Rasselstein: migration to IBM DB2 helps to cut costs and improve performance for business-critical SAP applications

Published on 3-Nov-2010

Along with the functional aspects of this solution, we are looking especially at its overall profitability for Rasselstein. The cost of migration was recouped in the first year of operation, and operating costs were reduced by more than half.

Ralf Damitz, CIO, Rasselstein GmbH


Industrial Products

Deployment country



Rasselstein, founded in 1760, is a pioneer of iron- and steelmaking, is the world’s largest tinplate production site, and is Germany’s only tinplate manufacturer. Located in Andernach on the Rhine, Rasselstein GmbH is a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG, and forms part of the Steel Europe business area. Some 2,400 employees produce around 1.5 million tons of packaging steel a year, destined for 400 customers in more than 80 countries.

Business need
Rasselstein struggled with the costs and effort required to manage application release changes for different SAP systems, convert to the Unicode standard and control database growth. The challenge was to improve response times and reduce operational expenses and solve these technical issues at the same time.

Implemented IBM DB2 9.5 for Linux, Unix and Windows Enterprise Server Edition with Storage Optimization feature, managed by IBM Information Management Software Services; completed the database and Unicode conversion processes in a single step.

Major reductions in the total costs of ownership, with significantly lower storage requirements, and measurably better response time behavior.


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

DB2 Storage Optimization Feature, DB2 for Linux

IBM-SAP Alliance

Enterprise Resource Planning

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