Baldor Electric consolidated several UNIX-based servers onto one IBM eServer zSeries 990. Using zSeries partitioning and virtualization technologies, Baldor is able to run the entire set of its global SAP applications in 24 separate and secure partitions on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and z/OS, all on one single box. The company relies on SAP solutions running on zSeries to power its entire business – including sales and distribution, manufacturing, payroll and finance – supporting the work of 3,800 employees worldwide.
“The migration of our SAP application servers to Linux on the zSeries produced an immediate increase in performance, and has made it easier to manage and maintain our systems,” said Mark Shackleford, director of Information Systems, Baldor Electric. “This consolidation project made it possible for us to take on innovative initiatives like the ShopFloor Display portal. It has also significantly trimmed the total cost of IT and reduced the administrative workload on our department — requiring less than 40 technology professionals to run our global operation.” The company moved to the IBM zSeries mainframe because of its unmatched capability for availability and reliability – averaging decades between systems outages. Baldor estimates $100,000 per hour of projected costs for systems downtime.
“More innovative projects to transform the business”
Another major step of Baldor’s IT transformation was upgrading from the SAP R/3 solution to the latest version of mySAP Business Suite with the SAP NetWeaver open integration and application portal. Based on SAP NetWeaver and the SAP Enterprise Portal component, which SAP recently made available in support of the zSeries mainframe, the company will add support for new applications including mySAP Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM), mySAP Supplier Relationship Management (mySAP SRM), and its ShopFloor Display portal. ShopFloor Display will serve as a dashboard to effectively integrate all applications, data and Web content to develop a manufacturing execution process.
Baldor Electric has also chosen IBM’s TotalStorage DS8000 storage system for back up and recovery of its nearly 14 terabytes of critical data. The storage system is connected to the mainframe. To achieve increased application performance, Baldor is using HiperSockets (server-to-server communication with near-zero latency) for communication between the database servers on DB2 Universal Database for z/OS and the SAP application servers running on Linux for zSeries. “By simplifying its infrastructure on the mainframe, Baldor’s IT staff optimized the IT performance so they could take on more innovative projects to transform the business,” said Terri Virnig, vice president, IBM eServer zSeries.
“More companies are harnessing the combined productivity and reliability of SAP solutions on the IBM zSeries mainframe to meet the always-on requirements of operating in global, integrated environments.” Baldor Electric was an early adopter of SAP solutions on the IBM mainframe – one of the first U.S. companies to run SAP R/3 on the mainframe in the late 1990s. In the ensuing years, Baldor says it has realized an annual decrease in its IT infrastructure costs due to the centralized deployment of SAP solutions on the IBM zSeries.