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 – built around many physical servers – was slow to respond to new business demands, limiting the company’s ability to scale and delaying their response 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 leading PowerVM virtualization technology. They consolidated hundreds of standalone servers and business-critical SAP systems and Oracle databases to just five IBM Power 770 servers running IBM PowerVM.
By substantially reducing its physical server footprint:
- Adobe Systems estimates total project savings and cost avoidance in physical systems, license fees, administrative and maintenance costs, cooling and energy from their IaaS Project will come to ~ $60 million over five years, and the IBM/SAP portion contributed to that number.
- Optimized infrastructure and simplified landscape makes the solution easier and more cost-effective to manage.
- New servers that previously took weeks to procure and set up are now enabled in a matter of hours, greatly speeding the time to market for new offerings.
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