Published on 5 Nov 2012
“ For us, improving the reliability of our operations has been the biggest advantage, even more so than the cost savings we’ve seen so far. Knowing that vital company data is completely protected in the event of a disaster is priceless. The hardware infrastructure implemented by IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services offers a solid platform for our business-critical SAP systems, and gives us the flexibility we need to meet the growing demands of the group. ”
Mark Vandeurzen, Managing Director, Manasco
Manasco is the information and communications technology company of the Etex Group, a leading Belgian industrial group that specialises in the manufacture and marketing of high-quality building materials and systems. Manasco is responsible for providing central IT services to the Etex user community, and is largely focused on building and supporting SAP functionality for other group companies. The company is headquartered in Brussels and its team members work in countries all over the world.
Manasco’s parent company, the Etex Group, is in the process of moving all of its operating companies towards one central SAP platform, requiring Manasco to support more and more SAP applications and users. Manasco needed to invest in more computing power and capacity to cope with the group’s ever-increasing performance requirements. It also wanted to invest in a more comprehensive high availability and disaster recovery solution.
Working with IBM® Business Continuity and Resiliency Services and IBM Business Partner Cegeka, Manasco deployed two IBM Power® 750 Express servers and an IBM System Storage® DS8700. One Power 750 Express is used for the company’s SAP production system; the second is used for backup, development and testing, and is hosted externally at an IBM datacenter.
Delivered TCO savings of €320,000 over 4 years. Reduced system restore time from 24 hours to one or two hours, an improvement of over 90 percent. Enables Manasco to maintain near 24/7 availability of business-critical SAP applications, which are crucial for supporting group-wide operations.
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
Power 750, Power Systems running i
GTS IS Resiliency Services: Managed Resiliency Services
Business Continuity, Business Resiliency, Energy Efficiency, Enterprise Resource Planning, High Availability, Small & Medium Business
© Copyright IBM Corporation 2012 IBM Deutschland GmbH 71137 Ehningen Deutschland ibm.com/de IBM Österreich Obere Donaustrasse 95 1020 Wien ibm.com/at IBM Schweiz Vulkanstrasse 106 8010 Zürich ibm.com/ch Produced in Germany May 2012 IBM, the IBM logo, Power, POWER7, Power Systems, System Storage and ibm.com are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. A current list of other IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright and trademark information” at http://www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml. Other company, product or service names may be trademarks, or service marks of others. IBM and Cegeka are separate companies and each is responsible for its own products. Neither IBM nor Cegeka makes any warranties, express or implied, concerning the other’s products. References in this publication to IBM products, programs or services do not imply that IBM intends to make these available in all countries in which IBM operates. Any reference to an IBM product, program or service is not intended to imply that only IBM’s product, program or service may be used. Any functionally equivalent product, program or service may be used instead. All customer examples cited represent how some customers have used IBM products and the results they may have achieved. Actual environmental costs and performance characteristics will vary depending on individual customer configurations and conditions. IBM hardware products are manufactured from new parts, or new and used parts. In some cases, the hardware product may not be new and may have been previously installed. Regardless, IBM warranty terms apply. This publication is for general guidance only. Photographs may show design models.