UGMK - IBM Storage Client Reference Video

Published on 10-May-2013

"We had reached that state of SAP when the storage system became a bottleneck. We tackled this problem by acquiring and migrating to XIV. Now the trouble’s gone for good. Everything just works." - Anvar Hidearshin, Head of IT support, Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company

Customer:
Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UGMK)

Industry:
Industrial Products

Deployment country:
Russian Federation

Solution:
Business Resiliency, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability , Storage Consolidation

IBM Business Partner:
SAP, Trinity

Overview

Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UGMK) is a vertically integrated holding company comprising more than 300 different corporate bodies, including 60 industrial enterprises and their subsidiaries. One of the leading non-ferrous metal producers in Russia, UGMK has annual revenues of approximately 200 billion rubles (US$6.3 billion). In addition to mining, the company is active in the medical, agro-industrial and construction sectors.

Business need:
Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company wanted to improve the performance of its SAP ERP systems, and needed more storage capacity to support a strategic paperless-office initiative.

Solution:
Engaged IBM Premier Business Partner Trinity to deploy an IBM® XIV® Storage System in each of two data centers, then migrate critical SAP data, Oracle databases and business applications to the platform.

Benefits:
Built-in thin provisioning on IBM XIV cuts capacity requirements by 50 percent; XIV provides ample performance and space for SAP systems; built-in data replication provides protection for data.

Video

Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UGMK) is a vertically integrated holding company comprising more than 300 different corporate bodies, including 60 industrial enterprises and their subsidiaries. One of the leading non-ferrous metal producers in Russia, UGMK has annual revenues of approximately 200 billion rubles (US$6.3 billion). In addition to mining, the company is active in the medical, agro-industrial and construction sectors.




Video Transcript


We had reached that state of SAP when the storage system became a bottleneck.

We tackled this problem by acquiring and migrating to XIV. Now the trouble’s gone for good. Everything just works.

Our company is vertically integrated, and contains more than 300 different corporate bodies. This includes 60 industrial enterprises and their subsidiaries.

Roughly speaking, we are Russia’s number two producer of non-ferrous metals.

We introduced the SAP R/3 system in 2004, and our IT infrastructure is built around this system’s requirements.

As the amount of data increased, so did the value of the SAP R/3 system for our enterprise.

New factories and new users joined us. This consequently increased our need for a different class storage system.

So we began to consider high-end systems.

We’d taken a good look at systems from other vendors, including EMC, Hitachi, HP, etc. IBM XIV won for a number of reasons.

The product itself is unique in several ways.

In particular, it has solutions for SAP.

It’s also useful when you need to provide large amounts of data to users without losing performance.

Our data center is located on two sites; the main one and the back-up.

The data center contains two IBM P570 rack servers based on Power5 processors.

These are connected to two data storage systems, which are also geographically distributed by IBM XIV.

Compared to other systems, working with IBM XIV was a breeze because it’s well suited to the IBM environment. That made a semi-automatic migration possible.

We now use XIV mainly for SAP R/3 tasks, maintaining an Oracle database, and AIX System.

Tivoli Storage Manager is used for storage and data backup and IBM Virtualization.

Our SAP Basis specialists maintain the system on their own. With no special training in migration system start-up, they learned to master the system as experience system administrators.

The system is highly scalable. It has a number of useful functions that are either absent in other storage systems, or require the introduction of additional equipment or functionality to implement them.

Furthermore, we really like the XIV client for iPad. It lets us monitor the system right on the tablets.

We make extensive use of Thin Provisioning. No matter how much we scale the system, we only have to purchase a package of these functions once. And we love it.

Overall, SAP R/3 system performance improved, and we performed previously planned projects at the same rate.

Before choosing large and expensive equipment, we always conduct competitive bids with multiple vendors.

But in our competitions for the past ten years, IBM always wins.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
Power Systems, Storage: XIV

Software:
AIX, Tivoli Storage Manager, PowerVM

Operating system:
AIX

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