EasyUse Digital Technology develops enterprise applications and analysis systems that deliver integrated cross-platform services. A premier EasyUse product is the BillHunter electronic billing solution—Taiwan's most comprehensive and widely used electronic billing solution.
With the arrival of big data, many of EasyUse’s corporate clients want value-added services that target consumer needs and behavior, such as more personalized financial information in electronic bills. Offering more details means larger billing files, slows down processing times; hence, the BillHunter system must process increasingly more significant amounts of information faster than ever.
To address this challenge, EasyUse added encoder servers to increase the number of bills that could be processed simultaneously. However, analysis of the resource usage of each encoder system revealed that the bottleneck was in storage performance, not the CPU. An I/O acceleration solution was needed to maximize software and hardware efficiency.
EasyUse incorporated the NeoSapphire™ All-Flash Array (AFA) from AccelStor into its BillHunter product to resolve this issue. These feature high performance and IOPS: the NeoSapphire AFA can reach 360K IOPS and support 10GbE network connectivity, so they connect easily to EasyUse product systems.
Before adopting AccelStor products, scaling out the composition and dispatch of large quantities of e-mail were achieved by increasing the number of encoder/sender servers. But once AccelStor products were adopted, the full power of the CPU and hardware was unleashed. Only one high-spec encoder server matched with one NeoSapphire™ All-Flash Array is needed to generate vast amounts of billing data.
The most apparent benefit of the introduction of the NeoSapphire™ All-Flash Arrays was a significant boost in system performance. All-flash arrays offer superior IOPS performance compared to conventional hard disk arrays. A high level of storage performance can also be maintained for long periods to handle large amounts of system read/write operations. The adoption of the NeoSapphire AFA enables more than quadrupled system performance, so EasyUse can now process far more transactions and customer data in the same amount of time.
After EasyUse started using the NeoSapphire AFA from AccelStor, rapidly reading and writing large amounts of data was no longer a problem. Plus, the costs associated with adding more encoder servers were also reduced.