Nornickel modernises its data centres

The CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel"Go to the glossary has completed the upgrade of data centres’ engineering infrastructure at two key production sites — Polar Division and Kola MMCMining and Metallurgical CompanyGo to the glossary — as part of NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary’s global programme to roll out high-performance processing hardware. The upgrade improved the fault tolerance, increased the capacity and provided adequate data storage and processing security. The final step will be the creation of a fault-tolerant cluster in Moscow to ensure high availability and integration of Nornickel’s critical systems. The overall project cost exceeds RUB 450 mln.

The upgrade of two Norilsk cluster data centres of Polar Division doubled their usable capacity. The centres are now able to accommodate a total of 275 kW of IT equipment. On top of the IT infrastructure support system, which is a must for modern data centres, an industrial control and management system was implemented to integrate all engineering facilities.

“More reliable technical solutions and cutting-edge engineering infrastructure back-up mechanisms ensure the fault tolerance that meets the existing and future requirements of the business,” said Roman Yemelyanov, Senior Project Manager of Nornickel — SSC Infrastructure Analysis.

The Polar Division data centres were upgraded jointly by Nornickel — SSC and the general contractor — Jet Infosystems systems integrator. The key engineering support systems utilise Delta Electronics equipment.

This autumn, the Company has completed the construction of two new data centres of Kola MMCKola Mining and Metallurgical CompanyGo to the glossary in Monchegorsk and Zapolyarny with the useful capacity of up to 90 kW.

Nornickel has been upgrading its data processing centres since 2015. The target architecture will consist of six data centres including the upcoming cluster in Moscow. Within the next two years, the Company will build a data centre in its head office building to become the key fault tolerance unit of Nornickel’s capital cluster and accommodate the most critical corporate systems. “The primary goal of the Moscow cluster is to ensure high performance and availability of such systems as SAP ERP and to back up the critical systems behind the Company’s business processes,” said Victoria Povelitsina, Head of IT Infrastructure, IT Department. “It will ensure the adequate level of fault tolerance of the Company’s IT infrastructure as well as quick recovery infrastructure in case of any failures,” she noted.

The data centres upgrade is scheduled for completion by 2020. Victoria Povelitsina emphasised the data centres are the core elements of the IT infrastructure which is also undergoing comprehensive modernisation. Upgrade of the IT infrastructure will lay a solid foundation for Nornickel’s other digital projects.