Virtualization – DRAC PDLL

The Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC) Pays de la Loire is present on 5 different sites (one site per department). These 5 sites are managed by Johann Leclercq, CIO of the DRAC which depends on the central CIO of the Ministry of Culture. Johann needs powerful tools to optimize his computer equipment management. In 2008, Johann has one server per service, which is too heavy to manage. He hears about virtualization and chooses Tranquil IT to establish virtualization in his IT park.

Setting up of the vizualisation on a multi-site IT park

Context

  • DRAC Pays de la Loire
  • 5 sites
  • 140 users
  • 1 system and network administrator

Issues

The DSI of the DRAC Pays de la Loire is composed of a single person : Johann Leclercq. Johann wishes to reduce the management of its servers, too numerous and heterogeneous. Indeed, DRAC’s network architecture at the time worked with one server per service. These servers are not all of the same brand or model, which multiplies the time spent on the phone with manufacturers in the event of an outage. The server maintenance load is too heavy for Johann, so he decides to switch to virtualization.

Solutions

  • Reduce the number of servers
  • Xen virtualization
  • One virtual machine per service
  • Standard and inexpensive equipment
  • Support and accompaniment

Benefits

  • More flexible IT park management

Unlike physical servers, virtualization provides flexibility in adding and removing services. Creating and removing a virtual machine is simple, which allows to manage its services in a few clicks, while continuing the partitioning of services with a VM = a service.

  • Better resource management

We have chosen a simple architecture for a better management with a supermicro for the IT department of Nantes and HP mini server Gen8 for the departmental units. These choices have drastically reduced the material cost of the DRAC, which used to use many servers.

  • Saves time

With annual support provided by Tranquil IT, DRAC no longer has to spend time on the phone with the various manufacturers to manage possible machine failures. We supervise the DRAC IT park and manage the IT park remotely to save Johann time.

Results

  • 1 system and network administrator freed thank to Tranquil IT support
  • 5 homogeneous sites
  • 140 happy users