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Voith boosts productivity, cuts costs with IBM Power Systems and DB2
The need
Prices in Voith’s principal businesses are governed by fierce international commodity markets, and the key to increasing profitability and margins is cost control. Voith found its database license, storage and IT infrastructure operational costs were increasing, dragging down total business efficiency.

Voith sets standards in the energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transportation and automotive markets. Founded in 1867, Voith employs almost 40,000 people, generates €5.2 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe. Sale prices in Voith’s principal businesses are governed by fierce international commodity markets, and the key to increasing profitability and margins is cost control. It is essential to cut administration expenses at every opportunity. As business volumes were rising, Voith found its database license, storage and IT infrastructure operational costs were increasing, dragging down total business efficiency. Voith was faced with the need to operate its SAP systems more costefficiently. The Voith team’s evaluation was that migrating database systems to DB2 would realize significant cost savings.

The solution
Voith chose to extend its existing Power Systems server landscape with POWER6 and POWER7 processor-based servers as the platform of choice, and migrate its SAP database to IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows version 9.5.

The benefit
Average SAP response time is up to 20 percent faster, offering increased productivity for all SAP users. Software license costs have decreased, and maintenance, administration and operational expenses have been reduced. In addition with DB2 Deep Compression, Voith reduced its storage requirements by at least 30 percent.

Key business challenges
• Maintain a stable, reliable solution with high resilience and full disaster recovery • Control costs, reduce license fees and cut operational expenses • Increase efficiency by reducing database administration workload • Drive return on investment with improved services and reduced IT budgets. In parallel with the business objectives, the Voith IT Solutions division also wished to address technical challenges, in order to: • Improve system performance with faster response times for 7,000 SAP users • Simplify the IT landscape and reduce complexity for more than 80 SAP instances • Cut data storage volumes and reduce data management costs.

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Designed for Data

Voith set out its project objectives, with cost-savings as the first priority, and drew up a list of the enabling technologies: • Extend the existing Power server landscape with POWER6 and POWER7 processor-based servers • Migrate to IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows version 9.5 to support all SAP instances by the end of June 2010, offering lower maintenance and licensing costs • Update IBM AIX from 5.3 to 6.1 TL3 to take advantage of advanced virtualization technologies • Update IBM PowerHA from 5.5 to 6.1, spanning the twin data centers in Heidenheim, to improve resilience • Implement IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and Tivoli FlashCopy Manager for data management and performing near-instant application-aware snapshot backups with minimal performance impact for SAP.

Voith captures millions of SAP transactions and delivers data to SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse and related analytics applications to help discover new customer insights.

Tuned to the Task

Voith runs its SAP applications in virtual servers on IBM Power Systems servers, able to adjust processing capacity and resources to match the exact need of each application’s workload in the most flexible, cost-efficient manner.

Managed in the Cloud

Voith has deployed integrated service management capabilities at twin data centers, including a range of Tivoli and InfoSphere products that mask the complexity of the underlying servers, storage and network, and helps the company provision and deploy new business services automatically.

Selecting DB2
Voith selected IBM DB2 as the target database because it met the key business criteria of lower operational costs and enhanced business resilience. The close integration provided by the SAP DBA Cockpit for DB2 significantly reduces the database administration workload, and simplifies management of the SAP application databases. Furthermore, SAP’s own use of DB2 as its core database choice offered great confidence to Voith that DB2 was a long-term strategic partner for mission-critical applications. Migrating the databases presented the largest single challenge, preserving integrity while minimizing the workload, and ensuring that the process would involve the least possible total downtime. Voith selected IBM InfoSphere Change Data Capture (CDC) for one of its systems, which enables real-time data replication to support migrations, greatly accelerating the migration process by eliminating redundant data transfer. The existing IBM Power architecture was used to support the migration, by using Logical Partitions (LPARs) to provide independent servers for each process. IBM InfoSphere CDC captures only changed data and transfers it from publisher to subscriber systems. This improves operational efficiency and saves time and resources by eliminating redundant data transfer and saving network bandwidth. IBM InfoSphere CDC includes data transformation and filtering, such as translation of values, derivation of new calculated fields, and joining of tables at the source or target. Custom data transformations can be created, stored and retrieved within InfoSphere CDC as macros, and row and column selection makes it possible for users to limit access to sensitive information, or to flow user-specific data to particular sites.

