As VMworld is about to begin, I thought I’d post a few blogs that highlight HP customers who’ve deployed various HP Converged Infrastructure technologies or solutions and where VMware was an integral part of the integrated solution. To start with, I chose Testo AG. In this case study, Testo deployed an HP Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure solution that exemplifies how technologies designed for convergence – deployed based on the customer’s unique needs and requirements – delivers tremendous convergence value.
Testo AG (headquartered in Germany) was looking to refresh their IT infrastructure to support higher performance and availability for their mission-critical SAP environment. As a global leader in design, development and manufacturing of portable instrumentation, Testo relies on SAP for everything from sales and customer service to production and quality management, financials, and business performance analysis. As a 24/7 operation, the company requires high availability for SAP, as well as scalability to support projected growth in the upcoming years. In other words, their infrastructure must be a lights-out operation and ready for what’s next.
To run its mission-critical SAP applications—including R3, NetWeaver Business Warehouse, and Customer Relationship Management—Testo implemented an HP Converged Infrastructure comprised of HP Integrity BL860c i2 server blades with HP-UX 11i v3 and HP Serviceguard. The Integrity BL860c i2 server blades are installed in two data centers to achieve high availability without the need for expensive Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC). The Integrity server blades reside alongside Testo’s Linux and Windows server blades within an HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosure and are supported by HP EVA 4100 storage. HP also supplies Testo with its entire network, utilizing HP Networking 8200 zl Switch Series at the core with HP 5300 and 5400 zl Switch Series for LAN access. Finally, Testo has virtualized 75 percent of its c-Class blade infrastructure with VMware.
“With HP’s Integrity server blades, SAP runs noticeably faster with excellent
response times that help end users deliver high-quality service to our
customers. We’re able to achieve this level of performance with just two
quad-core CPUs in each server instead of the 16 cores per server that we
used to have. It’s enabling us to accelerate IT for better business results.”
A few of Testo’s business and technology improvements include:
- Simplified IT that allows their staff to focus more time and resources on innovation to support business growth
- Accelerated application response times for SAP users, enabling improved service to Testo customers
- Increased performance and availability of their mission-critical SAP environment
- Reduced IT complexity with a smaller, more efficient data center footprint
- Lowered power requirements by approximately 45 percent – avoiding the need for additional cooling
One of the other reasons Testo chose HP Converged Infrastructure solutions is the confidence HP instills. This was important today but equally important for bringing future value to allow Testo to focus more time and resources on innovation as a key to their future growth. For example, today, Integrity and HP-UX are the best choice for Testo’s mission-critical SAP environment. In the future, Testo is poised to run mission-critical workloads on an x86 platform with Linux and Serviceguard as part of HP’s Project Odyssey strategy.
I invite you to read:
- The full Testo AG case study
- About the many other customers who have deployed HP Converged Infrastructure solutions
- My blog post about why you should add HP activities to your VMworld agenda - assuming you are planning to attend
Thanks for your time.
NOTE: The numbers and benefits in all our Converged Infrastructure case studies are not HP claims. They are the actual results reported by the company being profiled.