The All-Japan Federation of National Health Insurance Organizations is a public interest corporation comprised of local NHIOs throughout Japan.
These local NHIOs were using their own servers to operate a benefits payment system for disabled persons. To save money and time, the NHIOs decided to consolidate processing on a centralized, virtualized infrastructure.
However, because local NHIOs have to work closely with system data — which includes a primary database and a large number of .PDF and .CSV files containing detailed cost breakdowns shared with local government bodies and providers of welfare services — the Federation had to automatically replicate data from the new centralized processing environment to a local server at each prefecture. This localized data replication would also provide the Federation with essential backup-and-restore capabilities.
The NHIOs therefore needed a means of replicating data to local servers without adversely impacting IT processes or consuming excessive network bandwidth.
The Federation compared several alternative solutions — focusing on real-time data transfer capability, file transfer speed and system stability. Based on its evaluation, which included extensive performance testing, it selected CA ARCserve Replication.
Key factors that distinguished CA ARCserve Replication included its stable CPU and memory utilization, its low network bandwidth utilization, and the fact that it could transmit more than 10,000 files in less than a minute — even to Okinawa, the most distant prefecture from the Federation’s Tokyo datacenter location. CA ARCserve also offered superior value from a cost/benefit perspective.
“To keep the process from application to payment timely, it is essential for local government bodies and NHIOs to exchange information in something close to real time,” said Keiji Takano, Deputy Manager of the Federation’ s Long-term Care Insurance Division Persons with Disabilities Payments Section. “CA ARCserve Replication was uniquely able to meet our requirements for speed, minimized resource utilization and management functionality.”
In addition to reducing cost and labor burdens for the Federation and the prefectures, the CA ARCserve solution is providing robust protection against the risk of data loss in the event of hardware failure, natural disaster or other eventualities.
This is the Federation’s first virtualization project involving a mission-critical system, and its success is driving interest in other similar initiatives.
“The All-Japan Federation of National Health Insurance Organization’s consolidation project reflects the challenges facing many customers as they seek to gain the efficiencies offered by centralized virtual infrastructure, while also meeting the operational requirements of regional branch/remote offices,” said Kentaro Eguro, vice president, Data Management, CA Technologies. “Their choice of CA ARCserve Replication highlights the special capabilities of our solution — and how those capabilities extend beyond data protection to our customers’ other wide-area replication needs.”