IBM Systems & Technology GroupSmarter Computing                                                            Voith boosts pr...
IBM Systems & Technology GroupSmarter Computing                                                             Voith set out ...
IBM Systems & Technology GroupSmarter Computing                                                        Additionally, data ...
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Voith boosts productivity, cuts costs with IBM Power Systems and DB2

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Voith chose to extend its existing Power Systems server landscape with POWER6 and POWER7 processor-based servers as the platform of choice, and migrate its SAP database to IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows version 9.5. Average SAP response time is up to 20 percent faster, Software license costs have decreased, and maintenance, administration and operational expenses have been reduced

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Voith boosts productivity, cuts costs with IBM Power Systems and DB2

  1. 1. IBM Systems & Technology GroupSmarter Computing Voith boosts productivity, cuts costs with IBM Power Systems and DB2 Voith sets standards in the energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials Overview and transportation and automotive markets. Founded in 1867, Voith employs almost 40,000 people, generates €5.2 billion in sales, operates The need in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest Prices in Voith’s principal businesses are governed by fierce international family-owned companies in Europe. commodity markets, and the key to increasing profitability and margins is cost Sale prices in Voith’s principal businesses are governed by fierce control. Voith found its database license, international commodity markets, and the key to increasing storage and IT infrastructure operational costs were increasing, dragging down profitability and margins is cost control. It is essential to cut total business efficiency. administration expenses at every opportunity. As business volumes were rising, Voith found its database license, storage and IT infrastructure The solution Voith chose to extend its existing Power operational costs were increasing, dragging down total business Systems server landscape with POWER6 efficiency. and POWER7 processor-based servers as the platform of choice, and migrate its Voith was faced with the need to operate its SAP systems more cost- SAP database to IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows version 9.5. efficiently. The Voith team’s evaluation was that migrating database systems to DB2 would realize significant cost savings. The benefit Average SAP response time is up to 20 percent faster, offering increased Key business challenges productivity for all SAP users. Software • Maintain a stable, reliable solution with high resilience and full license costs have decreased, and disaster recovery maintenance, administration and operational expenses have been • Control costs, reduce license fees and cut operational expenses reduced. In addition with DB2 Deep • Increase efficiency by reducing database administration workload Compression, Voith reduced its storage • Drive return on investment with improved services and reduced IT requirements by at least 30 percent. budgets. In parallel with the business objectives, the Voith IT Solutions division also wished to address technical challenges, in order to: • Improve system performance with faster response times for 7,000 SAP users • Simplify the IT landscape and reduce complexity for more than 80 SAP instances • Cut data storage volumes and reduce data management costs.
  2. 2. IBM Systems & Technology GroupSmarter Computing Voith set out its project objectives, with cost-savings as the first priority, Designed for Data and drew up a list of the enabling technologies: • Voith captures millions of SAP transactions and delivers data to SAP • Extend the existing Power server landscape with POWER6 and NetWeaver Business Warehouse and related analytics applications to help POWER7 processor-based servers discover new customer insights. • Migrate to IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows version 9.5 to support all SAP instances by the end of June 2010, offering lower Tuned to the Task • Voith runs its SAP applications in virtual maintenance and licensing costs servers on IBM Power Systems servers, • Update IBM AIX from 5.3 to 6.1 TL3 to take advantage of advanced able to adjust processing capacity and virtualization technologies resources to match the exact need of • Update IBM PowerHA from 5.5 to 6.1, spanning the twin data each application’s workload in the most flexible, cost-efficient manner. centers in Heidenheim, to improve resilience • Implement IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and Tivoli FlashCopy Managed in the Cloud Manager for data management and performing near-instant • Voith has deployed integrated service management capabilities at twin data application-aware snapshot backups with minimal performance impact centers, including a range of Tivoli and for SAP. InfoSphere products that mask the complexity of the underlying servers, storage and network, and helps the Selecting DB2 company provision and deploy new Voith selected IBM DB2 as the target database because it met the key business services automatically. business criteria of lower operational costs and enhanced business Driving Innovation resilience. The close integration provided by the SAP DBA Cockpit for • The IBM solution enabled Voith to DB2 significantly reduces the database administration workload, and drive down costs while maximizing simplifies management of the SAP application databases. Furthermore, performance, a vital advantage in a fiercely competitive marketplace. Faster SAP’s own use of DB2 as its core database choice offered great SAP response times enhance employee confidence to Voith that DB2 was a long-term strategic partner for productivity, helping the company to mission-critical applications. capitalize on opportunities as soon as possible. Migrating the databases presented the largest single challenge, preserving integrity while minimizing the workload, and ensuring that the process would involve the least possible total downtime. Voith selected IBM InfoSphere Change Data Capture (CDC) for one of its systems, which enables real-time data replication to support migrations, greatly accelerating the migration process by eliminating redundant data transfer. The existing IBM Power architecture was used to support the migration, by using Logical Partitions (LPARs) to provide independent servers for each process. IBM InfoSphere CDC captures only changed data and transfers it from publisher to subscriber systems. This improves operational efficiency and saves time and resources by eliminating redundant data transfer and saving network bandwidth. IBM InfoSphere CDC includes data transformation and filtering, such as translation of values, derivation of new calculated fields, and joining of tables at the source or target. Custom data transformations can be created, stored and retrieved within InfoSphere CDC as macros, and row and column selection makes it possible for users to limit access to sensitive information, or to flow user-specific data to particular sites.
