Bull modernizes Council’s IT infrastructure in French département of Yvelines and consolidates its mainframe and Linux applications
New infrastructure built around Bull NovaScale 7000 series set to:
Reduce Yvelines Council’s IT operating costs by over 40%
Enhance application performance by two to four times, and reduce back-up times
Simplify system operation and administration
The Conseil Général des Yvelines (the local authority for the French département of Yvelines near Paris) has chosen the Bull NovaScale 7000 series to rationalize its IT infrastructure, in order to enhance the performance of its applications and reduce its IT operating costs.
Bull provided its solution as part of the Council’s program to accelerate the implementation of on-line public services, designed to enhance the overall services offering to its citizens.
The NovaScale 7000 multi-environment series runs mainframe applications ported from two GCOS 7 machines, as well as Linux applications, on the same platform. It is enabling the Council to modernize, simplify and reduce the costs of its IT infrastructure, using high-performance, open solutions based on industry standards.
Bull is also the Council’s partner in the development, in Open Source, of a ‘Personal Independent Living Allowance’ application. Currently under experimentation (until the end of 2006), this application will be widely implemented during the first half of 2007. It confirms the Yvelines Council’s role as a pioneer in putting applications on line in the areas of social policy for which local authorities are responsible.
“We were very impressed by the new NovaScale 7000 system. Its performance and ease of use immediately won us over,” commented Thierry Ehret-Franck, CIO at Yvelines Council. “Our old applications run more quickly, and back-up times have been more than halved. The new, Linux applications coexist in complete security with the old ones, and share the same data storage system, which simplifies systems administration operations considerably and helps to reduce our costs.”
Rapid switchover of mainframe applications to the new, open system
Bull was chosen by the Council to design the target architecture and infrastructure, as well as to manage and implement the project. The development of the new applications and porting of existing ones to the new platform was carried out in close co-operation with the Council’s own IT specialists. The Bull NovaScale 7000 system was installed in just one day, and the application switchover to the new server was completed in less than three weeks.
“We are very proud to have the Conseil Général des Yvelines among our customers,” confirmed Jean-François Bauduin, Director of the NovaScale GCOS business unit of Bull. “Our understanding of the challenges of the public sector and expertise in information systems architectures meant we could respond effectively to all their expectations. This meant we were able to offer a global solution, based around our architecture consultancy, infrastructure and systems integration expertise.”