PLANSEE boosts efficiency and compresses database costs with SAP on IBM DB2

Published on 20-May-2011

The IBM solution provides the ideal support for the SAP applications that lie at the heart of PLANSEE’s operations. IBM POWER7 technology provides the exceptionally high performance and stability we need to manage greater growth and additional success.

Engelbert Wörle, Head of IT Infrastructure, PLANSEE


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PLANSEE is the world market leader in high performance materials produced by powder metallurgy. These materials are used in future technologies such as clean energy, medical technology, electronics, and mobility. In close co-operation with its customers, PLANSEE of Austria develops innovative materials solutions by combining outstanding materials knowledge with profound applications and technology know-how. PLANSEE is a privately-owned business with 30 production facilities on three continents and with sales offices in 49 countries, and represents a strong partner for research and industry.

Business need
Following the acquisition of a company in the US, Austrian powder metallurgy company PLANSEE experienced a period of rapid growth. As it approached the end of its leasing contracts, the company identified an opportunity to upgrade its hardware platform in order to ensure that it could provide its SAP systems with excellent performance in times of continuous growth. This represented an ideal time to find a cost-efficient alternative for its existing Oracle database, which was expanding sharply, calling for expensive additions to storage capacity.

Migrated a suite of SAP software including SAP ERP, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, SAP Solution Manager, SAP Supply Chain Management and SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services to two IBM Power 780 systems with 12 POWER7 processors each and a total of 16 cores each in Turbo Mode. IBM System Storage DS8100 and IBM System Storage TS1130 tape drives provide storage, managed by IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. Working with IBM Software Services, PLANSEE replaced its existing Oracle database with IBM DB2 and activated deep compression.

Upgrading to the latest POWER7 technology with capacity offered on an on-demand basis gives PLANSEE the flexibility to scale to meet changing requirements, whilst paying only for what is used. Replacing Oracle database with IBM DB2 cut the company’s database size by 50 percent, decreasing backup times by 50 percent, and introducing storage savings of approximately 30 percent. Overall, the solution is expected to achieve a return on investment (ROI) in just three years, whilst the migration to IBM DB2 is projected to offer an ROI of a single year.


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

AIX, DB2 for Linux, Tivoli Storage Manager

Power 780, Power Systems, Storage, Storage: DS8100, Power Systems running AIX

IBM-SAP Alliance, Software Services for Information Management

IGF: IT Financing - IBM HW, IGF: IT Financing - IBM SW, IGF: Used Equipment, Enabling Business Flexibility, Enterprise Resource Planning, Service Management

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