Balluff transforms SAP application landscape with IBM Power Systems and IBM XIV Storage Systems

Published on 12 Dec 2011

IBM Power servers offer advanced, mature virtualization technologies that, when combined with features such as Live Partition Mobility and Active Memory Expansion, create a robust, flexible, high-performance platform.

Bernhard Herzog, Team Manager Information Technology SAP, Balluff GmbH


Consumer Products, Electronics, Industrial Products

Deployment country



Balluff GmbH, headquartered in Neuhausen, Germany, is a world-leading manufacturer of sensor solutions. The company employs about 2,200 people in 50 countries around the world, and offers products and services in the business areas of object detection, linear positioning sensing, industrial identification, and networking and connectivity. The family-owned company has more than 50 years’ experience with sensor technology and is constantly expanding.

Business need
Customer Objectives included: Improve operational performance of SAP systems; enable more flexible and rapid response to business requests for new capabilities; reduce the time taken for backups, to avoid clashes with production systems; implement high availability solutions to improve system productivity; cut operational costs.

Balluff transformed its traditional three-tier SAP software landscape with standard SAN storage to a fully virtualized environment based on IBM Power Systems with IBM PowerVM and IBM XIV Storage Systems. Using IBM software including DB2, Tivoli Storage Manager, PowerVM, PowerHA, Advanced Memory Expansion and, soon, Live Partition Mobility and Tivoli Flash Copy Manager, the customer has reduced total data storage requirements, increased application flexibility, improved disaster recovery capabilities, saved on hardware expenses and, when implemented, will also enhance application availability.

Total cost savings of up to 15 percent when compared with the previous solution. Reduction in database size by more than 50 percent through use of DB2 compression, estimated to save a five-figure sum in maintenance costs annually. Close collaboration between IBM and SAP ensures compatibility and reduces testing and patching workload. Very smooth integration of IBM DB2 with the new backup solution based on IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. DB2 fits perfectly into the new system landscape. Improved backup times by 50 percent on average.


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

AIX, DB2 for Linux, FlashCopy Manager, PowerVM, Tivoli Storage Manager

Power 750, Power Systems, Power Systems running AIX 6, Storage, Storage: DS3500 Express, Storage: Tape & Optical Storage, Storage: TS3500 Tape Library, Storage: XIV

IBM-SAP Alliance

Business Resiliency, Enabling Business Flexibility, High Availability, Smarter Computing, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server

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