Background

  • Operation and maintenance in Consol’s own Tier2 data center
  • Legacy operating system and database: Microsoft
  • Performance designed for peak load: 120,000 SAPS (SAP application performance standard)
  • Well-structured application landscape, including SAP systems, managed by T-Systems
"THE BIS ASSESSMENT MADE CLEAR WHETHER AND TO WHAT EXTENT OUR BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND CLOUD COMPUTING ARE A GOOD FIT"
Johann Du Plessis, CIO, Consol
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Mircosoft Windows SQL Server
  • SAN Memory

Cloud Readiness Assessment (CRA)

Existing applications are evaluated according to business needs and on a technical basis:

  1. Analysis of current situation
  2. CMO analysis and solution design
  3. Presentation of results
  • Customer-specific software
  • SAP
  • Group software
  • Client software

Preparation for transformation

  • Cloud services selected on the basis of actual requirements and business and IT processes
  • Integration of multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) with T-Systems data center
  • Highly available MPLS connection between sites, with speeds up to 10 Mbit/s

Transformation to the FMO

  • Categorization of applications based on relevance to migration
  • Development of a roadmap for migration based on CRA
  • Migration of applications to the cloud environment using standardized tools
  • Scope: 35 SAP systems (in addition to 16 production systems, 7 quality systems and 11 test/development systems)
  • Timeframe: approximately eight months
  • SuSe Linux Enterprise Server 10
  • IBM DB/2
  • NAS Memory

Results after one year

  • Cost reduction in data center:
    1st year -16%, 2nd year -10%
  • Lower costs through replacement of SQL server with DB2: -45%
  • Transition to Linux: no more licence costs for Microsoft operating system
  • Approx. 180,000 fixed costs (CAPEX) now demand-driven operating costs (OPEX)
  • New Consol site established with the additional capital available
  • ROI achieved by September 2012 as predicted