invigor.”

 

 

Q. What other outcomes have you seen?

A.” Since implementation of the Hitachi Flash solution, we have been able to significantly reduce backup time.  This reduced backup window allows us to offer more disk space to our end-users. Plus, with the new solution, we have freed up time and can now focus on other projects.”

 

Customer Bio

János Mogyorósi

Chief Information Officer

Corvinus University of Budapest

 

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With all the convenience of online banking, data mobility and banking apps for our devices, we can conduct financial business just about anywhere at any time. For the banks, however, the challenges are around ensuring data protection, access and compliance. Banks are responsible for managing massive growth of their data, both structured and unstructured, which must be retained and auditable to meet ever-changing regulations.

 

No easy task.

 

Rabobank is a Dutch bank with €674 billion in assets, over 10 million customers in 47 countries, and 51,000 employees. Those numbers add up to a lot of communications traffic — bank records, banking transactions, emails, online chat applications, surveillance video: the list goes on. All of these activities are heavily regulated by federal and industry with the intent to de-risk operations, safeguard personal information and provide oversight.

 

Ensuring governance of Rabobank’s communications falls to its Global Compliance Group.  And, of course, to the IT department.

 

When the compliance division needed to examine a particular set of corporate actions, we collected the data from these diverse sources: some from third-party vendors, and some held on backup tapes,” explains Colin Chatelier, Head of Data Center (UK) and Global Storage at Rabobank. “If an inquiry changed scope, we might have to search the same systems with different criteria. We wanted to address the problem of consistently mining multiple data sources spread across many disparate silos with no obvious way of joining one communication type to another, by helping compliance teams work more flexibility and collaborate more easily.”

 

    

So, how does this global financial institution manage its communications governance amid the churn of siloed data assets, regulatory change and banks across the globe.

 

Enter Hitachi

 

Rabobank engaged Hitachi to build a modern ingest-and-search data platform based on Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) technology. The solution transformed the bank’s compliance operations. Discovery searches can now be performed in hours instead of weeks. The compliance teams can efficiently and flexibly manage the auditable lifecycle and rapidly respond to regulatory investigations.

For the IT department, no data gets left behind. Every piece of relevant data now resides in a single place. By creating a central, comprehensive data set, Rabobank can perform compliance investigations with confidence, and maybe even a little time to spare.

 

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