Danone transforms data storage with IBM

Optimizing storage infrastructure and maximizing use of resources

Published on 21-Nov-2012

"Thanks to this IBM solution, the reliability of our data storage resources has greatly increased.IBM Storwize operates in a reliable and efficient cluster, so that we have two independent control points instead of one. The high scalability of the system removes any limitations from our plans for the future." - Sebastian Faber, IT Front Office Co-ordinator, Danone Poland

Customer:
Danone Poland

Industry:
Consumer Products

Deployment country:
Poland

Solution:
Business Continuity, Enabling Business Flexibility, Storage Consolidation, Virtualization, Virtualization - Storage

IBM Business Partner:
Infonet Projekt SA

Overview

Danone is a French food products company that markets a broad range of products, including dairy products such as yogurt and cheese. The company began operating in the Polish market in 1990. Initially, it acted exclusively as an importer of food products, but in 1992, the first Danone production plant in Poland was established in Warsaw. Two years later, in response to growing market demand, production started in Bieruñ in the province of Silesia.

Business need:
With growing volumes of data putting pressure on its existing storage systems, Danone in Poland sought to extend and virtualize its infrastructure in order to enable optimal use of disk resources.

Solution:
Danone deployed two IBM® Storwize® V7000 storage systems, adding new high-performance disk capacity and virtualizing the capacity on its existing storage devices to give them a new lease of life.

Benefits:
Implementing IBM Storwize V7000 helped Danone achieve 40 percent greater efficiency in the use of storage resources, optimizing its infrastructure, simplifying management, and boosting performance and business continuity.

Case Study

Danone is a French food products company that markets a broad range of products, including dairy products such as yogurt and cheese. The company began operating in the Polish market in 1990. Initially, it acted exclusively as an importer of food products, but in 1992, the first Danone production plant in Poland was established in Warsaw. Two years later, in response to growing market demand, production started in Bieruñ in the province of Silesia.

Danone has won many prestigious awards in Poland. At the end of 2011, the company received an award in the first edition of the “Eco-responsibility in Business” Contest, organized by the monthly publication ‘Ecomanager’. The competition was designed to reward businesses that promote and implement environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices. Danone is also the co-organiser of the well-known ‘Share a Meal’ campaign, which has already distributed 10 million meals to needy children in Poland.

Tackling growth
At the beginning of 2011, Danone faced challenges around the scalability of its infrastructure. Its data storage landscape was based on IBM System Storage® DS3400, DS4800 and DS5300 disk arrays. These storage devices, which were physically and logically separate entities, supported systems including a VMware virtual environment, data warehousing and communication systems.

“We provide services for Danone in Central Europe and beyond, which places a heavy load on our infrastructure,” says Sebastian Faber, IT Front Office Co-ordinator. “Over time, the environment grew so much that individual storage systems were no longer responding to the needs of the business.”

Danone in Poland decided to extend and virtualize its current infrastructure in order to enable optimal use of disk resources.

Virtualized solution
Danone decided to implement IBM Storwize V7000, a disk storage system that enables the virtualization of the entire storage landscape. This allowed Danone both to simplify its infrastructure and to gain practically unlimited opportunities to develop it further.

The implementation of two Storwize V7000 systems in a cluster was carried out by engineers from Infonet Projekt SA in Bielsko-Biala, an IBM Advanced Business Partner. The project began with a pre-implementation analysis, based on which Danone decided to implement the IBM Storwize V7000 system. The choice was ultimately to be confirmed by performance tests.

Pawe Maczka, Director of Technical Storage & Data Security Systems at Infonet Projekt SA, explains: “Danone set specific performance requirements for the new IBM solution. These related to the minimum response time and input-output operations of the system. The company required 15,000 I/Os per second for the new disk system, with response times of less than 7 milliseconds.

“Equally, the system needed at least 70 TB of usable space, to ensure that future requirements could be met. Danone also wanted to be prepared for at least a doubling of capacity - so scalability was important.”

Testing at Danone confirmed the decision to implement the IBM solution. In choosing the IBM Storwize V7000 solution, the company gained not only a new storage system but also a tool to virtualize its existing IBM storage.

Single, consistent system
“The systems used by Danone were physically and logically independent,” says Maczka. “To use them, the administrator had to log into a different system each time. Virtualization with IBM Storwize V7000 has combined all systems in a single logical solution, which can be managed from a single console. Virtualization can be thought of as a kind of umbrella covering all the storage servers. Thanks to this technology, companies can free themselves completely from the technology and limitations of any given storage manufacturer. Ultimately, the client does not even need to know how many systems he has, or which specific models: the virtualized storage landscape looks and acts like a single consistent system.”

Implementation of the Storwize V7000 solution took just a few weeks and was completed with minimal impact to the business.

Fast, efficient, revolutionary
The IBM solution enabled Danone to achieve 40 percent greater efficiency in the use of storage resources and helped to optimize its server infrastructure.

The IBM Storwize V7000 is a virtualized storage system, which complements virtualized server environments and provides unmatched performance, availability, advanced functions and highly scalable capacity never seen before in midrange disk systems.

“The IBM Storwize V7000 allows us to use the existing infrastructure and to increase its efficiency,” says Maczka. “In addition to bringing its own new capacity to the Danone infrastructure, the Storwize also virtualized the capacity on older storage systems, effectively absorbing them into a single, consistent environment. This solution is revolutionary in that, during the virtualization of the other storage systems, the data stored on them is realigned in a completely new way.

“In the past, a given application used a specified storage array, and the available disks within a selected RAID group. By contrast, Storwize combines disks into a single logical entity, scattering all the blocks of data across all available disks in the virtualized environment. As a result of using this new approach and the Storwize software, existing storage systems operate much more efficiently.”

Thin-provisioning
The new infrastructure has simplified the management of the available space on disks into a single control panel, and the thin-provisioning feature provides an opportunity to use the disk space more effectively. With thin provisioning, applications consume only the space they are actually using, not the total space that has been allocated to them, allowing Danone to purchase only the disk capacity that is needed.

“We migrated close to 70 TB of data,” says Faber. “As a result of using thin-provisioning, it actually turned out that the data takes up less than 54 TB. By creating virtualized disk resources, the available space has increased by nearly 15 percent, which is a significant business benefit.”

IBM Storwize V7000 provides the ability to combine not only storage systems from other vendors but also supports both block and file storage into a single system, helping to further simplify administration. The solution has also boosted the resilience of corporate information resources. Storwize V7000 was deployed in a cluster, which ensures business continuity in the event of damage or hardware failure. Equally, the scalability of the solution enables easy expansion of the platform in the future.

“Thanks to this IBM solution, the reliability of our data storage resources has greatly increased,” concludes Faber. “IBM Storwize operates in a reliable and efficient cluster, so that we have two independent control points instead of one. The high scalability of the system removes any limitations from our plans for the future. If, in a few years’ time, we decide on a storage system from another manufacturer, Storwize V7000 will be able to absorb it into the same virtualized storage infrastructure.”

Products and services used

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

Hardware:
Storage: Storwize V7000

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