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Murray Goulburn ( Consumer Products, SAP/Power Systems/SVC,Sun)

  1. 1. we know they knowMurray Goulburn solves growth and flexibilitychallenges with IBM Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Overview Company Limited of Melbourne, Australia, is best known for its flagship The Challenge  The Benefits Devondale brand of dairy products. Farmers’ co-operative Murray With the IBM Power Systems Established in 1950, the company has Goulburn wanted to introduce server, Murray Goulburn is able to around 2,900 supplier-shareholders faster and more reliable business run each application environment and is Australia’s largest manufacturer reporting across its nine with exactly the compute capacity of dairy products. For example, its manufacturing sites in Australia. required, meeting its business annual milk intake is some 3.3 billion Existing servers had reached their requirements. With the addition of liters, or 35 per cent of Australian milk processing performance limits and IBM Capacity on Demand, further production. The company generates data storage devices had reached processors may be enabled at more than AS$2.17 billion, with exports capacity. These twin technical times of peak workload to ensure to over 100 countries accounting for issues prevented Murray Goulburn service levels are always met. IBM approximately 9 per cent of world dairy from introducing new applications SAN Volume Controller allows trade. or from adding users, which new storage volumes to be added constrained business operations. without business interruption, The nine Murray Goulburn providing a scalable and low-cost manufacturing sites located The Solution solution to the company’s storage throughout the Australian states of Murray Goulburn migrated from challenge. Victoria and Tasmania employ 2,300 seven Sun servers to a single employees. Keeping track of IBM Power Systems server,  Key Solution Components production, people and finances taking advantage of virtualization Industry: Wholesale Distribution across the whole organization is a capabilities to introduce a high- ® Applications: SAP ERP with complex operation. performance, flexible landscape financial accounting and sales and that solved the processing distribution functionalities, SAP To manage the business, Murray performance issues. To meet the ® NetWeaver Business Intelligence Goulburn was using SAP applications storage challenge, the company ® Hardware: IBM Power Systems™ deployed on Sun servers – three for introduced IBM SAN Volume server production, three for development, Controller, consolidating and ® Software: IBM AIX , IBM SAN and one to run the databases. The virtualizing storage devices. Volume Controller, Oracle ® company was also using a SAN based database Services: IBM Global Business Services
  2. 2. “We wanted a flexible, on Sun storage systems. With 600 and support costs and energy users to support, and ever-increasing efficiency,” says Paul Stancill. “We scalable UNIX platform data volumes to manage, the wanted a flexible, scalable UNIX that could offer high- infrastructure was at the outer edges of platform that could offer high-end end performance, and its capabilities. performance, and IBM quickly IBM quickly demonstrated that Power Systems with demonstrated that Paul Stancill, IT Manager responsible AIX would offer the best value while for IT systems and equipment at meeting the demands of future Power Systems with Murray Goulburn, comments, “Storage expansion.” AIX would offer the capacity had reached its limit, the best value while client refresh and backup processes The single IBM Power Systems server meeting the demands of were taking a very long time, and the running the IBM AIX operating system future expansion.” Sun equipment we had could not be is divided into virtual servers, expanded any further. We were providing self-contained environments Paul Stancil, IT Manager looking for a flexible and scalable for both the original SAP applications Murray Goulburn Co-Operative platform that would enable us to get and for the introduction of the SAP Company Limited our response times back to good NetWeaver Business Intelligence levels and would also allow us to cater component. for further expansion in the future.” With IBM Power Systems, processor Choosing an IBM solution capacity can be assigned to each Murray Goulburn turned to IBM to virtual server exactly as the workload solve the challenge of limited requires. Within the physical server, processor growth by deploying an IBM additional processors may be added Power Systems server, replacing all or subtracted to the available pool seven Sun servers. “Consolidating to a using IBM Capacity on Demand, single server was clearly a good option allowing the company to match its from the point of view of maintenance server infrastructure with the business needs. Paul Stancill comments that IBM Power Systems servers offer “scalability, expandability and the potential to vary our costs to some extent in peak times, with the ability to call processors on or take them off.” To answer the growing storage needs, Murray Goulburn implemented IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), which virtualizes available storage volumes on existing storage devices and pools
  3. 3. them into a single resource, Power Systems – the advantage “Batch jobs that wereindependent of the underlying storage The reduction in physical servers has taking two hours aredevices. Smaller fractions of space on cut the number of CPUs from 26 toseveral different storage systems, just four, with a decline in per- now taking twoincluding direct attached storage, can processor software license fees. minutes; I even havebe collected and re-presented for use Lower footprint and power one housekeeping jobby applications and data; and storage requirements contribute towards a that used to take 24devices can be added, changed and positive environmental impact, as well hours that has nowremoved without disruption. as cutting real estate costs and energy bills. been cut down to twoThe SVC technology has transformed hours.”the storage landscape at Murray The new Power Systems servers also David O’GaraGoulburn, says Paul Stancill: “We did offer considerably greater Senior Basis Administratorhave some experience of SAN through performance, as David O’Gara Murray Goulburn Co-Operativethe Sun A1000 series, but what we remarks: “Batch jobs that were taking Company Limitedfound was that it had a degree of two hours are now taking two minutes;inflexibility that was overcome through I even have one housekeeping jobSAN Volume Controller.” that used to take 24 hours that has now been cut down to two hours.”Moving from Sun to IBMThe migration from the former Sun Looking to the futuremachines to IBM Power Systems With the IBM Power Systems serverservers was handled by IBM Global and SVC in place, Murray Goulburn isBusiness Services, as David O’Gara, now ideally positioned to takeSenior Basis Administrator, reports: advantage of the latest SAP“We completed the whole migration applications.within three months; it went verysmoothly. The actual migration of our Paul Stancill concludes, “We areproduction system happened over the exploring the technology initially byweekend, and on the Monday it was upgrading to SAP ERP 6.0, so that willvirtually a seamless change as far as be our first step.the users were concerned. The onlydifference they found was the “At the same time we will get on to theimprovement in response times. very latest version of Oracle, and that then will enable us to start looking at“We found moving from Solaris to AIX other SAP components like SAPvery simple, very easy. A one-day NetWeaver Business Intelligence anddelta course was all that was needed.” the like, in the knowledge and with the comfort that we have a flexible andIBM Global Business Services scalable platform underneath it thatassisted with system sizing, database we can expand without any disruptionmigration and solution implementation. to the business.”
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