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Case Study: Eli Lilly Migrates SAP* System to Virtualized Platform

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Case Study: Eli Lilly Migrates SAP* System to Virtualized Platform

Eli Lilly saves millions and supports growth by migrating mission-critical SAP* system to Intel® Xeon® processors
Striving to optimize operations and reduce costs, Eli Lilly’s IT organization is several years into an enterprise-wide strategy of virtualizing and standardizing on Intel® Xeon® processors and HP ProLiant* servers. But could those platforms handle the company’s global SAP* deployment? That application is so mission-critical that Lilly’s IT executives estimate an hour of downtime can potentially stop or slow product shipments, the disposition of manufactured product, payments, training, receivables, etc. For Lilly, the answer has been a clear yes. Members of Lilly’s Global Business Integration Program (GBIP) Next Generation Infrastructure (NGI) project migrated the company’s SAP deployment from Sun SPARC* servers running Solaris* and Oracle* 10g to HP ProLiant servers based on Intel Xeon processors 7500 and 5600 series, Red Hat Enterprise Linux* (RHEL*), and IBM DB2*. With the new solution in production since May 2010, IT leaders at Lilly say it is saving millions of dollars while delivering important new business functionality, improving performance, and reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

Challenges
• International growth.
With business expanding in Asia, Lilly wanted to implement Unicode, an ASCII alternative that supports Asian character sets but can more than double the data storage requirements.
• IT modernization.
Lilly’s goal is to eliminate RISC platforms and virtualize wherever possible. Migrating and virtualizing SAP and its database would be the acid test.
• Scale and reliability.
The new environment must support 50,000 SAP users and deliver performance that is equal to or better than the previous environment.

Solutions
• Eliminate big iron.
• Optimize and virtualize.
Read the full Eli Lilly Migrates SAP* System to Virtualized Platform Case Study.