Moscow Exchange actively promotes the development of the Russian financial market and its infrastructure, while increasing the attractiveness of its trading floors and services for domestic investors, foreign investors and issuers. Almost all business processes at Moscow Exchange rely on the use of information technology and IT infrastructure. The business needs that IT must meet are constantly growing and changing. Developing the appropriate services for customers is impossible without the continuous improvement and growth of the IT exchange and its systems.
The bulk of Moscow Exchange’s IT infrastructure is located in two data centers in Moscow. This infrastructure includes more than 3,000 physical servers and almost 2,000 virtual machines (VMs). VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V are used as hypervisors for Moscow Exchange’s virtual environment. The amount of data that Moscow Exchange needs to back up is more than 230 TB.
The Moscow Exchange has always faced the ambitious task of not only improving the quality of the service it provides, including maximizing the speed of processing applications submitted by bidders, but also it needs to ensure the highest level of uninterrupted operation of all processes. These processes include both direct trading, pre-trading and post-trading operations. The challenge that IT specialists now face is improving the availability of IT systems so that they’re available to clients 24.7.365. The combination of these two tasks make backup policies extremely important for Moscow Exchange’s business continuity. On one hand, each critical node not only needs a backup, but the ability to recover in the event of a logical error or human interference. Backup processes also need to occur very quickly and on a precise schedule to avoid affecting the availability of systems for users.
Most of the critical systems at Moscow Exchange are virtualized, except for systems and solutions that require bare metal deployment due to the specifics of the provided service (i.e., real-time systems). As a solution, and to ensure the continuity and uninterrupted operation of virtual systems during a backup of Moscow Exchange, Veeam Availability Suite was chosen.
The main requirement that Moscow Exchange had when choosing a solution was that the solution had the ability to easily and quickly create backups that can be restored in the future. This means that any infrastructure change that may lead to undesirable consequences can be quickly rolled back and not breach the required service level agreements (SLAs) for business continuity. The second deciding factor was that Veeam Availability Suite allows for compliance with the 99.98% uptime and redundancy that’s required by Moscow Exchange. Starting with data centers and network solutions and ending with servers and storage systems. All critical solutions have their own fallbacks, which complicates their operation, but significantly increases reliability.
“The use of Veeam Availability Suite began about four years ago with the transfer of the exchange’s critical systems to the VMware virtual environment. This required a backup and recovery solution for the virtual machines,” said Pavel Mescheryakov, Head of System Administration in the Office of ICT Service at Moscow Exchange. “In addition, it was necessary to perform continuous monitoring of the virtual environment and backup infrastructures by creating reports showing resource usage and load. To achieve this, the specialists of the Moscow Exchange chose Veeam Availability Suite, which includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE.”
When choosing a solution for business continuity, Moscow Exchange considered the following factors: 1.) Rapid recovery of virtual machines (VMs), applications or OS files, 2.) restoration from backup images of data storage systems that are used by Moscow Exchange and 3.) the ability to test backups and replicas in an isolated environment. The ability to perform round-the-clock monitoring of the virtual environments while also raising various kinds of alerts was also a very important feature. This allows events to be responded to in a timely manner and to avoid degradation in the performance of the virtual environment.
Veeam Availability Suite is regularly used by the IT specialists of Moscow Exchange. So, when the organization suffered a sudden failure of a VM’s gateway, the degradation time of the system was minimized by using Veeam’s Instant VM Recovery® system. The failed VM was immediately restored from backup and brought back into production.
«Additional advantages of choosing Veeam’s solution for Moscow Exchange include the presence of round-the-clock technical support in Russia and the possibility to receive training by working with the IT products of the Moscow Exchange by Veeam’s technical specialists. Our partnership with Veeam helps IT-specialists of Moscow Exchange achieve high performance in reliability and business continuity», — says Dmitry Shcheglov, member of the board and Chief Operating Officer of Moscow Exchange.
Moscow Exchange Group includes Moscow Exchange PJSC, which operates the only multifunctional exchange platform in Russia for trading stocks, bonds, derivatives, currency, monetary instruments and goods. The Moscow Exchange also actively promotes the development of the Russian financial market and its infrastructure and increases the attractiveness of its trading floors and services for domestic and foreign investors and issuers.
Moscow Exchange has always faced the ambitious task of not only improving the quality of the services it provides, including maximizing the speed of processing applications submitted by bidders, but also ensuring the highest level of uninterrupted operation of all processes. These processes include direct trading, pre-trading and post-trading operations. The challenge that IT specialists now face is improving the availability of the IT systems so it’s available to clients 24.7.365. The combination of these two tasks make backup technologies crucial for the continuity of business processes.