As one of the largest appliance manufacturers in Europe, Turkey’s Arçelik uses SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) to help manage its global operations. When Arçelik needed to refresh its software and hardware infrastructure, it faced the question of whether to update its existing Sun/Solaris/Oracle technology stack or migrate to a new solution. After analyzing options, including conducting onsite proof of concept testing of an IBM/DB2 stack and the Microsoft® Application Platform hosted on HP servers, Arçelik decided to migrate to the Microsoft/HP solution, including a forthcoming upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 Enterprise database software running on the Windows Server® 2008 Enterprise operating system. The software is hosted on HP Integrity rx8640 and HP ProLiant DL380 server computers. Arçelik has enjoyed 3 times faster performance and a lower total cost of ownership.
As one of the foremost companies in KOÇ Group and Turkish private industry, Arçelik Company was founded in 1955. Being a pioneer in the Turkish household appli-ances sector, the Company manufactured the first washing machine in 1959 and refrigerator in 1960. In the years since, it has grown to one of the largest household appliance manufacturers in Europe, realizing a consolidated turnover of U.S.$4.7 billion in 2007.
Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Arçelik has a global workforce of 18,000, and sells its products and services in more than 100 countries. The company has 12 production plants distributed across four countries.
Behind the scenes, the company depends on its SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in running its core business of production, marketing, and after sales services for its full range of household appliances and components. Arçelik had been running SAP 4.6c, and its 5-terabyte database, using Sun hardware, Solaris operating system, and Oracle database.
The Sun/Solaris/Oracle platform had performed well for Arçelik, but after four years, the company needed to upgrade to SAP 6.0 and at the same time wanted to perform Unicode conversion in SAP as well to support multiple languages. As the ERP upgrade project was planned, Arçelik decided to reconsider its platform.
||With the new Microsoft Application Platform and HP infrastructure our SAP system performance is 3 times faster than our previous Sun/Solaris/Oracle solution.
||Ahmet Ihsan Ceylan
Chief Information Officer, Arçelik
Arçelik considered solutions including continuing with a newer version of its Sun/Solaris/Oracle technology stack; moving to an IBM/DB2 stack, and migrating to a solution using HP hardware, and the Microsoft® Application Platform, including the Windows Server® operating system and Microsoft SQL Server® database software. The company invited vendors for an IBM/DB2 Platform and for an HP/Windows/SQL Server Platform, to conduct an onsite proof of concept project.
Selection criteria included Arçelik’s stated need to find a solution that provided better performance, a more secure infrastructure, lower total cost of ownership, and a strong vendor commitment to continued technological innovation. Arçelik was impressed by the high SAP benchmarks achieved by the HP/Windows/SQL Server stack in three-tier application testing.
One concern the company had was the time required to migrate its existing SAP data should it decide to re-platform. A parallel exercise performed at Microsoft’s SAP Competency Center in Waldorf, Germany indicated that using HP hardware and the Microsoft Application Platform, including Windows Server and SQL Server, the complete migration could be performed over a weekend.
As a result of all benchmarking activities and strong vendor commitment, Arçelik chose to migrate its SAP infrastructure to the Microsoft Application Platform hosted on HP server computers. The company moved its SAP infrastructure to SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition running on the Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition operating system, hosted on HP Integrity rx8640 and HP ProLiant DL380 server computers.
Arçelik plans a rapid upgrade to SQL Server 2008 Enterprise running on Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, to take advantage of a number of features new to SQL Server 2008, including:
- Database Compression. New for SQL Server 2008, the Database Compression feature will help Arçelik store more data on its hard drives, reducing the need to add new storage systems. That same feature also reduces the number of disk reads databases must perform—which can degrade performance—by incorporating more data into system memory.
- Backup Compression. Arçelik is interested in SQL Server 2008 Backup Compression because the compression is performed in memory before the data is transferred to disk. Backups run significantly faster since less disk I/O is required. Backup compression reduces the storage required to keep backups online, reducing the overall cost of keeping disk-based backups.
- Integrated Full-Text Search. SQL Server 2008 introduces Integrated Full-Text Search, which makes the transition between full-text search and relational data seamless while enabling users to employ the full-text indexes to perform high-speed text searches on large text columns . This feature is considered for use in SQL Server installations other than SAP.
The company was so interested in the new features that it joined Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program for SQL Server 2008. This enabled Arçelik to have early access to SQL Server 2008 resources. Arçelik plans to take advantage of SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services to support the creation, maintenance, processing and querying of data cubes. The company will use SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services, a comprehensive, server-based solution for creating, managing, and delivering real-time information, to support daily operations and decisions.
The 5-terabyte SAP database, hosted on a single instance of SQL Server, is expected to grow to more than 8 terabytes over the next 3 years as the number of users is expected to grow from the current base of 1,000 employees to more than 2,500.
Migrating its SAP ERP infrastructure to the Microsoft Application Platform hosted on HP server computers has enabled Arçelik to enjoy performance that is 3 times faster than its previous platform that used a Sun/Solaris/Oracle technology stack. Arçelik benefitted from easy migration to the Microsoft Application Platform. The company anticipates greater resource efficiency after it upgrades to SQL Server 2008 to take advantage of new compression features. The company also is enjoying a lower total cost of ownership.
Performance 3 Times Faster
Moving its SAP ERP solution from the Sun/Solaris/Oracle stack to an HP/Windows Server/SQL Server stack significantly enhanced overall system performance. “With the new Microsoft Application Platform and HP infrastructure our SAP system performance is 3 times faster than our previous Sun/Solaris/Oracle solution,” says Ahmet Ihsan Ceylan, Chief Information Officer at Arçelik.
||We plan to use SQL Server 2008 Data Compression and Backup Compression to reduce our overall data storage needs, which also helps streamline overall data management.
||Ahmet Ihsan Ceylan
Chief Information Officer, Arçelik
Early in the evaluation process, Arçelik identified the need for an easy migration, seeking a process that could be completed in a weekend, which is what it achieved with the HP and Microsoft solution.
“We needed to migrate the hardware, operating system and the database concurrently and within a single weekend,” says Ceylan. “Microsoft’s testing showed it could be done in time and in fact that is what our team was able to do. The complete SAP Platform migration was accomplished in a single weekend. As we completed the platform migration, we have initiated SAP version upgrade and Unicode conversion projects”
Greater Resource Efficiency with Compression
Arçelik looks forward to deploying SQL Server 2008 to take advantage of the Data Compression and Backup Compression features. “Especially when dealing with multi-terabyte databases, compression becomes important,” says Ceylan. “We plan to use SQL Server 2008 Data Compression and Backup Compression to reduce our overall data storage needs, which also helps streamline overall data management.”
Lower Total Cost of Ownership
The combination of the Microsoft Application Platform running on HP server computers yielded the lower total cost of ownership that Arçelik sought. “We are very happy with the value we’ve gained from moving to the Microsoft Application Platform hosted on HP server computers,” says Ceylan. “We are saving on licensing, hardware, and on systems integration and ongoing administrative and data management costs. The Microsoft Application Platform makes it easy to create integrated solutions that also provide a highly secure infrastructure.”
In summary, after analyzing technology stacks including Sun/Solaris/Oracle, IBM/DB2, and HP/Windows Server/SQL Server, Arçelik determined it would enjoy the best performance and lowest total cost of ownership by migrating its 5-terabyte SAP infrastructure to the Microsoft Application Platform hosted on HP server computers.
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Document published October 2008