SL-Rasch works more efficiently with advanced client presentation tools

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SL-Rasch works more efficiently with advanced client presentation tools

  1. 1. Case Study IBM Systems and Technology Construction / Architecture / Engineering SL-Rasch GmbH is a leading engineering and construction company headquartered in Leinfelden-Echterdingen in Germany. Employing 200 people, the company focuses on specialized buildings and lightweight structures, integrating architecture with engineering for an end-to-end service. SL-Rasch develops complex simulations to analyze, for example, how a range of weather conditions will interact with a proposed design. Specifically, the company uses a 180-node cluster for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, performing virtual wind testing to test the stability and reliability of its building designs. A separate 40-node cluster is used for movie rendering, which allows SL-Rasch to create high-quality video presentations to showcase the unique features of its developments. Both simulations and video presentations generate huge amounts of data. As SL-Rasch increased the use and sophistication of its simulation, modeling and video presentation techniques, data volumes rocketed, exposing the limitations of the company’s network infrastructure. Dennis Geldec, Head of IT at SL-Rasch Gmbh explains: “Running at almost full capacity, the network slowed down design and production processes, impacting the customer experience. We wanted to boost customer service by accelerating data processing operations, allowing us to cope better with tight deadlines.” SL-Rasch works more efficiently with advanced client presentation tools Enabling sophisticated HD video editing and simulation, enhancing the customer experience Overview The need As engineering company SL-Rasch GmbH exploited advanced simulation and video techniques, systems slowed down unacceptably, impacting the company’s ability to rapidly test and produce new designs. The solution Working with IBM Business Partner Hamburgnet, SL-Rasch updated its network infrastructure with IBM® System Networking RackSwitch™ components to solve the data throughput challenges. The benefit Offers consistently fast networking and reduces latency even under high loads. SL-Rasch can edit multiple HD videos in real-time, and at 60 percent less cost than predicted, boosting staff productivity.
  2. 2. Case Study IBM Systems and Technology Construction / Architecture / Engineering Low latency for high performance SL-Rasch engaged IBM Business Partner Hamburgnet to optimize its networking environment. Dennis Geldec says: “We evaluated different alternatives, and we were impressed by the quality of the proposed network design, based on IBM System Networking components. As a result, we decided to ask Hamburgnet to implement the IBM System Networking RackSwitch solution, which provided the features and flexibility needed to support our high-performance computing environment.” SL-Rasch deployed IBM System Networking RackSwitch™ G8052 switches to connect its systems, and ultra-low latency IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124E switches were installed to improve the company’s network backbone performance. The IBM solution substantially increases network throughput, and eliminates the network issues at SL-Rasch. Dennis Geldec notes: “Since we are very satisfied with the IBM RackSwitch solutions in our own network, we also use them for the projects we design for clients. The IBM switches provide the flexibility we need to effectively meet changing customer requirements. We can easily set up several virtual networks or add wireless networking functionality as needed without compromising network performance and reliability.” Seeing the impact on employee productivity SL-Rasch has deployed the RackSwitch solutions at its main office. Dennis Geldec remarks: “At our main office where IBM RackSwitch networking components are in place, the high-speed networking solution enables us to operate our rendering farm alongside the video editing environment without any network performance limitations. “Since implementing the IBM networking solution at our main office, we have not experienced any networking problems, and the switches have proved to be reliable, easy to use and deliver excellent performance. Based on this positive experience, we have plans to upgrade networking systems at our secondary office in the near future to further boost performance.” Solution components Hardware • IBM® System Networking RackSwitch™ G8052 • IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124E IBM Business Partner • Hamburgnet
  3. 3. Case Study IBM Systems and Technology Construction / Architecture / Engineering He adds: “When we deployed our video editing solution, some users were not convinced that the RackSwitch components would be able to cope with the high load and strict latency requirements. The IBM solution we implemented in collaboration with Hamburgnet never lets us down.” Dennis Geldec concludes: “We are very happy with the IBM networking systems and the outstanding service from Hamburgnet. While providing the performance we need in our offices and the flexibility we need for our construction projects, investment costs for the IBM switches are 60 percent lower than other solutions that offer the same service quality - making IBM RackSwitch a very cost-efficient option for our projects and clients.” For more information To learn more about IBM networking solutions, contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit us at: ibm.com/networking To learn more about products, services and solutions from Hamburgnet, please visit: www.hamburgnet.de “We are very happy with the IBM networking systems and the outstanding service from Hamburgnet. Investment costs for the IBM switches are 60 percent lower than other solutions that offer the same service quality.” — Dennis Geldec, Head of IT, SL-Rasch Gmbh
  4. 4. QCC03025-WWEN-00 Please Recycle © Copyright IBM Corporation 2013 IBM Deutschland GmbH IBM-Allee 1 71139 Ehningen Deutschland ibm.com/de IBM Österreich Obere Donaustrasse 95 1020 Wien ibm.com/at IBM Schweiz Vulkanstrasse 106 8010 Zürich ibm.com/ch Produced in Germany August 2013 IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com and RackSwitch are trademarks of International Business Machines Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at: www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml. This document is current as of the initial date of publication and may be changed by IBM at any time. Not all offerings are available in every country in which IBM operates. The client examples cited are presented for illustrative purposes only. Actual performance results may vary depending on specific configurations and operating conditions. It is the user’s responsibility to evaluate and verify the operation of any other products or programs with IBM products and programs. THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products are warranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which they are provided.

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