Sealed Air builds a highly available, high-performance SAP software landscape with IBM DB2 pureScale

Published on 20 Nov 2013

The IBM and SAP teams did an excellent job in training us on pureScale and the technologies that support it.

Barbara Snapp, Director, Infrastructure Solution Architect, Sealed Air Corporation

Customer
Sealed Air

Industry
Industrial Products

Deployment country
United States

Partner
SAP

Overview

Sealed Air operates in the food and non-food packaging sectors, as well as the cleaning, sanitation and hygiene sectors. A leader in research and innovation, its annual sales revenues have reached $7.6 billion, and its 26,000 employees work in 69 countries across four main regions: North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia.

Business need
Sealed Air operates globally across four main regions – North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia. Thousands of users need to be able to log into its central SAP instance at all times of the day and night, so maintaining availability and high response speeds are critical requirements. The organization also runs a number of resource-intensive batch processes, especially at month-end, which makes it an even greater challenge to manage workload across the IT infrastructure.

Solution
The Sealed Air IT team introduced IBM DB2 9.7 on IBM AIX and activated the Self Tuning Memory Manager (STMM) feature, which actively monitors the memory used by different SAP workloads at different times of day, and adjusts buffer pools dynamically to deliver better performance. Next, the team implemented IBM DB2 pureScale Feature for Enterprise Server Edition, which provides database clustering technologies that increase availability, enable low-cost scale-out expansion, and simplify workload management.

Benefits
Improves performance for online SAP transactions by up to 20 percent by isolating them from batch workloads. Provides superior high availability with near-instant failovers if a database member halts. Enables the infrastructure to scale out by adding cost-effective IBM Power 740 servers. Provides the ability to launch new SAP applications safely without affecting performance on existing workload. Reduces infrastructure costs, as high availability can be maintained without the need for duplicate hardware for disk mirroring.

Components

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

Software
AIX, DB2 for Linux, DB2 pureScale Feature for Enterprise Server Edition, General Parallel File System

Hardware
Power 740 AIX Solution Edition

Services
IBM-SAP Alliance

Solution
Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, General Parallel File System (GPFS), High Availability, Information Management Foundation

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