The 2010 IBM Business Partner Award Winner: Dynamic Infrastructure

The 2010 IBM Business Partner Award Winner: Dynamic Infrastructure

Key business benefits for Juken New Zealand:

Twenty to 30 percent reduction in administration time spent on supporting systems; Eliminated unplanned system outages, provides ‘peace of mind’ to client; Faster performance users would complain about ‘slow computers’… that issue has been minimised; Virtualisation resulted in smaller physical server room footprint, lower power, cooling costs.

Technology used:

IBM POWER, Blade servers

IBM DB2 database

IBM i operating system

Integral Axon has helped Juken New Zealand add considerable value to its operations with an IBM-based virtualised configuration. With more stability, less administrative overheads, reduced footprints and faster performance, Integral Axon made a strong case for the benefits of virtualisation. Juken NZ can now focus on managing its business instead of managing the company's IT resources. Raymond Skoglund, channel manager IBM New Zealand

Juken New Zealand, a manufacturer of high quality solid wood products made from trees grown in the company's own sustainable forests, was planning a major upgrade of its infrastructure to more effectively support its JD Edwards ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution. The company's existing system was prone to unplanned outages (nothing critical, just annoying) and was at risk due to Windows-based viral attacks. In addition, slow response times were causing end-user frustrations.

Integral Axon was asked to assist with the upgrade. It suggested a more efficient and cost-effective solution incorporating virtualised IBM servers. In addition, it suggested transitioning the existing Linux / Oracle / Microsoft environment to the more robust IBM i operating system and IBM BD2 database. As a result, Juken has a more stable operating system, outages have been reduced and the IT manager spends less time looking after systems.

As part of the project specification, Integral Axon prepared detailed cost scenarios and calculated that the proposed solution would cost up to 34 percent less than an Intel/Microsoft SQL database configuration and up to 51 percent less than the existing Linux/Oracle environment.

The virtualised IBM solution has resulted in a number of benefits for Juken. Not only is it less expensive to maintain, but the administrative overheads for the company have been significantly reduced, with the IT manager spending between 20 to 30 percent less time on administration tasks. The dynamic partitioning inherent in the virtualised configuration also means that Juken can scale up or down on specific operations, depending on its needs.

Another key benefit of the virtualised infrastructure is that the company now has a more secure and highly-available disaster recovery profile that ensures smooth operations. Also, as a result of virtualisation, the overall footprints have been significantly reduced which in turn has resulted in savings on power and cooling costs.

Risks have also been mitigated as a result of the upgrade. Juken had been hit with a worm that had caused a partial system shutdown. Integral Axon assisted with the implementation of a Trend Micro security upgrade that has increased security and reduced threats. In addition, the IBM i OS doesn’t require the security patches that had necessitated system re-boots causing bottlenecks in production.

The major benefits to Juken are that it now has ‘peace of mind’. The company's systems are more closely aligned with business objectives, more responsive to user needs, more robust in respect to security and availability and require less administrative time to manage. In addition, the IBM system has significantly reduced operational costs. And finally, because the design has been optimised for trouble-free operations, the risk of human error has been significantly reduced.

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