Migrating On-Premise SAP Systems to Improve Performance and DR Capability

Prompted by the expiration of a hardware maintenance contract, Toyo Gosei Co., Ltd. decided to migrate its on-premise SAP systems to A5 for Microsoft Azure. The company has taken the first step towards cloud adoption while improving performance and DR * capability.

Server replacement prompted by the imminent expiration of an SAP hardware maintenance contract

Toyo Gosei Co., Ltd. (TGC), a chemical manufacturer founded in 1954, began by manufacturing and refining medicinal chemistry products. Today, TGC has two main business segments: chemical products and photosensitive materials (essential for manufacturing semiconductor circuits). TGC has had mission critical on-premise SAP systems for about eight years. Initially, TGC's servers were at the Chiba plant; they were later relocated to the data center. At this time, TGC made various improvements. Mr. Kageki Hirano, Manager of the IT & BPR Dept., stated:

"After the manufacturer's five-year maintenance contract expired, we extended the contract for about two more years. Then, we maintained the servers under a third-party maintenance contract. However, due to an increased number of users, disk capacity tightened and we encountered some performance problems, so we decided to replace the servers."

High accolades for Fujitsu's detailed and flexible responses in consideration of the information Systems Division's Personnel Structure

TGC examined on-premise and cloud-based systems, preparing an RFP ** in Sept. 2014. After comparing five vendors' proposals, TGC chose FUJITSU Cloud Service A5 for MS Azure. Mr. Hirano praised its compatibility.

The proposal included Panaya, an SAP application migration support tool to reduce man-hours. Mr. Hirano's team of 7 made great use of it.

Increasing the processing speed by a factor of more than 10 while enhancing DR capability

From Apr. 2015, performance problems in the nine-month SAP migration project were solved by changing to SSD *** storage and adjusting OS and SQL server parameters. In Jan. 2016, new SAP systems on A5 for MS Azure started operation. The largest benefit is better total performance. For example, 10-min. timeouts used to occur monthly when acquiring data from plant SAP systems, but the new one can do so in a minute, 10x as fast.

Mr. Kunihiro Imai, Supervisor of the IT & BPR Dept., noted TGC benefits from the new DR capability. By migrating to A5 for MS Azure, instant system backups and data backup to the West Japan Data Center (for geo-redundancy) have both become possible, increasing security.

Enhancing SAP systems and adopting A5 for Peripheral Systems too

By migrating existing systems to A5 for MS Azure, TGC improved performance while gaining DR capability. It also significantly benefits from the knowledge of Azure obtained. Mr. Imai praised the convenience of instantly creating a test server by paying only a monthly fee, and noted TGC is considering use of A5 for MS Azure for file servers.

In Japan, adopting A5 for SAP-based mission-critical systems--not just in development environments but also production environments--is an advanced approach. Fujitsu will continue to support TGC in using cloud computing and developing its business.

*: DR (disaster recovery) refers to recovering and restoring systems that have been damaged by natural disasters or other cataclysmic events.
**: An abbreviation of "Request For Proposal." An RFP is a document requesting that vendors develop specific, detailed proposals to provide services to introduce information systems.
***: An abbreviation of "Solid State Drive." An SSD is a data storage device that uses flash memory (semiconductor memory) as its storage medium. SSDs run at faster speeds than HDDs.