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Daifuku implements SAP ERP and VMWare vSphere in Fujitsu infrastructure to provide improved performance

"SSD was used for mission-critical data that requires high performance and the conventional HDD was storing minimal accessed data to expand storage scalability. Automated tiering was the solution to these challenges. Fujitsu’s proposal had a good balance of cost and performance."

Yousuke Muroga, Chief of Business System Group, Information System Department, Daifuku Co., Ltd.

The customer

Material handling such as storing, transferring and sorting materials is essential in business settings. Daifuku is the world’s leading material handling equipment manufacturer providing solutions for manufacturing, distribution, cleanroom, automotive, aviation and other industries. Daifuku group spreads its own production sites and offices in 20 countries and regions, and its non-Japan sales ratio exceeds more than 60%.

In its four-year business plan (2013-2016), Daifuku endeavors to evolve from a manufacturer of material handling systems to a Value Innovator that provides the best solutions for customers, backed by the expertise and technologies it has accumulated as a comprehensive manufacturer and integrator of material handling systems. For the further growth of the company, use of ICT is even more essential.

The challenge

  • Solution for overnight batch processing delay
  • Solution to simplify storage management on virtual environment
  • Need actual storage performance check before decision making

The solution

  • Storage automated tiering system using SSD and existing HDD
  • Shared template from virtual infrastructure and storage resource pooling
  • Fujitsu constructed infrastructure using SAP ERP and VMware vSphere at Fujitsu Trusted Cloud Square Kansai to measure the performance for actual operation

The benefit

  • ETERNUS DX440 S2 was implemented for higher I/O performance. Storage automated tiering using SSD and existing HDD improved I/O performance largely while keeping the costs low. Batch process has shortened to half compared with the previous system
  • Simplified management by creating shared template using pooling of storage resource with virtual infrastructure and ETERNUS SF Storage Cruiser. The templates ease the ERP implementation to overseas branches
  • Fujitsu constructed infrastructure using SAP ERP and VMware vSphere at Fujitsu Trusted Cloud Square Kansai to measure the performance for actual operation. The result satisfied Daifuku’s storage performance requirements and was able to confirm the turning point for infrastructure system operation on virtual environment

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