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Thailand revisited – HDS User Conference

by Hu Yoshida on Aug 23, 2008

I was in Bangkok last week to visit Kuhn Taveesak Saenthong and his team for the Hitachi Data Systems Thailand User Conference. There were over 400 people in attendance with around 300 signed up for the Enterprise track. The hot topics were storage virtualization, Services Oriented Storage, and Active Archive.

Some of the highlights were presentations by Kuhn Satit Viddayakorn, VP of Bangkok hospital who talked about “Delivering Value Beyond Storage in Healthcare” and Kuhn Stephen Lehman, IT Director, International School Bangkok, who talked about “Delivering Value Beyond Storage in Education”. Our partner, Stream IT, demonstrated the ease of doing storage virtualization by simply plugging external storage into a FC port on a USP VM and having our system discover the external LUNs and present them as though they were the USP VM’s LUNs.

The presentation which drew the most attention was by Lt. Col. Naravit Pao-In, Special Case Inquiry Official of special Investigation, who spoke on the Thailand Computer Crimes Act of 2008 which is going into effect this month. In order to prosecute perpetrators of computer crime, like hackers, this act will require service providers, defined as persons who provide services to the public in terms of access to the internet or in terms of storing computer data, to retain data about user traffic for 90 days. This traffic data includes data related to computer systems-based communications showing sources of origin, starting points, destinations, routes, time, dates, volumes, time periods, types of services or others related to that computer system’s communication. This traffic data must be kept for 90 days or longer if required by the “competent official”. In addition, the service provider must retain information about the service user from the time the service begins until 90 days after the service agreement is terminated. There was a lot of discussion of what constituted a “computer systems based communications” and it appears that much of this still needs to be sorted out.

While this obviously means that more data needs to be stored, it also means that that this data needs to be stored in an active archive. Storing this on backup tapes would not work, since this applies to individual users, who must be identified before the records are delivered to the “Competent Official”.  The privacy of other legitimate users must be protected and officials can not use this as a fishing expedition for other purposes. This is happening against a backdrop of an explosion in communications due to 3G migration and mobile devices.

This is why there is a great deal of interest in the HDS HCAP solution for active archive. HCAP can ingest content in any number of standard protocols, like NFS, CIFS, Webdav, HTTPS, etc., and provide a common search across different modalities. With the addition of HDS NAS systems like HNAS, and an HDDS, Hitachi Data Discovery Suite, service providers will be able to do a common search across file and HCAP content repositories.   Since HCAP uses a SAIN (SAN Array of Independent Nodes) it can scale to petabyte capacities by adding HCAP nodes into a centrally managed cluster.

The last time I visited Kuhn Taveesak, there had been a coup and curfews had just been lifted. The streets of Bangkok were flooded and Taveesak and I wrapped plastic garbage bags around our feet to wade through the water to our meetings. I spoke to a user group of about 20 CIOs.  In little more than a year, the streets are now flooded with cars, making it difficult to make the many meetings that had been scheduled. Now I am speaking to hundreds of customers, about advanced storage solutions like Active Archive. The growth in Thailand has been phenomenal.

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Comments (2 )

Ashish Batwara on 28 Aug 2008 at 3:15 pm

Looks like this will introduce more security and result in flood of data to be stored. People can not use public Wi-Fi as it will defeat the sole purpose of introducing this. I hope this data will be disclosed only to certain officials per request based upon some suspicious activities.

sujeet singh on 14 Dec 2009 at 2:48 am

Can we have you visiting our venue as well at your next visit to Thailand

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