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Sony Europe maximizes availability for SAP applications with IBM System z, Power Systems and DB2

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Working with IBM, Sony Europe migrated from Oracle to IBM DB2, running on the IBM System z mainframe platform, with SAP applications running on IBM AIX on IBM Power Systems servers. The company has …

Working with IBM, Sony Europe migrated from Oracle to IBM DB2, running on the IBM System z mainframe platform, with SAP applications running on IBM AIX on IBM Power Systems servers. The company has continued to upgrade and extend this architecture, and has also introduced new systems such as the IBM Systems Solution for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator.

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  • 1. Sony Europe maximizes availability Overviewfor SAP applications with IBM ChallengeSystem z, Power Systems and DB2 Sony Europe’s original SAP ERP implementation could not deliverSony Europe is the Sony Corporation’s database server was struggling to cope the level of performance thatmarketing, sales and distribution with the workload, and performance the company’s internationalorganization for the whole of Europe was suffering,” says Gill Hanlon, Senior operations required as furtherand Russia. It operates across 38 Technical Consultant at Sony Europe. countries were being added tocountries and 13 time zones, employs “We had expanded our existing server the platform.6,000 employees, and generates annual hardware as far as we could, so werevenues of €8 billion. needed to change to a new platform.” Solution Upgraded to IBM System z10 forOriginally, Sony’s European operations The company had two options: move improved performance, enablingoperated independently in each country, Oracle onto an even larger and more the introduction of new weband each national subsidiary was expensive UNIX server from Sun, or shops and a sophisticated onlineresponsible for its own IT systems. migrate to IBM DB2 for z/OS, running ‘Configure To Order’ capability for on the IBM System z mainframe the Sony VAIO product range.To increase efficiency, improve data platform.quality and reduce management costs, Key benefitsSony Europe began a major project to “We have always been an IBM shop The combination of System z10,standardize the IT architecture across from a hardware perspective, and Parallel Sysplex® and PowerHA onEurope, and began migrating to a single we had built an excellent working Power Systems servers deliverscentral SAP ERP solution. The company relationship with IBM, so we were keen very high availability for theinitially chose to support SAP with an to stay on an IBM hardware platform,” company’s business-critical SAP,Oracle database, which ran on an IBM explains Hanlon. web and reporting environments.AIX platform. “We had some mainframe expertise as“Within a couple of years of the there was a legacy system running onimplementation, our SAP landscape an old mainframe, and this applicationhad expanded to the point where the was due to be phased out. We orderedCase study
  • 2. a new mainframe to act as our SAP database server, and migrated the system. There were some challenges “We have always been at first, as we were fairly early adopters an IBM shop from a of SAP on the DB2 platform, but the hardware perspective,Business Challenge system soon started to deliver what we and we had built an had hoped.” excellent workingSony Europe’s original SAP ERP relationship with IBM,implementation, based on an Oracle High availability with System z so we were keendatabase running on high-end UNIX The combination of System z to stay on an IBMservers, was struggling to deal with mainframes in a Parallel Sysplex cluster hardware platform." configuration and DB2 for z/OS inthe demands of business growth,and could not deliver the level of data sharing mode provides a highly "We were confidentperformance that the company’s available and scalable data-serving that the combinationinternational operations required – platform, which is ideal for supporting of DB2 andespecially as further countries were business-critical applications such as System z would offerbeing added to the platform. SAP. the best solution on the market in terms of This level of availability is critical for availability. ” Sony Europe, because the company operates across many time zones and Gill Hanlon users need to be able to access the Senior Technical Consultant Sony SAP systems 24 hours a day. Europe “Any SAP downtime could potentially have significant cost implications, especially in important sales periods a low level of unplanned downtime such as the lead up to Christmas,” in the last seven years of continuous comments Hanlon. “We were confident operation.” that the combination of DB2 and System z would offer the best solution Meeting the demands of on the market in terms of availability. business growth Sony Europe used its System z990 “The resilience of the cluster is mainframes to support the SAP excellent, and we have experienced database successfully for more 2
