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Nihon Matai consolidates SAP                                                          Overviewapplications from 20 to six ...
To achieve the consolidation, Nihon                                      Matai implemented Microsoft Hyper-V              ...
Load distribution using multiple             Nihon Matai also uses SnapMirror,connections per session (MCS)               ...
the latest production machine data in                                      about three hours even during business         ...
Making technological advances                                            By introducing server virtualization and“I believ...
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Nihon Matai consolidates SAP applications from 20 to six servers, cuts costs by 30 percent


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Using Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization on IBM System
x3550 M2 servers to run multiple instances of Windows Server 2008 R2, it was possible for Nihon matai to consolidate the entire former infrastructure to just six physical systems.

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Nihon Matai consolidates SAP applications from 20 to six servers, cuts costs by 30 percent

  1. 1. Nihon Matai consolidates SAP Overviewapplications from 20 to six servers, Challengecuts costs by 30 percent Nihon Matai was running a wide range of SAP applicationsFounded in 1947 selling simple jute IT Planning Manager in the Business to manage every aspect ofbags, Nihon Matai Co Ltd has grown Planning Department, comments: its business. With the originalto become an all-round manufacturer "Our employees were fully familiar hardware at end-of-life and theproducing bags, packaging and with the existing infrastructure, but as SAP software maintenance duecontainers for medical products, food the storage maintenance and other to expire, Nihon Matai wished toitems and chemical products. In 2009, agreements were coming to an end, find a strategic solution to its ITthe company became a member of the it became inevitable that the system infrastructure challenges, suitableRengo Group and is striving to develop would be updated. for implementing the latestnew demand and create new markets. versions of SAP software. "Although we thought about extendingNihon Matai introduced its first SAP the maintenance period, we had issues Solutionapplications in 2006, covering financial with the management workload and Using Microsoft Hyper-V™accounting, management accounting, potential business risk, so we decided virtualization on IBM Systemsales administration, inventory and to update the storage systems and x3550 M2 servers to run multiplepurchasing management, process the processors for the entire SAP instances of Windows Server 2008production, data warehousing and environment. The objectives were R2, it was possible to consolidateselect components of strategic to optimize the landscape, reduce the entire former infrastructure toenterprise management (SEM). complexity, increase flexibility and cut just six physical systems. costs."With the original hardware at end-of- Key benefitslife and the SAP software maintenance Virtualization success on IBM Nihon Matai improved operationalagreement due to expire, Nihon Matai System x3550 M2 efficiency and achieved a 30wished to find a strategic solution for Nihon Matai chose to replace its percent reduction in running costsits IT infrastructure needs, suitable existing estate of 20 servers with by introducing server virtualizationfor implementing the latest versions six IBM System x3550 M2 servers and high-performance unifiedof SAP software. Mr. Hiroyuki Hanyu, powered by Intel Xeon processors. storage.Case study
  2. 2. To achieve the consolidation, Nihon Matai implemented Microsoft Hyper-V to allow multiple virtual instances of “Nihon Matai has Microsoft Windows Server to run on a achieved around 30 single physical machine. percent reduction inBusiness Challenge costs.” The IBM System x3550 M2 offers exceptional energy smart performance Hiroyuki HanyuNihon Matai was running a wide in a dense 1U mechanical package IT Planning Manager, Nihon Matairange of SAP applications to manage delivering leadership virtualization andevery aspect of its business. powerful systems management. regulate power consumption andWith the original hardware at intelligently adjust server performanceend-of-life and the SAP software according to your application needs,maintenance due to expire, Nihon maximizing both energy efficiency andMatai wished to find a strategic performance.solution to its IT infrastructurechallenges, suitable for Hiroyuki Hanyu says, "In terms ofimplementing the latest versions of Offering industry-leading performance the total cost for the monthly dataSAP software. per watt computing, highly compact center and hardware and software memory designs with 16 DDR3 RDIMM maintenance, Nihon Matai has achieved slots, and powered by up to two quad around 30 percent reduction in costs.” or dual-core Intel Xeon Series 5500 processors, the IBM System x3550 M2 The trigger for the landscape refresh consolidates workloads and performs was in fact the ending of storage more work in a shorter period of time. maintenance contracts. The company took the opportunity to review its The Intel Xeon processor 5500 ® ® information management strategy, and series, based on the latest generation chose to virtualize its data storage, too. Intel microarchitecture, provide key ® features such as extended lifecycle Nihon Matai selected the IBM System support along with options for Storage® N3600 unified storage thermally constrained applications solution. The N3600 uses iSCSI, which while maintaining compatibility with offers excellent price-performance enterprise platform configurations. The for connections between servers and 5500 series processors automatically storage. 2
