The Protestant social welfare services of Schweinfurt (Diakonie Schweinfurt) has a long history steeped in tradition. As an established institution in Schweinfurt, it acts as a service provider for social-welfare, church and other non-profit organisations. It focuses on elder care, general and specialist life coaching, and public social services for people seeking advice or experiencing illness or other difficult life circumstances. To fulfil its mission, Diakonie Schweinfurt interfaces with local welfare establishments and Protestant churches and also leads welfare associations and other organisations in the Main-Rhön region and Kitzingen.
The main aim was to boost performance and capacity, while also improving data backup. A high degree of reliability and simple management of the IT infrastructure were important goals in the planning and construction of the new storage infrastructure. For this it needed to be possible to replicate the virtual machines for disaster recovery. The modernised and strategically realigned IT also needed to increase the efficiency of both IT and employees. Another requirement was that the new network infrastructure be designed for data growth of about 20 percent per year over a period of five years.
Our requirements have been incorporated into a coherent concept. The implementation of the network infrastructure, the highly available storage and the migration of the virtual servers took less than two weeks. Thanks to Bechtle, we now have two redundant data centres that more than meet our requirements for flexibility, performance and security.
Johannes Kuther, Geschäftsleitung IT Services, Diakonisches Werk Schweinfurt
Diakonie Schweinfurt has been using a virtual infrastructure. The virtualisation newly implemented by Bechtle now maps this solution to new hardware distributed over two data centres. This ensured the migration of existing user data and virtual machines. The storage used is a highly available network of two NetApp E-Series 2724 cluster systems. Bechtle migrated most of the data on the NetApp FAS3210 to a new virtual Microsoft file server.
Four Dell Power Edge R630 servers are now connected to the new storage system as hyper-visors, replacing the five previously used, redundantly connected HP servers. These virtualisation hosts are managed by the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2, which ensures simple and above all central management. The two server rooms are redundantly interconnected by a high-availability switch cluster with IRF technology in the form of HP 10 Gigabit SAN switches, which can transfer data at up to 20 Gbit/s by port bundling.
The use of Hyper-V failover cluster technology ensures a high degree of reliability, enabling data previously replicated to the opposing cluster system to be recovered within a very short time in the event of a failure of a complete NetApp cluster. To do this, the virtual machines are automatically restarted on another host. Bechtle Veeam uses Backup & Replication, which guarantees fast, flexible and reliable data recovery combined with backup and replication of the virtual environment.
The new components used by Bechtle at Diakonie Schweinfurt ensure the regeneration of storage, hyper-visor and network components for the coming years. Diakonie’s business operations are now supported by a stable, fast and reliable IT system that requires only a few manual interventions. The existing data was completely migrated, so that daily operation during restructuring was not further impaired. The solution, which is tailored to the needs of Diakonie, offers all the prerequisites for meeting their projected data growth over the next five years, and is also scalable and easy to manage, meaning it is welcomed by Diakonie employees.
Bechtle Fair Project management was employed for this solution.