Shougang Jingtang United Iron & Steel Co.
Increasing security and reliability through virtualization
Shougang Jingtang Iron & Steel United Co. Ltd. produces iron and steel products. The company conducts coking, sintering, iron-making, steel-making, hot-rolling, and cold-rolling businesses. Shougang Jingtang Iron & Steel United products include automotive steel sheet, pipeline, pressure vessel steel, and shipbuilding steel.
The original production line server had been operating for eight years, and over time, problems began to occur and reoccur with the old equipment. This resulted in a gradually increasing risk to continued operation and gradually decreasing security and reliability.
At the same time, it grew challenging to repair components or purchase spare parts. Various parts of the plant stopped functioning due to this shortage, and the overall situation was not beneficial to future operations and maintenance.
Obviously, it was time to install new hardware, but there were also software systems to consider. The original Windows 2003 system and software needed to be retained through upgrades or rebuilds.
To meet the needs for reliability and security, Stratus’ ftServer® 2810 was paired with VMware virtualization software. In addition, ESXi virtualization operating system was installed directly on the ftServer2810 fault-tolerant server and the original Win2003 system was migrated to the ESXi virtualization environment through P2V.
After the migration, the customer’s original Win2003 system and environment became a virtual machine, retaining all the original software and data. There was no need to modify the system.
This new virtualization solution facilitated the operation and maintenance of future customers. It improved hardware utilization, reduced energy consumption, saved space, and improved system flexibility.
For Shougang Jingtang Iron & Steel United Co. Ltd., the continuous availability solution reduced the cost of software and system upgrades, significantly reducing the total cost of the project.
For Shougang Jingtang Iron & Steel United Co. Ltd., the continuous availability solution reduced the cost of software and system upgrades, significantly reducing the total cost of the project. It also gave them confidence in the ability to source parts related to future system upgrades and improvements. ftServer greatly improved the availability of the system, reduced the risk of customer system downtime, and reduced the risk of data loss.