To satisfy global demand for high-quality steel, voestalpine runs its production processes 24 hours a day. With SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, voestalpine group-IT GmbH can keep the group’s mission-critical manufacturing operations running uninterrupted. Specifically designed to support SAP workloads, the SUSE solution delivers high levels of stability, availability and performance, helping to ensure that the group’s digitized and closely integrated production lines run reliably with minimal IT management effort.

The Challenge

It’s hard to imagine a world without steel. The material is used in everything from cars, planes and ships, to bridges, roads and railways, to domestic appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and fridges.

To meet the demand for high-quality steel and other metals, voestalpine runs its global manufacturing operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and relies on its mission-critical SAP applications running uninterrupted to keep production lines rolling. The group has manufacturing sites across the world, in almost every time zone; in Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and the USA, amongst others. Because voestalpine group-IT GmbH runs and manages every site’s SAP applications in its central data center, there is no room for downtime.

When voestalpine group-IT GmbH was looking to introduce a brand-new SAP landscape for all four divisions of the group, it was eager to streamline and optimize IT operations. voestalpine group-IT GmbH performed a complete architecture evaluation to ensure that the new SAP landscape would be able to run around the clock. After choosing the underlying hardware, it set out to find a suitably reliable, stable operating system.

“SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is a tremendously stable platform with excellent availability—it just runs. And although we operate some very large SAP applications with databases in excess of 2 TB and thousands of users, performance is consistently high.”

SUSE Solution

voestalpine group-IT GmbH selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications as the strategic operating system for its new SAP landscape. What initially attracted it to the SUSE offering was the very close relationship between SUSE and SAP. The fact that SAP uses SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to run both production and development workloads highlights the reliability of the product, and gave voestalpine group-IT GmbH complete confidence that it was the right choice. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications is specifically optimized to support SAP software, and choosing this operating system meant voestalpine group-IT GmbH was ready for deployment of the innovative SAP HANA inmemory platform.

voestalpine group-IT GmbH deployed the new SAP architecture with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications running on Cisco servers virtualized using VMware technology and connected to NetApp storage arrays.

voestalpine group-IT GmbH was happy to see that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications runs extremely reliably. voestalpine group-IT GmbH has also had a very positive experience with the SUSE support team and appreciates the close collaboration with colleagues from SAP to resolve issues together.

Furthermore, voestalpine group-IT GmbH takes advantage of SUSE Manager, making regular use of the patching feature to keep its 200 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Application systems up to date with minimal effort.

The Results

With most SAP workloads now running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, voestalpine group-IT GmbH benefits from high availability, stability and performance, as well as easy management. The group has gained a tremendously stable platform with excellent availability. And although voestalpine group-IT GmbH operates some very large SAP applications with databases in excess of 2 TB and thousands of users, performanceis consistently high.

As a result of optimized update processes, voestalpine group-IT GmbH managed to shorten maintenance windows, maximizing availability of mission-critical systems while increasing security. Being able to install patches more regularly also helps the group to benefit from performance improvements more quickly.

Thanks to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, voestalpine group-IT GmbH can make sure that its broad range of SAP applications run smoothly all day, every day—ensuring that the group can keep manufacturing on track and industry partners supplied with the steel and metal products they need to make premium cars, trains, fridges and more.

Based on its experience with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, voestalpine group-IT GmbH recommends the platform for all new SAP solutions— leading to a level of standardization the group could not achieve with other operating systems in the past.

voestalpine group-IT GmbH is highly satisfied with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications. SUSE has become a trusted partner, and voestalpine group-IT GmbH is looking forward to continue working with the SUSE team to enhance and automate its IT infrastructure even further to stay one step ahead.