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EnBW migrates to PRIMERGY systems

"PRIMERGY RX600 servers are high-performance systems that do their job very well. Thanks to the excellent support by the Fujitsu experts, our migration from a Solaris environment to x86 servers, running on SUSE Linux couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Fujitsu also impressed us with their SAP expertise"

Norbert Poesch, Head of IT Infrastructure Management, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

The customer

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, is one of the largest energy companies in Germany and Europe. EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG generates, trades in, transports and sells energy, and operates in the fields of electricity and gas as well as energy and environmental services. In addition to the use of conventional energies, the increase in energy efficiency and expansion of renewable energies play an important role. EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG’s home market is Baden-Württemberg and Germany. The company is headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The challenge

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG had originally been running its 350 SAP instances on Solaris platforms. Prompted by a reinvestment project, however, the Group had to decide whether it wanted to continue to use SPARC servers or to migrate to x86 systems. The decision was finally taken to opt for the highly virtualized Intel standard servers. The energy company’s IT department soon realized that to implement a migration project of this magnitude as quickly and efficiently as possible, it needed an expert solution partner on board.

The solution

An expert team, comprising employees from EnBW, Fujitsu and NetApp, was responsible for planning and sizing the complex landscape, which included six PRIMERGY RX600 S6 quad socket servers, ten PRIMERGY RX300 S7 dual socket servers. The storage infrastructure was built up with three NetApp filers. The team was also responsible for the installation, migration and commissioning of the systems, including the SAP systems, and for implementing the new SUSE Linux server operating system.

The benefit

  • Significant reduction in IT costs through the use of industry standards, such as the x86 servers
  • Swifter, more flexible provision of resources
  • More efficient data center management as a result of a more homogeneous IT infrastructure
  • High scalability
  • Significantly lower energy costs

Products and services

  • Servers: 6 x Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX600 S6, 10 x Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S7
  • Storage systems: 1 x NetApp FAS6240MC, 2 x NetApp FAS3270
  • Virtualization: VMware vSphere 5
  • Operating system: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
  • Services: Fujitsu Integration Services