  • 3. than five years. During this time, the processors offers greater performancecompany continued to roll out SAP and energy efficiency, enabling theERP, SAP CRM and SAP Supply Chain company to process more data, moreManagement to more countries across quickly, for the same cost.Europe, and also saw a considerableexpansion in online sales via its SAP The new machines deliver a boost to SolutionCustomer Relationship Management database performance for the SAPsystem. environment, making it easy to support Working with IBM, the company the growing SAP environment. migrated from Oracle to IBM“The launch of the Sony Style web DB2, running on the IBMshops was a huge success, and we Simpler maintenance, System z mainframe platform, withalso introduced a ‘Configure To Order’ slimmer storage SAP applications running on IBM AIXsystem for our VAIO product range,” DB2 is famous for its ability to reduce on IBM Power Systems servers. Theexplains Gill Hanlon. the need for planned outages by company has continued to upgrade eliminating offline maintenance and extend this architecture, and has“This added to the size and complexity processes. also introduced new systems suchof the SAP landscape, and placed as the IBM Systems Solution for SAPadditional strain on the database. “DB2’s online reorg feature is a huge NetWeaver Business Warehouse advantage,” says Hanlon. “If we had Accelerator.“We were frequently hitting maximum to take the database offline everycapacity on the z990 machines, and time we needed to do a reorg, thealthough we were able to use On-Off potential downtime involved would beCapacity on Demand to handle peaks significant – but DB2 can handle it onin workload, we realized that we the fly, without any significant impact onneeded a more permanent solution.” users.”To meet the additional performance The SAP Computer Centrerequirements, Sony Europe decided to Management System (CCMS) is usedupgrade from System z990 to System to monitor the SAP systems, passingz10 Enterprise Class machines, linked SAP alerts to the company’s monitoringto IBM System Storage DS8300 disk systems. Other tools, such as the IBMsystems via FICON Express4 channels z/OS Resource Management Facilityfor extremely fast I/O performance. (RMF), help to measure performance and tune DB2 for optimumThis generation of mainframe performance. 3
  • 4. Key Solution Components The company is also using DB2 data compression technologies to reduceIndustry the impact of growing data volumes “This high availabilityElectronics, Consumer Products, on its storage landscape. The SAP setup for theWholesale Distribution production environment now contains application servers 4 TB of data, which is held using IBM works as an excellentApplications System Storage DS8300 disk systems. complement to theSAP ERP Financials, Sales ® The combination of the compression 99.999 percentOrder Processing, Supply Chain technology and the highly cost-effective availability of theManagement and Human Capital enterprise-class DS8300 disk storage database that isManagement; SAP Advanced ensures that Sony Europe keeps its delivered by thePlanning and Optimization; SAP storage costs to a minimum. System z ParallelCustomer Relationship Management; Sysplex.”SAP Supplier Relationship In the near future, the company intendsManagement; SAP NetWeaver ® to upgrade to the latest version of DB2 Gill HanlonApplication Server, SAP NetWeaver for z/OS, which promises to deliver Senior Technical Consultant SonyBusiness Warehouse, SAP significant performance improvements EuropeNetWeaver Business Warehouse and further improve cost-efficiency byAccelerator. reducing CPU usage and allowing for index compression.Hardware in progress, with pairs of partitionsIBM System z10 Enterprise Class, ® SAP applications on Power clustered between the two machines toIBM Power 795, IBM BladeCenter ® ® Systems ensure high availability.H with Intel Xeon processor-based ® ® From the application perspective, SonyHS22 and IBM POWER7 processor- ® Europe is running a wide range of SAP “If one partition crashes, or one of thebased JS22 blade servers, IBM solutions, including SAP ERP Financials, processors develops a fault – or evenSystem Storage DS8300. ® Supply Chain Management and Human if one entire machine fails – we can just Capital Management, SAP Customer fail the SAP Central Services over to theSoftware Relationship Management, SAP other node of the cluster and keep theIBM AIX , IBM DB2 for z/OS , ® ® ® Supplier Relationship Management and application running,” explains Hanlon.IBM z/OS, SUSE Linux Enterprise ® SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse.Server, Microsoft Windows Server, ® ® “This high availability setup for theSAP Computer Center Management These run in IBM AIX partitions on application servers works as anSystem (CCMS). two IBM Power 595 servers, with excellent complement to the 99.999 a migration to two IBM Power 795 percent availability of the database that 4
