Europe Airpost climbs into the cloud to drive cost-efficiency

Consolidating physical footprint of IT infrastructure by 66 percent with IBM PureSystems solutions

Published on 19-Sep-2013

"IBM PureFlex enabled us to consolidate our physical infrastructure from six racks at two data centers to two racks at a single data center – a reduction of 66 percent. As the dense footprint of our IBM PureFlex solution delivers greater compute performance from fewer processors, we can now run all of our databases, servers and desktops in a single footprint – for significant savings on electricity and cooling." - Francis Brisedoux, Deputy IT Director, Europe Airpost

Customer:
Europe Airpost

Industry:
Travel & Transportation

Deployment country:
France

Solution:
Flex System Manager, Flex System running hypervisor - VMware, Flex System x240, PureFlex, PureFlex Express, PureFlex System running hypervisor - VMware, PureSystems, Storage: Storwize V7000, Cloud Computing, Cloud & Service Management

IBM Business Partner:
Diademys, Oracle

Overview

Europe Airpost is a charter passenger airline and air freight carrier that transports cargo for the national postal service and newspapers. Headquartered in Paris, France, the company maintains a fleet of 21 planes.

Business need:
To help maintain service levels and margins in the face of rising fuel prices and competitive pressure, French airline and freight carrier Europe Airpost needed to enhance IT efficiency and performance.

Solution:
The company worked with IBM Premier Business Partner Diademys to deploy an expert-integrated IBM® PureFlex™ System solution – enabling the company to deliver business services through a private cloud.

Benefits:
Consolidates physical footprint by 66 percent, cutting energy and cooling requirements; improves cost-efficiency; reduces application response times by up to 33 percent.

Case Study

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Europe Airpost is a charter passenger airline and air freight carrier that transports cargo for the national postal service and newspapers. Headquartered in Paris, France, the company maintains a fleet of 21 planes.

In the face of a global economic slowdown and rising fuel prices, maintaining profitability is a challenge. Fabrice De Biasio, IT Director, explains: “To succeed in this highly competitive industry, you need to offer an efficient service while minimizing expenditure. We saw an opportunity to cut our IT operational costs by adopting a private cloud model.”

To cut costs and free its IT team from routine administration, Europe Airpost consolidated its existing landscape of 100 virtual servers and 250 virtual workstations to an expert-integrated IBM PureFlex solution.

“We chose the IBM PureFlex solution for its scalability, high level of integration and simplicity of management,” says Francis Brisedoux, Deputy IT Director. “The solution provides compute, storage, networking and systems management in a single package, reducing cost and complexity.”

Rapid migration
Europe Airpost implemented an IBM PureFlex Express Edition with 11 Intel processor-based IBM Flex System™ x240 compute nodes, two IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switches and two SAN Brocade 16 Gb/s switches. It also deployed two IBM Storwize® V7000 nodes, with a combination of conventional hard drives and solid-state drives. For a single point of control, the company implemented the IBM Flex System Manager™ node.

The company worked with IBM Premier Business Partner Diademys to migrate its existing systems to the PureFlex solution.

“Diademys was familiar with our infrastructure and with the PureFlex platform, and ran a comprehensive skills transfer program,” says Francis Brisedoux. “Their experience, combined with the pre-integration of the PureFlex solution, helped us complete the migration inside two months.”

Enjoying the benefits
“IBM PureFlex enabled us to consolidate our physical infrastructure from six racks at two data centers to two racks at a single data center – a reduction of 66 percent,” says Francis Brisedoux. “As the dense footprint of our IBM PureFlex solution delivers greater compute performance from fewer processors, we can now run all of our databases, servers and desktops in a single footprint – for significant savings on electricity and cooling.”

Europe Airpost formerly ran its Oracle Real Application Cluster (Oracle RAC) on a dedicated multi-server environment. Oracle RAC now runs on a single Flex System compute node within the IBM PureFlex solution, using VMware vSphere hypervisor software and replicated in real time using Veeam software. This consolidation has significantly reduced Europe Airpost’s database costs and greatly improved availability.

Space for innovation
“Thanks to Flex System Manager, our IT team spends less time on infrastructure management, and more on developing new business services,” says Francis Brisedoux. “Equally, the increased performance of our IBM PureFlex solution delivers up to a 33 percent reduction in application response times and enables us to fire up new virtual resources much faster than before.”

Fabrice De Biasio concludes: “We are confident that our IBM PureFlex solution will meet our needs for at least three years – and deliver simple scalability for years beyond. The ability to deliver high-quality services cost-efficiently is vital for our success, and the IBM PureFlex offering is helping us to do just that.”

Products and services used

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

Hardware:
Flex System, Flex System Manager, Flex System running hypervisor - VMware, Flex System x240, PureFlex Express, PureFlex System running hypervisor - VMware, Storage, Storage: Storwize V7000, System Networking: IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093 10 Gb Scalable Switch

Service:
STG Lab Services: Data Center Services

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