SciQuest

Staying ahead of the competition by offering highly responsive solutions, based on IBM flash storage

Published on 06-Jan-2014

"With IBM FlashSystem we can look at other things that directly impact our customers—we’re able to focus on bringing new customers in. And for our salespeople, it’s a wonderful thing to show the performance, and know that new customers will get the same performance." - Bill Kirchhoff, Production Infrastructure Manager, SciQuest

Customer:
SciQuest

Industry:
Computer Services

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
Cloud Computing, Cloud & Service Management, High Availability , Storage Consolidation

Overview

Based in Cary, NC, SciQuest, Inc. provides cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for the full business automation process for corporate spend management solutions. The company’s software enables its clients to automate processes and improve control and visibility across spend analysis, supplier management, sourcing, procurement, contract management functions and more.

Business need:
As user numbers grew for its cloud solutions, SciQuest needed to ensure optimal performance and availability—yet faced constraints around cost, energy consumption and rackspace in the data center.

Solution:
Improved data I/O performance and storage scalability by replacing a full rack of standard spinning disks with an IBM® FlashSystem™ array that occupies just 3U of rackspace.

Benefits:
Doubles storage I/O performance, eliminating peak-time process bottlenecks in key applications; reduces energy consumption while increasing storage capacity; 14-fold reduction in physical rackspace.

Case Study

Based in Cary, NC, SciQuest, Inc. provides cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for the full business automation process for corporate spend management solutions. The company’s software enables its clients to automate processes and improve control and visibility across spend analysis, supplier management, sourcing, procurement, contract management functions and more.

Getting ahead of performance issues
When a routine monitoring exercise at SciQuest flagged potential performance issues in its main procurement application, the company realized that its existing infrastructure would not be able to scale to meet future demand. Already, there were peak periods during which the amount of data I/O required from the database was exceeding the capabilities of the existing disk storage system.

Solution built on excellence
After looking at the marketplace for enterprise flash storage, SciQuest chose to deploy an IBM FlashSystem array for its IBM DB2® database landscape.

In deploying the IBM FlashSystem array, SciQuest replaced an entire 36U rack of spinning disks with just 3U of flash storage, making major savings also in energy consumption. By eliminating its I/O bottlenecks, the company was also able to redirect resources from fixing the performance issues to working on new projects.

Moving to microsecond latency
Deploying the IBM FlashSystem array had an immediate positive impact on SciQuest’s service offerings.

Bill Kirchhoff, Production Infrastructure Manager at SciQuest, notes, “When we rolled out IBM FlashSystem on the first day, customers experienced a doubling of performance, with response times going from an average of 300 milliseconds to less than 150. The return on investment for the corporation was that we did not have to spend money on tuning code or SQL, or actually implementing more on the hardware side, except for storage.”

For more information
To learn more about IBM FlashSystem solutions, contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit us at: ibm.com/systems/storage/flash/

Products and services used

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

Hardware:
Storage, Storage: IBM FlashSystem 810, Storage: IBM FlashSystem 820, Storage: Storwize V7000, System x

Software:
DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows

Legal Information

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