Solution: Building a Modern and Powerful Private Cloud
SFS Group has selected Hitachi Vantara to provide its entire private cloud infrastructure including converged and hyperconverged solutions. “Extending our Hitachi Vantara private cloud was critical to meet new business requirements,” remarks Lüchinger. “Hitachi Vantara has proven to be an excellent partner throughout our relationship—providing reliable, easy-to-manage solutions with great performance and outstanding support.”
The company’s mission-critical applications are powered by over 70 Hitachi Advanced Server DS120 and DS240, as well as the hyperconverged solution Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC. Data is stored on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G350 and Hitachi VSP G600 hybrid flash systems.
“We chose Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC because of the ease of use,” says Lüchinger. “The highly integrated solution was deployed quickly with full support from Hitachi. It has helped us to reduce operational risk and strengthen our disaster recovery processes.”
SFS Group uses its private cloud on Hitachi UCP CI to manage 800 virtual and physical servers, running Linux and Microsoft Windows Server operating systems to support SAP ERP, Oracle Database and Microsoft SQL Server software. Most workloads are distributed across large VMware vSphere clusters, using virtualization to maximize reliability, availability and resource utilization. The team uses 300 virtual servers to provide virtual desktops to the worldwide workforce using Citrix technology.
Driven by the strategic move to SAP S/4HANA, SFS Group is working to consolidate its ERP applications and streamline its operations. The goal is to align business processes more closely with established industry standards, minimizing the need for costly customizations and reducing maintenance costs. As part of this group-wide digitization program, the company has migrated several applications, including its online stores, to SAP HANA running on the Hitachi Vantara private cloud solution.
To minimize the risk of data loss, all data from SFS Group’s enterprise storage platform and its Hitachi NAS Platform and Hitachi Unified Storage VM file storage is backed up centrally using the Hitachi Data Protection Suite. Backups are stored on a range of Hitachi storage solutions, including Hitachi Content Platform for scalable, low-cost object storage.
“Rapid backups and disaster recovery processes are crucial for us to maintain availability for our manufacturing lines,” explains Lüchinger. “Using Hitachi Content Platform to archive SAP data according to compliance and auditing requirements has proven highly effective and cost-efficient. For improved resiliency, we’re currently expanding our implementation of Hitachi Data Protection Suite, powered by Commvault, to include in-memory business data from SAP HANA.”