  3. 3. IBM Systems & Technology GroupSmarter Computing Additionally, data stored in various character sets and languages can be seamlessly replicated to disparate platforms. Solution Components Hardware An optimized storage architecture • IBM Power™ 570 server To support the SAP applications and run the DB2 databases, IBM • IBM Power 770 server • IBM System Storage DS8000® Business Partner SVA worked with Voith to deploy the new AIX LPARs on the four 16-way POWER6 processor-based IBM Power 570 Software servers, with 256 GB memory, with two servers installed in each data • IBM DB2® for Linux, UNIX and Windows center. Using IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), • IBM AIX® the servers were connected to two IBM System Storage DS8000 disk • IBM PowerHA® systems and several third-party storage devices. • IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager • IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager • IBM System Storage® SAN Volume In each data center, each server was divided into multiple Logical Controller Partitions (LPARs), and also acted as its twin’s failover server using • IBM InfoSphere® Change Data Capture PowerHA. For example, Server 1 was divided into 19 LPARs, with • SAP® ERP allocations ranging from 4CPU to 0.1CPU, and Server 2 supported 20 IBM Business Partner LPARs with a similar allocation range. • System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH (SVA) The PowerHA cluster supported the critical applications on the two machines, allowing production to continue even if one server suffered an unplanned outage. The LPAR technology allows Voith to optimize workload across its CPU resources by setting maximum allocations that exceed the physical CPU total. As the workload in each LPAR varies, resources are made available as required from the physical processor and memory, allowing each LPAR to maximize throughput. By implementing IBM SAN Volume Controller, Voith has been able to unify storage systems from multiple vendors, including HP and IBM. SAN Volume Controller software is delivered pre-installed on SVC Storage Engines, ready for implementation once the engines are attached to the SAN. SVC Storage Engines are based on proven IBM System x server technology and are deployed in redundant pairs, designed to deliver very high availability. SVC takes control of existing storage, presenting the data volumes to servers as a single storage pool. Because only the SVC storage driver is needed for all servers or virtual server images, it greatly simplifies changes to the storage infrastructure. Devices can be added, upgraded or removed, while the systems, servers and applications are fully insulated from the underlying technical complexity. Following the successful introduction of the Power servers, Voith installed two additional POWER6 processor-based systems prior to the migration to DB2. As the SAP application landscape has expanded, the number of servers and LPARs has also grown. The original four POWER5 servers and the two additional POWER6 servers now support between 80 to 100 LPARs, which is easily possible with the enhanced performance of the POWER processors and PowerVM
  4. 4. IBM Systems & Technology GroupSmarter Computingcapabilities such as Virtual I/O Servers and micropartitioning. Duringthe DB2 migration project Voith also installed the new generation ofPOWER servers, two IBM Power 770 with POWER7 processors, eachwith 24 cores and 768 GB memory. © Copyright IBM Corporation 2011Enjoying the Benefits IBM Deutschland GmbHVoith is implementing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and Tivoli Storage 71137 EhningenFlashCopy Manager. This innovative solution for backup, recovery and Deutschlandcloning in virtualized environments includes special extensions for SAP ibm.com/dedata management. The highly automated Tivoli Storage Management IBM Österreichsolution provides flexibility, delivers detailed information on cloning, Obere Donaustrasse 95 1020 Wienbackup and performance status, and eliminates major repetitive ibm.com/atadministrative workload efforts. IBM Schweiz Vulkanstrasse 106Alongside the technical effects of data compression achieved in the 8010 Zürichmigration to DB2, the database consumes less main memory by around ibm.com/ch40 percent, therefore the physical database RAM is effectively 40 Produced in Germanypercent larger. The result is that even though the amount of physical July 2011main memory has remained unchanged, more main memory is available All Rights Reservedper transaction, which in turn improves performance without requiring IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, Tivoli, AIX, DB2 and Systemadditional investment in memory or bandwidth. Storage are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. A current list of other IBM trademarks is available onThrough the use of advanced IBM virtualization technologies, Voith the Web at “Copyright and trademark information” at:also achieves better CPU utilization, and CPU workload reductions ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml.for some systems – exploiting current processor investments to the References in this publication to IBM products, programsmaximum by handling greater workload with the same physical capacity. or services do not imply that IBM intends to make these available in all countries in which IBM operates. Any reference to an IBM product, program or service is notAverage SAP response time is up to 20 percent faster, offering increased intended to imply that only IBM’s product, program orproductivity for all SAP users service may be used. Any functionally equivalent product, program or service may be used instead.Better memory utilization through DB2 compression techniques All customer examples cited represent how some customersmeans that Voith avoids the need for additional investments in memory have used IBM products and the results they may have achieved. Actual environmental costs and performancecapacity. Around 40 percent more data can be put in memory, which in characteristics will vary depending on individual customerturn offers a better cache hit ratio and results in better SAP application configurations and conditions.response time. By comparison, the Oracle databases consumed more IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts,database cache and RAM with a hit rate of about 97 percent. With DB2 or new and used parts. In some cases, the hardware productthe cache hit rate is more than 99 percent. For databases with up to 100 may not be new and may have been previously installed. Regardless, IBM warranty terms apply.billion accesses per week, this incremental improvement has producedsignificant performance gains resulting in 20 percent faster response This publication is for general guidance only.time for the SAP users. Photographs may show design models.I/O traffic reduced by up to 40 percent, which leads to improved Please Recycleperformance without having to invest in additional processor, memoryor network capacity.For more informationTo learn more about smarter computing from IBM and how we can helpyou integrate, automate, protect and transform your IT, contact yourIBM sales representative or IBM business partner, or visit:ibm.com/smartercomputing TSC03130-DEEN-00

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