Taiyuan Wusu Comprehensive Bonded Zone supports business growth and the booming Chinese economy

Overview
As the Chinese economy continues to grow at an astonishing pace, customs organizations such as the Taiyuan Wusu Comprehensive Bonded Zone play an increasingly important role. By migrating its core business systems to a cutting-edge hyperconverged infrastructure from Lenovo and Nutanix, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, Taiyuan gained the scalability and agility it needed to keep pace with growing numbers of imports and exports, and help maintain the overall health of the Chinese economy.
 
Easy scalability and flexible resource allocation enables Taiyuan to respond rapidly to meet changing business demands as the organization – and the Chinese economy – grows.
 
Solution components
Hardware
Lenovo Converged HX3500 Appliance with Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family
 
Software
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform
•             Nutanix Acropolis
•             Nutanix Prism
 
By migrating from traditional architecture to the hyperconverged infrastructure, Taiyuan has dramatically reduced total cost of ownership.
 
Taiyuan Wusu Comprehensive Bonded Zone (Taiyuan) is an independently managed customs regulation zone in Shanxi Province, China. Taiyuan provides secure bonded warehousing, goods processing, cargo inspection, logistics and distribution services.

Supporting expansion
China is the largest export economy in the world. Organizations such as Taiyuan are crucial to managing the customs requirements and duties that Chinese businesses must pay to export their goods to foreign markets. To do this, Taiyuan relies on three core platforms: the Cross-Border Trade E-Commerce Platform, the Customs Inspection and Quarantine Supervision System, and the Public Service System.

With plans to expand to neighboring provinces and beyond, Taiyuan recognized the need to update the IT infrastructure supporting its three core platforms. The organization’s existing three-tier architecture lacked the performance required to support its extensive virtualized environment. Rapid growth in the number of virtual machines (VMs) put additional strain on the infrastructure. To make matters worse, Taiyuan’s storage systems suffered from performance and scalability bottlenecks.

Taiyuan needed a solution that addressed these issues, as well as the wider requirements of the platforms. For example, the Cross-Border Trade E-Commerce Platform provides convenient services for foreign trade enterprises to facilitate import and export clearance. With an explosive growth in operations and data volumes due to e-commerce, the ability to scale the platform flexibly and rapidly is critical.

Furthermore, Taiyuan uses the Cross-Border Trade E-Commerce Platform to provide finance, clearance, logistics, tax reimbursement and foreign exchange services for government agencies, enterprises and third-party payment entities. Therefore, the platform requires a high level of security and disaster-tolerance capabilities.

Based on customs and AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China) requirements, reporting and regulation systems for cross-border trade must be divided into physically separated sub-systems. Business data interaction between different sub-systems can be heavy during peak periods, demanding high security. Taiyuan wanted the ability to adjust physical resources between these sub-systems, so that it could flexibly reallocate resources depending on workload.

Moving to a hyperconverged infrastructure
Taiyuan discussed its needs with several vendors and, after weighing up a number of offerings, opted for a hyperconvergence solution put forward by Lenovo and Nutanix.

Lenovo worked with Taiyuan to implement 30 Lenovo Converged HX3500 appliances, integrated with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software and powered by the Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family, to support the mission-critical platforms, divided into seven clusters based on business load.

The Lenovo-Nutanix solution pools compute and storage resources into a single virtual structure. The software-defined infrastructure enables linear scalability. Taiyuan has been very impressed with the pre-integrated Nutanix virtualization software, which provides excellent performance and stability.

Forging ahead
With the new hyperconverged infrastructure platform from Lenovo and Nutanix, Taiyuan gained the high levels of flexibility, reliability and performance needed to keep its core platforms running smoothly – now and in the future.

Application-centric, top-down system architecture dimensions, combined with Nutanix’s superior resource management granularity of VM and containers, enables unlimited horizontal scalability of the Lenovo HX systems. Taiyuan can simply purchase new nodes and add that capacity to the virtual pool to meet spikes in demand and operational growth.

By migrating from traditional architecture to the hyperconverged infrastructure, Taiyuan has dramatically reduced total cost of ownership. Easy scalability and flexible resource allocation enables Taiyuan to respond rapidly to meet changing business demands as the organization – and the Chinese economy – grows.

For more information
To learn more about Lenovo Data Center Systems solutions, contact your Lenovo Sales Representative or Lenovo Business Partner, or visit: lenovo.com/systems

For more information about Taiyuan Wusu Comprehensive Bonded Zone, visit: www.tyftz.gov.cn
 
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