Leading pump manufacturercuts energy costs by DKK1.3 million with globalstandards-based IT • Backup, recovery and archiving • Data consolidation and management infrastructure • Green efficiency • Migration • Standardisation • Virtualization “We gained the best global supplier by choosing Dell. It provided us with a full-time project manager to help roll out a standardised solution worldwide.” Karsten Steen Sørensen, Group Vice President, Grundfos Group Customer profile Company: Grundfos Group Industry: Manufacturing & Logistics Country: Denmark Employees: 18,000 Benefits Website: www.grundfos.com • Customer rolls out new environments faster Business need • onsolidated platform will save more C To increase efficiency and centralise operations, Grundfos Group than DKK 1 million in energy costs wanted to standardise IT platforms across its 200 sites. The existing • usiness lowers carbon emissions by B infrastructures included proprietary systems, which were complex around 700 tons in Denmark and 1,600 and expensive to run. tons globally • T reduces costs by around 20 per cent I Solution Grundfos Group’s project team used the expertise of Dell consultants per end user to create a standards-based infrastructure. It featured Dell rack and • ustomer gains consistent support C blade servers, as well as Dell EqualLogic storage. Dell ProSupport across 45-plus countries helps maximise IT performance across the group.
Grundfos Group, headquartered in Denmark, is one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers, with an annual production of more than 16 million pump units and a market share in circulator pumps of approximately 50 per cent. The organisation, which employs around 18,000 people worldwide, continues to grow and operates more than 80 companies. Its success has been the result of to reduce procurement cycles, giving both natural growth and acquisition. it greater business agility. This – along“We’re using the reports But while acquiring companies gave with the fact that the Dell account Grundfos Group instant presence in team understood Grundfos Group’s from our Dell Service local markets, it also created a number expectations – made Dell the preferred Delivery Manager to of issues, not least concerning IT. It left service partner for a standardised the organisation with many localised back-end rollout. Furthermore, the increase the efficiency infrastructures, which used a mixture Dell team offered a significant number of IT and reduce the of IT solutions to deliver applications of customer references to highlight and storage. Though reliability the solution provider’s credentials. number of support was good, cost and management issues.” complexity became key challenges due to the lack of standardisation.Karsten Steen Sørensen, Karsten Steen Sørensen, Group ViceGroup Vice President, Technology at workGrundfos Group President at Grundfos Group, wanted to consolidate the group’s entire IT Services landscape to a single platform and Dell Consulting Services resolve the current issues, creating a - Workshop, Assessment, Design foundation for greater efficiency. He & Implementation says: “By moving to a single IT solution provider, we could significantly reduce Dell ProSupport Enterprise-Wide Contract (EWC) our overheads and deliver more - Service Delivery Manager effective IT across the business.” Hardware Company finds the ideal standards-based solution Dell™ PowerEdge™ M610 blade for global rollout servers with Intel® Xeon® processors 5630 series Grundfos Group created an enterprise- efficient platform to deliver better Dell PowerEdge M1000e modular IT across its 200 sites with Dell. The blade enclosures business assessed solutions from IBM Dell PowerEdge R610 servers with and HP – both of which were already Intel Xeon processors 5630 series IT providers to the organisation – before choosing to standardise its Dell EqualLogic PS4000E, PS4000X, PS6000E and PS6000X infrastructure on Dell technology. storage area networks Karsten Sørensen says: “We quickly decided to adopt a standards-based Dell PowerVault™ MD1000 storage rather than a proprietary solution arrays because we gained the same high performance but with lower Software maintenance costs.” VMware® Enterprise License Agreement Dell understood Grundfos Group’s business needs. The Dell team had Quest software expertise in managing global projects and offered the group a direct model
Karsten Sørensen says: “We gained the IT team can roll out new best global supplier by choosing Dell. environments faster and in parallel It provided us with a full-time project Grundfos Group has gained a “Compared with a rack-manager to help roll out a standardised standardised platform and a based environment, thesolution worldwide. In addition, each deployment process that can be easilyof our sites across more than 45 repeated at multiple sites – saving cabling for our bladecountries would receive the same time and resources. At the heart of server infrastructure ishighly responsive level of support.” the infrastructure is a combination of Dell™ PowerEdge™ M610 blade servers less complex. It helpsCreating a standardised platform and Dell PowerEdge R610 servers take the complexityis easier with Dell consultants with Intel® Xeon® processors 5630,The organisation created the ideal to support the organisation’s more out of IT and makes us solution for standardising the global processing-intensive applications. more efficient.” infrastructure with help from Dell Grundfos Group chose the servers Karsten Steen Sørensen, services. First, the Dell Consulting because of their design, ease of Group Vice President, Services team held workshops to installation and low maintenance Grundfos Group discuss the organisation’s objectives costs. Plus, they were ideal for and establish a model environment. delivering the infrastructures’“The workshops demonstrated that underlying virtualization technology Business stores data more Dell was prepared to listen to our VMware, providing embedded effectively, increasing ideas and adjust its proposals,” says hypervisors to reduce installation enterprise efficiency Karsten Sørensen. “We wanted to times. Karsten Sørensen comments: Each Grundfos Group location create a platform that delivered “We can quickly roll out new platforms protects its data using a combination great performance and was simple in parallel at different sites with our of Dell EqualLogic PS4000E, PS4000X, to manage. We saw the advantages virtualized solution from Dell.” PS6000E and PS6000X storage area in virtualizing the infrastructure for The PowerEdge blade servers are networks (SANs), and Dell PowerVault™ energy efficiency and management housed in Dell PowerEdge M1000e MD1000 storage arrays. “The ease simplicity.” With this in mind, the Dell modular blade enclosures, helping to of use and scalability really stood consultants assessed the needs of simplify management. “The advantage out with the Dell EqualLogic and Grundfos Group to determine the of the Dell PowerEdge blade PowerVault storage solution,” says solution’s processing requirements enclosures is their snap-in scalability,” Karsten Sørensen. IT personnel can and storage capacity. This was quickly says Karsten Sørensen. “Adding a blade now administer the SANs and storage followed by a pilot project, where server is as simple as slotting a unit arrays without the need for specialised Dell technicians deployed a number into the enclosure and powering it up.” training, and local sites can grow, of infrastructures at seven sites in five The adoption of the blade enclosures knowing they have sufficient data countries, and migrated existing data to has also reduced cabling. Karsten capacity. Furthermore, Dell EqualLogic virtual environments. During the pilot Sørensen says: “Compared with a rack- management tools integrate tightly programme, Dell and Grundfos Group based environment, the cabling for with VMware, making it easier to finalised their plans to ensure that our blade server infrastructure is less protect virtualized data. For example, deployment caused as little disruption complex. It helps take the complexity Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware as possible. “The pilot project was out of IT and makes us more efficient.” Edition enables fast online backups and valuable – it provided us with the quick restores of virtual machines. “All insight to successfully roll out the the elements of the Dell solution fitted environments globally,” says Karsten together perfectly – it gave me peace Sørensen. of mind,” says Karsten Sørensen.