Micronas Case Study: Cutting Cost of SAP Environment
German semiconductormanufacturer cuts costof SAP environment byup to 50 per cent with • Backup, recovery and archiving Dell virtualized solution • Data management and consolidation • Virtualization “The Dell solution was so strong we could run all of our SAP systems on it while reducing the overall number of physical servers.” Bernhard Schmid, IT Operations Manager, Micronas Customer profile Company: Micronas Industry: Technology Benefits Country: Germany • T personnel provision virtual I Employees: 920 servers in 30 minutes Website: www.micronas.com • irtualized environment has 50 per V cent lower total cost of ownership Business need • ew server platform is consolidated N Micronas wanted a new virtualized server solution to deliver the by up to 75 per cent performance, reliability and ease of management required for a • torage infrastructure is reduced S mission-critical SAP environment. by just over 66 per cent Solution • nterprise-Wide Contract E The company created a virtualized infrastructure based on Dell™ maximises performance PowerEdge™ servers running VMware. It also chose Dell ProSupport Enterprise-Wide Contract.
Micronas – a semiconductor designer and manufacturer with operations across the world – supplies cutting- edge integrated circuit (IC) and sensor system solutions for automotive electronics. Micronas offers a variety of microcontrollers and Hall sensors for automotive and industrial applications, such as car dashboard, body control, as well as motor management and comfort functions. The company’s IT department looked reducing the overall number of to update storage and virtualize the physical servers.” existing server environment supporting“We consolidated SAP ERP 6.0. The plan was to Virtualization expertise consolidate three existing storage significantly reduces project risk storage by more area networks (SANs), one of which Because of the SAP environment’s than 66 per cent was old, and move away from a one- server, one-application model of importance to business continuity, there was no room for error when thanks to our Dell computing to a system of virtualized migrating applications to the Dell applications running on fewer physical virtualized infrastructure. Says Schmid: storage solution. machines. This offered immediate “Dell has a long-standing alliance with We did it by moving benefits such as improved server utilisation, reduced hardware needs VMware, working together to test and certify VMware solutions running the two existing and simplified management, boosting on PowerEdge servers. So we were individual productivity. confident that the combination of Dell SANs to six disk PowerEdge servers and Dell’s expertise Micronas chose a Dell solution, which array enclosures recommended a new storage and in VMware took a lot of the risk out of the project.” on our Dell/EMC server infrastructure and included comprehensive support to maximise CX3-40 SAN.” performance. A Dell technical team, which helped the company migrateBernhard Schmid, Technology in practice from a Sun Solaris platform to Red HatIT Operations Manager, Linux in the past, proposed a solution ServicesMicronas based on Dell/EMC CX3-40 SAN Dell ProSupport Enterprise-Wide technology and Dell™ PowerEdge™ Contract R900 servers featuring the Intel® Xeon® Processor 7400 series, and Hardware running VMware® ESX server software. Dell™ PowerEdge™ R900 servers Bernhard Schmid, IT Operations with Intel® Xeon® Processors Manager at Micronas, says: “The Dell 7400 series solution was so strong we could run all of our SAP systems on it while Dell/EMC CX3-40 storage area network Software SAP ERP 6.0 VMware® ESX server software VMware vCenter™ Server Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 EMC® Navisphere® Management Suite EMC MirrorView™
Virtualized SAP environment can complete routing maintenancereduces operating costs by up without any downtime. Day to day, theto 50 per cent administrators use VMware vCenter™ By creating a virtualized Dell server Server to oversee the performance “Administrators environment, the company has of the virtualized machines. Schmid reduced the number of physical says: “Administrators can easily switch can easily switch machines supporting its SAP environment from 16 to four Dell the virtual machines between the Dell PowerEdge servers, without any the virtual machines PowerEdge R900 servers. The impact on availability or disruption to between the Dell machines, which offer outstanding end users. In addition, the VMware virtualization performance, deliver an management tools give us deep PowerEdge servers, optimal platform for data-demanding, business-critical environments. Apart insight into the performance of the environment.” without any impact from including the Intel Xeon Processor He continues: “The new Dell virtualized on availability7400 series, the servers give increased memory and I/O capabilities and environment running open-source Red or disruption to Hat Linux will reduce the total cost of embedded hypervisor technology for simplified virtualization. In the case of ownership for our SAP operations by end users.” up to 50 per cent.” Micronas, the four machines deliver Bernhard Schmid, approximately 40 virtualized servers, IT Operations Manager, Storage consolidated which run Red Hat Enterprise Linux Micronas by just over 66 per cent 5 and support the SAP ERP solution. Micronas has reduced the number of According to Schmid, the benefits SANs supporting the SAP environment of the new environment are obvious from three to a single Dell/EMC CX3- right across the datacentre. He says: 40. Says Schmid: “We consolidated“IT personnel can now deploy a new storage by more than 66 per cent virtualized server in 30 minutes. This thanks to our Dell storage solution. We has increased productivity among our did it by moving the two existing SANs application developers, and end users to six disk array enclosures on our Dell/ receive new servers more quickly.” EMC CX3-40 SAN. Our disk enclosuresA major advantage of virtualized use just 3U of rack space.”infrastructures is that IT administrators Operating costs reduced Storage consolidated by 50 per cent by 66 per cent Previously Previously 66% Now 50% Now