Adobe improves scalability and performance with SAP applications and IBM cloud-based solutions

Published on 28 Jun 2012

The IBM team hit the ball out of the park. In addition to addressing the technical challenges of the solution, they took the future direction of the business into account – that really set IBM apart from the pack.

Paulette Scheffer, Senior Director of Core Infrastructure and Service Management, Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Computer Services

Deployment country
United States



Employing more than 9,000 people, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Adobe) provides tools and services that enable its customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, and then continually measure and optimize it based on user data. By providing complete solutions that combine digital media creation with data-driven marketing, the company helps businesses improve their communications, strengthen their brands, and ultimately achieve greater business success.

Business need
US-based multimedia software company Adobe Systems wanted to take advantage of the explosion in digital media and publishing platforms. The company’s existing IT infrastructure with many physical servers was relatively slow to respond to new business demands, limiting the company’s ability to scale cost-effectively and causing delays in responding to new business requirements.

Working with IBM, Adobe Systems moved from a traditional server environment to a fully virtualized environment, with private cloud capabilities based on IBM Power servers and IBM PowerVM. Hundreds of standalone servers and business-critical SAP systems and Oracle databases were consolidated to just five IBM Power 770 servers running IBM PowerVM software.

Adobe Systems estimates total project savings and cost avoidance in physical systems, license fees, maintenance costs, and energy from their IaaS Project will come to $60 million over five years, and the IBM and SAP portion contributed to that number. The optimized infrastructure and simplified landscape makes the solution easier and more cost-effective to manage. Servers that previously took weeks to procure and set up can now be enabled in a matter of hours, greatly speeding the time to market for new offerings.


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

AIX, PowerVM

Power 770, Power Systems

GTS Integrated Technology Services, GTS IS Systems Services: Server Product Services for Power Systems, IBM-SAP Alliance

Cloud Computing, Enabling Business Flexibility, Energy Efficiency, Enterprise Resource Planning, Server Consolidation, Small & Medium Business, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server

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