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Sony Italia Saves 60% in Server Acquisition Costs

Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Virtual Private Cloud
Applicable Industries
  • Electronics
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
  • Software Design & Engineering Services
The Challenge

Several years ago, Sony Europe consolidat­ed most of its IT infrastructure into two data centers in the U.K. Most of the shared ap­plications for the European operations, in­cluding a major SAP ERP solution, are man­aged from this central point of control.

To ensure high performance and ease of maintenance for its country-specific sys­tems, Sony Italia opted to keep its own lo­cal server infrastructure. As time passed, growth in data volumes and user numbers put significant pressure on these servers, resulting in reduced performance and re­liability. With limited budgets, replacing all 30 physical servers was out of the question. Sony Italia also had concerns about rising heat output and electricity consumption in the data center.

Server virtualization was the ideal solution, enabling Sony Italia to preserve its system architecture, while using a more compact and efficient physical infrastructure. Fol­lowing an initial phase of virtualization for about half of its infrastructure, the organi­zation was keen to extend these benefits but needed to find a more cost-effective option.

The Customer

Sony Corporation

About The Customer

Sony Corporation is one of the world’s leading electronics companies, producing a vast array of advanced consumer and professional technologies across computing, audio-visual devices, semiconductors, and electronic components. The corporation operates on a global basis, employing approximately 147,000 people in total. Sony Italia, headquartered in Milan, employs approximately
250 people.

The Solution

Aiming to complete the virtualization of its infrastructure, but finding the cost of addi­tional licenses too high, Sony Italia worked with SUSE to create a solution based on SLES with Xen virtualization included. Also, the addition of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) High Availability Extension ensured a resil­ient, clustered solution.

Sony Italia installed two new servers running SLES in a high-availability cluster. These hosts more than 12 virtual Linux and Windows servers. In normal conditions, the workload is balanced across the two physical serv­ers to ensure optimal performance. In the event of a hardware problem or network issue on one of the servers, the other can automatically and seamlessly take over the entire workload while the fault is fixed.

Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Asset Utilization]
    • Consolidated 12 physical servers to virtual machines running on two physical servers.
    • Reduced TCO by cutting power and cooling requirements
Quantitative Benefit
  • Saved an estimated 60% on server acquisition costs

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