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Medium-sized companies can all too easily become caught up in IT complexity as they add systems to keep up with demands for processing power and storage. Virtualization is the ideal way for these ...

Medium-sized companies can all too easily become caught up in IT complexity as they add systems to keep up with demands for processing power and storage. Virtualization is the ideal way for these companies to simplify IT and make the datacentre a driver for enterprise efficiency.

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    Machine manufacturer cuts power consumption by approximately 30 percent with virtualized Dell infrastructure Machine manufacturer cuts power consumption by approximately 30 percent with virtualized Dell infrastructure Document Transcript

    • Machine manufacturercuts power consumptionby approximately 30per cent with virtualized •  Data consolidation and managementDell infrastructure •  Green efficiency •  Virtualization “ ut of the four O providers that tendered for our virtualization solution, only Dell was capable of delivering the whole solution.” Peter Ruttka, Network and Server Systems Administrator, Hennecke Customer profile Company: Hennecke Industry: Manufacturing Benefits Country: Germany •  Project completed faster with Employees: 380 single end-to-end provider Website: www.hennecke.com •  Power consumption cut by approximately 30 per cent Business need •  Customer service improved due Machine manufacturer Hennecke wanted to boost enterprise efficiency to increased uptime but was constrained by its IT infrastructure. •  Maintenance time reduced by around 50 per cent Solution Guided by Dell consultants, the IT team chose virtualized Dell servers •  Availability maximised with and Dell/EMC centralised storage. ProSupport for IT
    • Medium-sized companies can all too easily become caught up in IT complexity as they add systems to keep up with demands for processing power and storage. Virtualization is the ideal way for these companies to simplify IT and make the datacentre a driver for enterprise efficiency. Based in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, three years. The session, part of Dell’s Hennecke is a world leader in Workshop, Assessment, Design & processing equipment for polyurethane, Implementation (WADI) methodology,“ hanks to our T a highly versatile plastic. The company convinced Hennecke to work with is renowned for its technological Dell. Says Ruttka: “As part of the Dell virtualized Dell innovation and wanted to reflect this by workshop, assessment and design PowerEdge servers creating a modern and environmentally sustainable IT infrastructure. It had process, our Dell Account Manager brought in a technical expert who … and Intel® Xeon® accumulated 15 servers, which were worked with us to define the best expensive and time-consuming to solution. This was great, because Processors 5520, we run. What’s more, Hennecke’s storage although we knew what outcome have reduced our solution, based on direct-attached storage arrays, was unreliable, difficult we wanted, we were unfamiliar with virtualization technology. Dell’s server count by one to manage and had insufficient capacity. consultant helped ensure that we chose the right infrastructure.” third, cutting power Peter Ruttka, Network and Server Systems Administrator at Hennecke, consumption by knew that virtualized servers and approximately 30 centralised storage would help solve the challenges. The company issued Technology in practice per cent.” an invitation to tender and shortlisted Services four vendors, including Dell, which hadPeter Ruttka, Network and Server served Hennecke well with desktops Dell ProConsultSystems Administrator, Hennecke and laptops for a number of years. –  Workshop, Assessment, Design Ruttka and his team immediately & Implementation (WADI) realised that Dell offered a clear Dell ProSupport for IT advantage. “Out of the four providers –  Mission Critical option that tendered for our virtualization solution, only Dell was capable of Hardware delivering the whole solution. As such, we would avoid having to deal with Dell™ PowerEdge™ R710 servers multiple companies and therefore with Intel® Xeon® Processors 5520 complete the project more quickly. Dell AX4-5I storage array We’re a medium-sized business with a small IT team, so this was an attractive Dell PowerConnect™ 6224F proposition for us,” he says. switches Dell WADI methodology helps Software determine optimum solution VMware® vSphere™ 4 Essentials Dell consultants organised a workshop –  VMware ESX server software at Hennecke’s premises to assess the company’s needs and design a solution VMware vCenter™ Server to support the company for at least
