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The first IBM Shark Enterprise Storage Server in Russia has
brought the State Committee of the Russian Federation for
Statistics, better known as the Goskomstat, into the 21st

Combined with an IBM S/390, the Shark will automate the
government's 2002 Census efforts in addition to managing the
day-to-day information demands of government agencies, the
media, the academic community, and domestic and
international companies and institutions. The IBM storage
solution already has improved data management by 15 to 20
times and enabled Goskomstat to successfully address the Y2K

Goskomstat, whose 30,000 employees oversee 89 territorial
and 2,200 regional divisions, draws upon an integrated
statistics network operating on regional, territorial and
federal levels as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Several years ago, Goskomstat faced the difficult challenge
of upgrading its computing power. In the mid-90s, it began
running short of resources and found itself struggling to
meet deadlines for database management and responding to
requests from its clients for data and information delivery.
Worse still, the computing functionality available at the
time was not enough to support additional tasks, such as the
creation of multi-level, data storage.

In the summer of 1999, experts of the International Bank for
Reconstruction and Development investigated the situation
and concluded that Goskomstat's Centre needed to upgrade its
computer hardware and software to meet the challenges of the
day as well as addressing the Year 2000 (Y2K) date problem.
Goskomstat executives began looking for a solution that
would preserve the database they had created and their
investment in application software. They turned to IBM's
S/390 architecture.

The next step was to select disk and tape systems for
multi-level data storage. A thorough market study identified
the most advanced hardware: an IBM S/390 attached to a Shark
Enterprise Storage Server, a Tape Library IBM Magstar along
with accessory hardware and application software. The
contract is valued at $1 million, with 30 percent of the
contract price accounted for by the software.

A package solution was supplied to Goskomstat at the end of
December 1999, and a pilot operation was commissioned for
February 2000.

By that time, the administration of the main register was
moved over to S/390. The main register contains Goskomstat's
largest databases, such as the Integrated Register of
Enterprises and Organisations (IREO), company accountancy
reporting databases, the database of subjects of statistical
oversight and the classification database. The databases of
the IREO, covering legal entities, containing five million
entries from all over Russia.

According to Alexander Mendelev, head of the S/390 system
and database administration at Goskomstat, the mainframe was
the best choice for managing large databases. "The system
operates reliably and, as we ran tests using other platforms
to manage similar databases, the advantages of S/390 became
quite clear."

The excellent performance of the S/390-based system
motivated Goskomstat's decision to use it to process the
results of the federal census, which will be conducted in
2002, and to continue to build up the system. Goskomstat has
already shown great interest in Tivoli Lotus Development
product families that would optimise management of its
information resources. Lotus Domino will be introduced very

Goskomstat became Russia's first IBM customer in an area
that requires the use of the most advanced data processing
and storage technology. The Shark ESS assures fast access to
huge data arrays and broadens the range of tasks that can be
performed. The system is an ideal solution for efficient and
competitive resource planning and streamlining the use of
valuable processing power.

Mendelev says that the next major challenge for the new
system is introduction of integrated document management
standards for the Union of Russia and Belarus.

The 'Shark' Enterprise Storage Server is the high
performance disk storage solution from IBM, the world leader
in storage systems, software, services and technology. Built
on the foundation of IBM's Seascape Storage Enterprise
Architecture, 'Shark' works with Windows NT, UNIX, Novell
NetWare, S/390 and AS/400 -- and with a variety of
interfaces, including Fibre Channel, Ultra SCSI and ESCON.
'Shark' incorporates IBM unique technology such as Parallel
Access Volumes (PAV) currently unavailable in competing
systems from EMC and Hitachi Data Systems.

For more information on the Enterprise Storage Server and
its performance advantages over competing products, visit


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