Driving Innovation

The IBM solution enabled Voith to drive down costs while maximizing performance, a vital advantage in a fiercely competitive marketplace. Faster SAP response times enhance employee productivity, helping the company to capitalize on opportunities as soon as possible.

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Solution Components
IBM Power™ 570 server • IBM Power 770 server • IBM System Storage DS8000®

Additionally, data stored in various character sets and languages can be seamlessly replicated to disparate platforms.

An optimized storage architecture
To support the SAP applications and run the DB2 databases, IBM Business Partner SVA worked with Voith to deploy the new AIX LPARs on the four 16-way POWER6 processor-based IBM Power 570 servers, with 256 GB memory, with two servers installed in each data center. Using IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), the servers were connected to two IBM System Storage DS8000 disk systems and several third-party storage devices. In each data center, each server was divided into multiple Logical Partitions (LPARs), and also acted as its twin’s failover server using PowerHA. For example, Server 1 was divided into 19 LPARs, with allocations ranging from 4CPU to 0.1CPU, and Server 2 supported 20 LPARs with a similar allocation range. The PowerHA cluster supported the critical applications on the two machines, allowing production to continue even if one server suffered an unplanned outage. The LPAR technology allows Voith to optimize workload across its CPU resources by setting maximum allocations that exceed the physical CPU total. As the workload in each LPAR varies, resources are made available as required from the physical processor and memory, allowing each LPAR to maximize throughput. By implementing IBM SAN Volume Controller, Voith has been able to unify storage systems from multiple vendors, including HP and IBM. SAN Volume Controller software is delivered pre-installed on SVC Storage Engines, ready for implementation once the engines are attached to the SAN. SVC Storage Engines are based on proven IBM System x server technology and are deployed in redundant pairs, designed to deliver very high availability. SVC takes control of existing storage, presenting the data volumes to servers as a single storage pool. Because only the SVC storage driver is needed for all servers or virtual server images, it greatly simplifies changes to the storage infrastructure. Devices can be added, upgraded or removed, while the systems, servers and applications are fully insulated from the underlying technical complexity. Following the successful introduction of the Power servers, Voith installed two additional POWER6 processor-based systems prior to the migration to DB2. As the SAP application landscape has expanded, the number of servers and LPARs has also grown. The original four POWER5 servers and the two additional POWER6 servers now support between 80 to 100 LPARs, which is easily possible with the enhanced performance of the POWER processors and PowerVM

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IBM DB2® for Linux, UNIX and Windows IBM AIX® IBM PowerHA® IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager IBM Tivoli FlashCopy Manager IBM System Storage® SAN Volume Controller IBM InfoSphere® Change Data Capture SAP® ERP

IBM Business Partner

System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH (SVA)

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capabilities such as Virtual I/O Servers and micropartitioning. During the DB2 migration project Voith also installed the new generation of POWER servers, two IBM Power 770 with POWER7 processors, each with 24 cores and 768 GB memory.

Enjoying the Benefits
Voith is implementing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. This innovative solution for backup, recovery and cloning in virtualized environments includes special extensions for SAP data management. The highly automated Tivoli Storage Management solution provides flexibility, delivers detailed information on cloning, backup and performance status, and eliminates major repetitive administrative workload efforts. Alongside the technical effects of data compression achieved in the migration to DB2, the database consumes less main memory by around 40 percent, therefore the physical database RAM is effectively 40 percent larger. The result is that even though the amount of physical main memory has remained unchanged, more main memory is available per transaction, which in turn improves performance without requiring additional investment in memory or bandwidth. Through the use of advanced IBM virtualization technologies, Voith also achieves better CPU utilization, and CPU workload reductions for some systems – exploiting current processor investments to the maximum by handling greater workload with the same physical capacity. Average SAP response time is up to 20 percent faster, offering increased productivity for all SAP users Better memory utilization through DB2 compression techniques means that Voith avoids the need for additional investments in memory capacity. Around 40 percent more data can be put in memory, which in turn offers a better cache hit ratio and results in better SAP application response time. By comparison, the Oracle databases consumed more database cache and RAM with a hit rate of about 97 percent. With DB2 the cache hit rate is more than 99 percent. For databases with up to 100 billion accesses per week, this incremental improvement has produced significant performance gains resulting in 20 percent faster response time for the SAP users. I/O traffic reduced by up to 40 percent, which leads to improved performance without having to invest in additional processor, memory or network capacity.

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