  3. 3. Load distribution using multiple Nihon Matai also uses SnapMirror,connections per session (MCS) which duplicates data by synchronizingallows bandwidth to be secured that between controllers on the differentis equivalent to Fibre Channel and servers. The data is stored on LTO4provides a high level of redundancy, at tapes in an IBM System Storagevery much lower costs. TS3100 tape library, connected to the Solution backup server.The N3600 is designed to help The existing SAP solutions wereenterprises to consolidate fragmented More flexible data storage running on 20 physical servers.application-based storage and The existing SAP IT landscape couldunstructured data into one unified, easily only support one test environment, By adopting virtualization, Nihonmanaged and expandable platform. It principally owing to restricted storage Matai aimed to improve operationaloffers intelligent management software, capacity, and it was not possible efficiency and enable greaterdata protection capabilities, advanced to carry out multiple projects business flexibility.connectivity and onboard remote simultaneously. In fact, the time takenmanagement from a single, easily to copy and process production data Using Microsoft Hyper-V™configured, system. meant that Nihon Matai did not take virtualization on IBM System x3550 regular, recent data for testing, which M2 servers to run multiple instancesUsing the N3600 Snapshot function, weakened the validity of the results. of Windows Server 2008 R2, it wasNihon Matai completes its daily backup possible to consolidate the entireof SAP production and SAP NetWeaver With the previous SAP system, former infrastructure to just sixBusiness Warehouse data in a couple of production machine data was copied physical systems.seconds. Snapshot takes a disk-to-disk to the test environment using the clientcopy of data, which is then backed up copy method, a process that tookto tape separately – about one month’s about three days. On one of thosedata, or some 40 generations, of data days, SAP operations would havecan be stored on the disk. to be suspended, which meant that copying would always be scheduledIn the past some backups to tape might over the weekend to minimize businessfail, owing to tape faults. Because the interruption. The copying issue wasdata is stored on disk as an intermediate solved by duplicating the productionstep, if the tape transfer fails, the database for each volume using theprocess can be restarted without N3600 high-speed copy function.impacting production, ensuring that thefault can be remedied and that the tape Using this process, it became possibletransfer completes successfully. to prepare a test environment with 3
  4. 4. the latest production machine data in about three hours even during business hours on weekdays, an improvement of “With respect to around 96 percent. a large-scale, company-wideKey Solution Components In addition to the quality assurance infrastructure such environment, the new IT infrastructure as SAP, we thinkIndustry on IBM x3550 M2 servers provides that achieving stableManufacturing three SAP instances as a full test operations is our environment, with independent access prime objective.Applications to current data stored on the N3600.SAP R/3 Enterprise for financial ® Using the N3600, Nihon Matai is able “IBM technologyaccounting, management to run multiple test scenarios in parallel, helps us ensure thataccounting, sales administration, greatly increasing the development we have reliableinventory and purchasing team’s efficiency. Currently, four test solutions fullymanagement, process production, SAP instances are operating in parallel. capable of meetingdata warehousing and select our objectives.”components of the SAP strategic Improved system monitoringenterprise management (SEM) Nihon Matai has introduced SAP Hiroyuki Hanyuapplication, SAP NetWeaver ® Solution Manager to its system IT Planning Manager, Nihon MataiBusiness Warehouse, SAP Solution management landscape.Manager The previous monitoring tool wasHardware unable to monitor internal information alerts are controlled and only seriousIBM® System x3550 M2 servers, IBM from the SAP system, and could not errors are notified. As a result, theSystem Storage TS3100 tape library, ® check how much the data volumes had company has successfully reduced theIBM System Storage® N3600 increased. Not all the monitored items workload on the technical personnel. were appropriate for Nihon Matai’sSoftware purposes, and multiple alerts were Hiroyuki Hanyu comments, "SAPMicrosoft Windows Server 2008 R2, ® issued for minor errors, with the result Solution Manager monitors internalMicrosoft Hyper-V™ that technical personnel might easily SAP system information, and the robust overlook a notification of a serious error. reporting function allows visualization of data easily, which helps us with our SAP Solution Manager has been system planning. optimized by tailoring it to Nihon Matai’s SAP solution, so that unnecessary "Even better, this tool is included as
  5. 5. Making technological advances By introducing server virtualization and“I believe that the high-performance unified storage, the number of man-hours company was able to both improve put in by operation operation efficiency and reduce running personnel on costs. Business Benefits unnecessary alerts and tape trouble The company, however, is making • Improved operational efficiency has certainly been additional technological advances. and achieved a 30 percent reduced.” Hiroyuki Hanyu concludes, "With reduction in running costs by respect to a large-scale, company-wide introducing server virtualization Hiroyuki Hanyu infrastructure such as SAP, we think and high-performance unified IT Planning Manager, Nihon Matai that achieving stable operations is our storage. prime objective. Across a long period of time, various challenges arise, such as • Production machine data can now the end of a hardware lease, expiration be copied to the test environmentstandard with the SAP system, so we of maintenance agreements, upgrades 96 percent faster and run incan use it without incurring extra costs. to the SAP applications and migration multiple parallel scenarios, greatlyWhen a problem occurs in a monitored to the cloud environment. increasing the development team’ssystem, the administrator is notified by “To fulfill our responsibility as a manufacturer, we respond to • The number of racks required was"With the previous system, the notified changes in society and provide reduced from three to one, whichcontent often did not make it possible excellent products that always satisfy reduced both capital and operatingto determine what the initial action customers. We will continue to optimize costs for the data center.should be. With SAP Solution Manager, systems and strive for business andthe email alerts include a predefined technological innovation.”initial action, and the person in chargeis able to take the necessary stepswithout hesitation.“We are still estimating the TCO, but Ibelieve that the number of man-hoursput in by operation personnel onunnecessary alerts and tape troublehas certainly been reduced."
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