Sto AG

High-speed storage technology raises sales order capacity by 50 percent to match explosive growth

Published on 1-Apr-2014

For the primary business systems, we use IBM DS8870 for higher performance and lower response time.

Philipp Bellhäuser, Head of IT Infrastructure, Architecture and Operations, Sto

Sto AG

Construction / Architecture / Engineering, Industrial Products

Deployment country



Sto specializes in providing insulation, paint, plasterwork and concrete restoration services to construction companies. Headquartered in Stühlingen, Germany, the firm employs more than 4,600 people across its operations in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and achieved revenues of more than 1 billion in 2012.

Business need
Manufacturer Sto realized that its order-processing capabilities would soon be outpaced by fast-growing business volumes, a scenario that could lead to lost orders or late deliveries.

Sto upgraded its data storage and server systems to the latest IBM technologies, accelerating key production and back-office processes by up to 99 percent.

Cuts latency for sales order processing systems by 50 percent, improving productivity; shrinks data backup from hours to 30 seconds, keeping systems available to serve global customer base.


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

AIX, FlashCopy, System Storage SAN Volume Controller, Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager, Tivoli Storage Manager

Power 750, Power Systems, Power Systems running AIX 7, Storage: DS8870, Storage: Storwize V7000, Storage: TS3500 Tape Library

IBM-SAP Alliance

Ind: Architecture / Eng / Construction, Enabling Business Flexibility, Enterprise Resource Planning, Server Consolidation, Storage Consolidation, Virtualization, Virtualization - Server, Virtualization - Storage, High Availability

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