Nikkei renews core system for publication.
Stable operation and efficient operation management by building an IT infrastructure infrastructure with high expandability and availability
One of the largest financial publications, Nikkei has renewed its use of NEO, a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) by Nutanix. The system is flexible and scalable and includes a virtual desktop (VDI) infrastructure, as the virtual infrastructure.
Nikkei has been providing valuable information to business people for over 140 years since 1876. According to the figures announced in January 2021, the sales volume of the main medium Nikkei is about 1.99 million, and the number of digital paid subscriptions including “Nikkei electronic version” launched in March 2010. Is 810,000, and the total number of members including paid and free registration about five million.
Nikkei has a group of systems that handle newspaper production operations, such as a publishing system used by reporters for submitting manuscripts, a formatting system for editing the layout of articles, and a paper transmission system for sending paper data to print shops, as well as personnel, general affairs, and accounting, said Masaaki Sera deputy general manager, Information Technology Division at Nikkei.
“I feel that Nutanix has a rich API and is easy to automate,” he said. “It also reduces the workload such as resource allocation.”
The core system NEO, includes the core business system of the system, was centrally operated in a private cloud built in the company’s data centre. However, operational management and scalability were not satisfactory.
For the renewal of NEO, a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) was introduced, which is highly flexible and scalable. In the selection, Nikkei emphasised availability and redundancy, and decided to adopt Nutanix, which has already been introduced as a virtual desktop (VDI) infrastructure, as the virtual infrastructure of “NEO”.
After migrating to the new Nutanix-based infrastructure “NEO +”, the snapshot function has made it possible to perform backup work in a few days, which used to take weeks. In addition, by combining Nutanix Prism with other management tools, we were able to semi-automate management tasks such as issuing virtual machines, reducing the management load. We appreciate the fact that even when new resources were needed due to the increase in telecommuting due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, we were able to quickly expand the nodes with only a small amount of setting work, said Hiroyuki Ichiki general manager Information Technology Division at Nikkei.
“Nutanix’s” openness “, which does not lock in to a specific cloud or hardware, is in line with our idea of designing infrastructure with a high degree of freedom,” he said. “By utilising Nutanix products, we can design with a sense of speed. We are expecting the accumulation of know-how and technology that enables in-house production of construction. ”