Deutscher Ring goes virtual with IBM System p for cost savings and increased performance

Published on 1 Mar 2008

By virtualizing our SAP software environment and running it on the highly flexible IBM System p5 servers, we have seen impressive reductions in our total cost of ownership while simultaneously boosting performance and availability for the business.

Werner Rave, Manager of IT Architecture Department at Deutscher Ring

Deutscher Ring AG


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Deutscher Ring AG is a major private insurance firm, headquartered in Hamburg and with branch offices throughout Germany. The company employs more than 1,700 people to manage around 2.8 million contracts, with total annual booked gross fees and deposits of approximately €1.5 billion.

Business need
With SAP software divided between various platforms and servers, Deutscher Ring’s infrastructure was complex, inefficient and costly to run. There was limited flexibility in allocating resources to changing business requirements, and performance was deteriorating as workload grew.

Deutscher Ring worked with IBM Global Technology Services to migrate its entire SAP software landscape, both databases and applications, onto two IBM System p5 570 servers running IBM AIX 5L and IBM DB2. The company also implemented IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM DB2 Content Manager with DB2 CommonStore for SAP software, and plans to introduce IBM Tivoli System Automation.

Reduced costs by around 33 per cent, while cutting some batch runs from 90 minutes to just 30 minutes and delivering a 40 per cent improvement in general SAP software response times; gained significant flexibility with IBM Virtual I/O Server; improved operational efficiency with SAP Insurance Collections and Disbursements and strengthened strategic management by delivering Balanced Scorecards using SAP Business Information Warehouse and SAP Strategic Enterprise Management.


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

DB2 CommonStore for SAP Entry Offering, DB2 Content Manager CommonStore for SAP, Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli System Automation for Multiplatforms

System p: System p5 570

IBM-SAP Alliance, GTS Integrated Technology Services

Enterprise Resource Planning, Server Consolidation, Virtualization

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