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Huawei Desktop Cloud Upgrades Railway Office

18-11-2016 00:00:00

Background

Xiʼan, a city in northwest China, is noted for its proximity to the famous “Terracotta Warriors.” The Xiʼan Railway Bureau, meanwhile, is a major hub of the nationʼs rail systems. It manages train systems ranging from high-speed, long-distance rail to freight hauling. Until 2006, the bureau was made up of four administrative sections. That year, however, the city of Ankang was merged with the Xiʼan East section. The plan was to dismantle the Ankang section. As a result, advanced automatic devices and facilities were moved to Xiʼan East. But, by 2012, administrators realized the importance of an office in Ankang. 

Challenges

The Railway Bureau needed to replace the old, legacy equipment left behind in Ankang. Until then, the Office Automation (OA) system could not be used and no Web portal was available. 

PCs throughout the railway bureau stored key information assets but, due to insufficient O&M, security holes were common. 

The Ankang office was virtually paralyzed, so administrators decided to build a modern OA system from scratch.

Anticipating future data center needs, administrators decided to adopt advanced technology and replace conventional PCs with a desktop cloud solution. In this way, resources could be centralized to improve the manageability of the desktop computing infrastructure.

Solution

The Railway Bureau selected Huaweiʼs FusionCloud Desktop Cloud Solution for Ankang. The solution uses a full set of Huawei products including server; access switch; storage device; virtualization, management, and desktop cloud software; and cloud terminals.

  • E6000 blade servers are used as management and resource servers due to their high heat dissipation, reliability, and ease of maintenance
  • OceanStor S5500T provides system and data storage. The OceanStor S5500T is oriented to high- and middle-end storage markets and features: 1) Complete hardware specifications, high-density hard disks, TurboModule high-density I/O modules, hot-swappable design, threefold acceleration of TurboBoost performance, and enhanced data protection that ensures service security and continuity. 2) File- and block-level storage applications in a single device — an attractive TCO feature for Ankang.
  • The Huawei FusionCloud Desktop Cloud Solution virtualizes and centralizes PC computing and storage resources in the data center, creating a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): 1) Users can access “virtual PCs” (personal computers and mobile devices) using thin clients 2) The VDI encompasses terminal, hardware, software, network, security, and consulting and design services.
  • Highest level of data security — OA terminal access and user rights authentication, user activity auditing, data transmission and content encryption, and rights management. All OA data is centrally stored in the back-end data center, so OA terminals have no hard disks that are at risk for hacking.
  • Reliability of entire OA system — a carrier-class desktop cloud solution with 1+1 redundancy backup architecture for the network structure and 1+1 hot backup for management nodes.
  • Unified and centralized Virtual Machine (VM) management. Compared with conventional PC systems, this platform improves O&M efficiency by more than 10 times the industry average.
  • FusionManager provides simplified IT management with unified O&M, software installation, and antivirus software updates.

Benefits

Efficiency of the Ankang sectionʼs office automation system now leads that of other Xiʼan Railway Bureau sections. Other benefits:

  • The desktop cloud system is a closed system that enhances control over unauthorized access. Also, users control the read and write function. These measures prevent unauthorized access through mobile storage media.
  • The desktop cloud’s unified O&M platform enables quick service provisioning and centralized management of office software. After the desktop cloud was deployed in Ankang, overall O&M loads were reduced.
  • Reduced power consumption and “green” operation. A conventional PC consumes 200W or more while, on average, each VM in the desktop cloud system consumes about 35W. By integrating energy-saving technologies, the average power consumption of a VM can be reduced by more than 70 percent.

As a result, the Ankang section more than meets China Railway Corporationʼs high requirements for fast repairs, maintenance, and high-performance IT systems, including quick service provisioning and better service continuity for its high-speed lines. 

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