  • 5. at full capacity, so the Sony team decided to implement 10 POWER6 IBM “The ability to add BladeCenter JS12 blade servers to run individual POWER this new environment. Within the last blade servers to meet few months, another four blades have specific workload been added – this time BladeCenter Business Benefits requirements is a PS701 servers. major advantage • Upgrading to System z10 of the platform, “The ability to add individual POWER has improved performance, and helped us deal blade servers to meet specific workload accelerating SAP response speed with the additional requirements is a major advantage of and enabling the introduction of demands of our new the IBM BladeCenter platform, and new web shops and a sophisticated Java environment.” helped us deal with the additional online ‘Configure To Order’ demands of our new Java environment capability for the Sony VAIO quickly and effectively,” says Hanlon. Gill Hanlon product range. Senior Technical Consultant Sony Sony Europe is currently in the process Europe • The combination of Parallel of replacing its Power 595 servers with Sysplex on the System z servers a pair of new Power 795 machines. and PowerHA on the Power Built around IBM POWER7 processors, Systems servers deliversis delivered by the System z Parallel these new servers should significantly very high availability for theSysplex.” increase the capacity of the SAP company’s business-critical SAP application environment. environments.Recently, the company worked on aproject to upgrade its SAP Customer SAP applications on • The Business WarehouseRelationship Management application, BladeCenter Accelerator solution has greatlyand increased the use of the SAP In addition to the Power Systems improved business intelligenceVirtual Machine Container to run Java environment, Sony Europe also runs performance.workloads within the SAP environment. some of its SAP applications on IntelThis increased the CPU requirements processor-based hardware from IBM.of the system, in terms of both capacity SAP NetWeaver Application Serverand speed. runs on IBM BladeCenter HS22 servers in a Microsoft Windows environment,The existing POWER5 processor- supporting the Sony Europe websitebased servers were already running and the front-end for the web shops. 5
  • 6. IBM Deutschland GmbH D-70548 Stuttgart ibm.com/solutions/sap IBM, the IBM logo, and ibm.com are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. A current list of other IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright and trademark information” at http://www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml“We also use the IBM Systems Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Xeon and the Intel Xeonsolution for SAP NetWeaver Business logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the UnitedWarehouse Accelerator, which is an “POWER7 technology States and other countries. UNIX is a registered promises to trademark of The Open Group in the United StatesIBM BladeCenter-based solution,” and other countries. Linux is a trademark of Linussays Gill Hanlon. “It uses Intel Xeon provide even better Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both. Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT, and theprocessor-based blades to significantly performance for the Windows logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries,improve business intelligence query future, and innovative or both.performance: we have seen response solutions such as the Other company, product or service names may be trademarks, or service marks of others.times reduced significantly.” Business Warehouse This case study illustrates how one IBM customer Accelerator give us a uses IBM and/or IBM Business Partner technologies/services. Many factors haveSignificant business benefits significant advantage contributed to the results and benefits described. IBM does not guarantee comparable results. AllHanlon concludes: “With the in terms of rapid, information contained herein was provided by the featured customer and/or IBM Business Partner.combination of IBM hardware and responsive reporting IBM does not attest to its accuracy. All customer across the entire examples cited represent how some customersthe DB2 database platform, we have have used IBM products and the results they maybuilt an infrastructure that delivers European business.” have achieved. Actual environmental costs and performance characteristics will vary dependingclass-leading availability for our SAP on individual customer configurations and conditions.application landscape, combined with Gill Hanlon This publication is for general guidance only.the performance we need to support Photographs may show design models. Senior Technical Consultant Sony © Copyright IBM Corp. 2011. All rights reserved.our growing business. This has enabled Europeus to extend our use of SAP CustomerRelationship Management to supportthe Sony Style web shops and providea more tailored service for customersof our Sony VAIO product range, since © Copyright 2011 SAP AG SAP AGthey can now customize their order Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 16 D-69190 Walldorfonline and get a computer built to their SAP, the SAP logo, SAP and all other SAP productsexact specifications.” and services mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries.Gill Hanlon concludes, “The moveto POWER7 technology promises toprovide even better performance for thefuture, and innovative solutions such asthe Business Warehouse Acceleratorgive us a significant advantage in termsof rapid, responsive reporting across SPC03321-GBEN-01 (June 2011)the entire European business.”

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