In lab-based tests with Levi Strauss & Co., the technology partners demonstrated potential TCO reductions by running SAP software on Vblock. Vblock Infrastructure Packages are integrated IT offerings that include best-in-class virtualization, compute, storage security and management technologies. These include the Unified Computing System and Multilayer Director Switches (MDS) from Cisco, EMC Symmetrix V-Max and EMC CLARiiON CX4 Storage Systems (secured by RSA), and the VMware vSphere platform.
Levi Strauss & Co. Sees Private Cloud BenefitsSeeking new ways to accelerate its business and technology objectives, Levi Strauss & Co. worked with SAP, Cisco, EMC, VMware and an integration team from Accenture to explore how the company could realize the potential benefits of running its SAP software in a private cloud environment.
"From both a business and IT perspective, the results are significant and highly compelling, clearly showing how a private cloud environment could help us better manage our SAP landscape and contain costs at the same time," said Tom Peck, SVP and CIO, Levi Strauss & Co. "We also saw how we could achieve greater agility in our business applications to rapidly meet our internal customer business needs. And all of this was achievable through better utilization of our infrastructure assets, without sacrificing performance, security or availability - a really big plus."
TCO Reductions Benefits RevealedIndependent tests commissioned by SAP, Cisco, EMC, VMware and Accenture show that running SAP software on Vblock architecture can reduce TCO in a number of key areas, including:
- Reduction in capital expenses for hardware and software due to use of scalable servers and proprietary virtualization management tools
- Fewer implementation costs due to reduced planning and design requirements, simple setup and reconfiguration of virtual machines and the use of pre-configured templates
- Savings in project costs due to increased business agility achieved through reduced system management efforts and the ability to add or remove virtual machines based on demand
- Less spent in upgrade expenditures due to quick and easy provisioning of test- and training systems on demand and fallback scenarios right out of the box