Mizuho Information & Research Institute Adopts Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to Speed Private Cloud Infrastructure Configuration

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Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. has deployed Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate the configuration of Mizuho Financial Group’s common private cloud infrastructure, “Mizuho Cloud (IA)”. 

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Mizuho Information & Research Institute is a Japanese IT company that offers consulting, systems integration to corporations, and is responsible for the IT strategy of Mizuho Financial Group, its parent company. As a part of this IT strategy, Mizuho Information & Research Institute sought a better way to manage its private cloud infrastructure, Mizuho Cloud (IA). The Mizuho Cloud (IA) consists of more than 120 systems, predominantly operated to assess banking markets and related information – these individual systems consist of approximately 1,000 physical servers and more than 3,500 virtual servers with petabyte-class storage. With this scale in mind, Mizuho Information & Research Institute set out to decrease the time spent for building applications and developing services, as well as reducing associated costs. 

To do this, the company chose to deploy Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate the setup of hardware in its private cloud infrastructure, which was previously dependent on manual work. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is an expansive, enterprise-grade solution for building and operating automation at scale. By using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Mizuho Information & Research Institute was able to reduce the time it took to configure new resources from six weeks to three days. The company was also able to reduce the manual hours required for the hardware setup by 78%. Additionally, by standardizing Mizuho Cloud (IA) on Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Mizuho Information & Research Institute was able to greatly reduce human errors as well as variations in procedure.

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Currently, Mizuho Cloud (IA) systems for trust banking are being consolidated. The company plans to further automate its operations with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to support these efforts and expand automation to more areas, such as operating systems or middleware, throughout the company. 

To support this initiative, Itochu Techno-Solutions provided consulting, design and development, and Red Hat provided technical product support.

Supporting Quotes
Hiroyoshi Saito, deputy general manager, IT Infrastructure System Division 2, IT Infrastructure System Sector, Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc.
“Seeking both operational stabilization and the need to more quickly spin up new resources to compete in the fast-paced banking industry, we deployed Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate the configuration of our infrastructure. With Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, a de facto standard automation platform, along with the high-quality support provided by Red Hat, we were able to make significant achievements including decreasing the time spent on configuring new hardware as well as reducing manual errors.”

Yoshinori Yoshida, Executive Officer, Deputy COO, Financial Service Group, Itochu Techno-Solutions Corporation
“The adoption of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate its infrastructure has helped Mizuho Information & Research Institute reduce costs and increase efficiency. Going forward, we support Mizuho Financial Group plans to continue expanding automation to new areas of the organization, including networks and the configuration of public cloud.” 

Hirokazu Mochizuki, president and representative director, Red Hat K.K.
“By adding Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to Mizuho Cloud (IA), Mizuho Information & Research Institute was able to limit the potential for unplanned downtime caused by human error and improve resource configuration time while still matching the strict service level required by the banking industry. Through the power of open source, Red Hat will continue to support optimizing IT infrastructures that are capable of responding quickly to changes in the environment surrounding the financial industry.”

Seeking both operational stabilization and the need to more quickly spin up new resources to compete in the fast-paced banking industry, we deployed Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to automate the configuration of our infrastructure. With Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, a de facto standard automation platform, along with the high-quality support provided by Red Hat, we were able to make significant achievements including decreasing the time spent on configuring new hardware as well as reducing manual errors.

Hiroyoshi Saitodeputy general manager, IT Infrastructure System Division 2, IT Infrastructure System Sector, Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc.

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