Stuttgarter Versicherungsgruppe solves SAP application performance and backup issues with IBM zEnterprise and zBX

Published on 9 Sep 2013

By running our SAP solutions on the new IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension, we have been able to reduce system backup runtime by 80 percent.

Siegfried Langauf, Head of System Administration, Stuttgarter

Customer
Stuttgarter Versicherungsgruppe

Industry
Insurance

Deployment country
Germany

Partner
SAP

Overview

Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, Stuttgarter Versicherungsgruppe employs more than 800 people at ten locations. The company offers a broad range of insurance products – life and non-life – and manages approximately 1.2 million contracts with a total of €676.9 million premium income per year. The assets under management have increased to more than €5.8 billion in 2012.

Business need
Insurance company Stuttgarter Versicherungsgruppe (Stuttgarter Insurance Group) wanted to simplify system management and disaster recovery processes to provide more reliable IT services to staff and customers.

Solution
Set up as a managed service contract, the company deployed an IBM® zEnterprise® 114 server together with the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension to host core SAP ERP and related business applications. To ensure business continuity, insurance company Stuttgarter relies on IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services to provide data mirroring.

Benefits
Reduces investment costs in new infrastructure with service contract and improves business continuity capability substantially with extended and simplified disaster recovery concept. Dramatically lowers storage administration costs and saves time in system administration with consolidation and automation.Eliminates bottlenecks and accelerates backups by 80 percent. Improves system and storage performance substantially by increasing networking bandwidth from 1 Gbits to 10 Gbits. Substantially reduces energy consumption and lowers the cooling requirements.

Components

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

Software
DB2 for Linux, DB2 for z/OS

Hardware
BladeCenter, BladeCenter HX5, Storage, Storage: DS8700, Storage: TS3500 Tape Library, Storage: TS7740 Virtualization Engine, System z, System z: zEnterprise 114 (z114), System z: zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX)

Services
GTS ITS Server: Server Product Services for Linux, GTS ITS Server: Server Product Services for System z, GTS Technical Support Services: Managed Support, IBM-SAP Alliance, STG Lab Services: System z

Solution
Big Data, Business Continuity, Enabling Business Flexibility, Energy Efficiency, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability, Information Management Foundation, Storage Consolidation, System z Software, Virtualization, Virtualization - Applications, Virtualization - Server, Virtualization - Storage

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