Codorníu tastes the benefits of the Cloud

With smarter computing from IBM

Published on 21-Jun-2011

Validated on 01 Oct 2013

"With assistance from IBM, the Codorníu IT department has moved from being a provider of HP servers and storage to an innovator of business services. We now have time to look for and research business solutions in areas such as production and logistics, finding new ways to become more efficient. " - Jaume Mariné, CFO, Codorníu

Customer:
Codorníu

Industry:
Consumer Products

Deployment country:
Spain

Solution:
IGF, IGF: IT Financing - IBM HW, IGF: IT Financing - IBM SW, IGF: IT Financing - OEM Services, IT/infrastructure, Business Resiliency, Cloud Computing, Enabling Business Flexibility, Optimizing IT, Smarter Computing

Overview

Codorníu is Spain’s leading sparkling wine producer, with additional vineyards in Argentina and Chile. The group has worldwide sales offices, and this family-owned business continues to grow, based on its reputation for quality.

Business need:
Executives wanted to reduce business risk by implementing a full backup and recovery solution, securing precious SAP application data.

Solution:
Implemented a suite of IBM hardware and software designed to reduce IT complexity, introduce automated business continuity and recovery services, and cut the total cost of operation.

Benefits:
Reduced the number of servers by more than 70 percent and cut the hardware footprint by 75 percent, from four racks to just one. Automated systems management solutions have reduced IT staff workload, freeing them for more productive tasks. Monthly costs have been reduced by more than 20 percent and are expected to be reduced further through higher consolidation and storage optimization.

Case Study

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Codorníu is Spain’s leading sparkling wine producer, with additional vineyards in Argentina and Chile. The group has worldwide sales offices, and this family-owned business continues to grow, based on its reputation for quality.

Recognizing the challenge
Relying on a mix of HP servers and miscellaneous storage systems, the Codorníu IT team considered that the business was vulnerable to systems outage or disaster. Data could only be backed up manually as there was no centralized process, which imposed high workloads on IT staff. Introducing new services and applications was slow, requiring new physical servers to be purchased, configured and deployed. The IT team wanted to reduce business risk by introducing a planned continuity and recovery service, reduce operational costs by introducing automation wherever possible, and increase business agility with a more flexible, responsive IT infrastructure. Simultaneously, the Group directive was that IT expenses were planned to reduce by 20 percent annually.

Developing the solution
Codorníu initially invited vendors to submit proposals based on a business continuity and recovery solution. The IBM team responded by suggesting that Codorníu would benefit from a full study of their IT landscape, and as a result proposed a full IT server migration and consolidation program, with an associated storage optimization project.

The IBM team recommended that the Codorníu team move onwards from managing and tuning servers and manual maintenance of backups and storage, to managing an IT environment that would provide a platform for flexible growth, while IBM management tools such as IBM Systems Director and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager handled the underlying hardware.

To meet the specific need to reduce business risk, Codorníu implemented high availability solutions based on IBM BladeCenter servers, powered by Intel, IBM POWER6 and POWER7 processors, and introduced storage virtualization provided by IBM N series gateways, consolidating existing storage into a more easily managed central pool.

Codorníu’s core SAP applications run on the POWER7 processor-based blades, and other line of business applications run on blades powered by Intel Xeon series processors. All storage is managed through the IBM System Storage N series gateways, which consolidates multiple disk arrays into a single storage pool. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager provides automated, policy-based backup, archive and restore services, while IBM Systems Director delivers monitoring and management services for easier IT service management.

The previous infrastructure, which lacked a redundancy strategy and relied on manual backup processes, was replaced with an integrated IBM solution delivering excellent data security and automated business continuity and recovery.

The long-term vision for Codorníu is to partner with IBM, moving towards a Cloud computing model, where service capacity and capability is more important than administration and server footprint. Using the new BladeCenter platform, Codorníu will be able to create new business services rapidly and easily, and monitor usage and cost on a service delivery model.

To get to a fully Cloud environment, Codorníu is embarking on a journey that is expected to take around two years, Codorníu is consolidating and virtualizing servers, and automating management and administration services. These first steps allow the Codorníu IT team to spend more time on solving business issues and considering how best to take advantage of Cloud computing.

Enjoying the benefits
Codorníu has reduced the number of servers by more than 70 percent, and cut the physical server footprint from four to just one rack. Energy consumption is drastically lower, by around 70 percent, and the advanced automation capabilities of Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM Systems Director help to reduce the costs of infrastructure management, which are expected to fall by half.

Purchases were funded through IBM Global Financing, resulting in lower monthly fees for IT services, in line with the cost reduction target of 20 percent. Clarity on IT expenses makes it easier to understand and analyze the total cost of ownership, in turn helping Codorníu identify and eliminate inefficiencies.

Jaume Mariné, CFO at Codorníu says, “With assistance from IBM, the Codorníu IT department has moved from being a provider of HP servers and storage to an innovator of business services. We now have time to look for and research business solutions in areas such as production and logistics, finding new ways to become more efficient.”

Designed for Data: Codorníu has introduced standardized and automated procedures designed to reduce business risk across its worldwide operations, increasing security and improving its data governance and improving its IT management and vision.

Tuned to the Task: Reduced the number of servers by more that 70 percent through virtualization on IBM BladeCenter servers powered by Intel, IBM POWER6 and POWER7 processors, running workload on the platform best suited to the task. Codorníu is now able to create, update and remove virtual environments as requested with real flexibility, providing the business with easy tools to perform their tasks.

Managed in the Cloud: Codorníu has deployed advanced service management capabilities based on IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM Systems Director, which mask the complexity of underlying components and help the company take the first steps towards a Cloud computing environment. Codorníu is now evaluating what loads will be initially served and provisioned in private cloud.

Driving Innovation: The new flexible environment supports Codorníu’s international growth strategy by allowing the IT department to focus on improving business processes and developing new services.

Products and services used

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

Hardware:
BladeCenter, BladeCenter HS22, BladeCenter JS22 Express, BladeCenter running OS - AIX, Storage, Storage: N6040

Software:
AIX, IBM Systems Director Editions, Tivoli Storage Manager

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