    • Power consumption cut by around 30 per cent Maintenance time cut by around 50 per centAdvised by Dell’s consultant, the IT consumption while increasingteam opted for two Dell™ PowerEdge™ performance. These include efficientR710 servers with Intel® Xeon® supply units and thermal managementProcessors 5520. The R710 is built tools. Also, the Intel® Processor 5500 “ ur Dell Owith increased memory capacity, series uses Intel® Intelligent Powermaking it ideal for scalability and Technology, which automatically puts virtualizationvirtualization performance, which iswhat Hennecke wanted. The company servers into the lowest available power state while maintaining performance. solution enableschose to virtualize the servers with Together, these technologies us to run our entirecost-effective VMware® vSphere™ 4 help Hennecke minimise powerEssentials software, designed especially consumption. infrastructure fromfor IT environments with fewer than20 servers. For storage, the IT team Customer service improved a single console.decided on a Dell AX4-5I storage array, due to increased uptime As a result, wewhich would connect the servers Thanks to its Dell virtualization solution,via iSCSI. The company added Dell the company has reduced disruptions save around 50 perPowerConnect™ 6224F switches tocomplete the infrastructure. Dell’s due to unscheduled downtime. VMware vSphere 4 Essentials with cent on routineconsultants implemented the solution VMware ESX server software provides maintenance.”in just four days. automatic failover for the seven virtual machines running on the PowerEdge Peter Ruttka, Network and ServerEnergy consumption cut by Systems Administrator, Hennecke R710 hosts. And the Dell AX4-5I storageapproximately 30 per cent array provides centralised storageHennecke opted for a gradual that supports virtualization and helpsmigration, initially transferring seven reduce downtime further. Says Ruttka:of its 15 existing servers to the two “Our virtualized Dell infrastructure isvirtualized Dell PowerEdge servers and much more reliable than our previousreducing the number of machines in environment. This helps us protect theits datacentre by 33 per cent. “Thanks continuity of operations, which meansto our virtualized Dell PowerEdge we can serve our customers better.”servers with Energy Smart technology With more uptime, employees canand Intel® Xeon® Processors 5520, we react quickly to changing customerhave reduced our server count by one needs. Meanwhile, the IT team canthird, cutting power consumption respond to business growth faster byby approximately 30 per cent. This is provisioning virtual servers in minutes,important, not just because it lowers using templates in VMware vCenter™our costs, but because it strengthens Server for Essentials. For example,our standing as an environmentally when Hennecke needed two newaware manufacturer,” says Ruttka. web servers for its sales and financeThe PowerEdge R710 is built with function, the IT team had the virtualEnergy Smart technologies that machines ready with just a few clicksare designed to reduce power of a mouse.
    • This is a vast improvement compared don’t have to do as much overtimeto previously, when it took the team and have more resources available forweeks to order and configure newphysical machines. Also, the team no strategic tasks such as developing new applications and supporting end users,” “t’s reassuring to Ilonger has to worry about running Ruttka explains. know that we haveout of storage capacity to supportHennecke’s operations because the Availability maximised with access to support ProSupport for ITDell array can be expanded by around60 hard drives and will provide storage The IT team chose to protect the at any time. Wefor up to 64 servers. infrastructure with Dell ProSupport for have complete IT Mission Critical option. This meansMaintenance time reduced that Hennecke can rely on immediate confidence in Dellby around 50 per centVMware vCenter Server helps the telephone assistance from Dell 24/7, as well as on-site service within and really feel thatIT team run its virtualized Dell four hours, if required. In this way, we’re in safe hands.”infrastructure more efficiently, thanks Hennecke maximises the availabilityto centralised management and of its solution. Says Ruttka: “So far, we Peter Ruttka, Network and Serverperformance monitoring. Functions have had no issues with our virtualized Systems Administrator, Henneckesuch as task scheduling and alerts Dell infrastructure, but it’s reassuringare automated, so the IT team can to know that we have access towork proactively to prevent any support at any time. We have completeissues. For example, the IT team is confidence in Dell and really feel thatalerted whenever it needs to allocate we’re in safe hands.”additional resources to a server. “OurDell virtualization solution enablesus to run our entire infrastructure For more information go to:from a single console. As a result, we dell.com/casestudies/emea andsave around 50 per cent on routine dell.de/casestudiesmaintenance, which means that weThe efficient enterprise runs on Dell: efficiententerprise.comAvailability and terms of Dell Services vary by region. For more information, visit: dell.com/servicedescriptions© June 2010, Dell Inc. Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. Intel, Intel Xeon, and the Intel logo are registeredtrademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. This case studyis for informational purposes only. dell makes no warranties, express or implied, in this case study.Reference number: 10008269.