Nuh Cement (Nuh Çimento)
With SimpliVity we improved application performance and consolidated four racks of legacy equipment into a single cabinet. Our power, cooling and management costs have decreased dramatically.
– Erol Tiriç, IT Director, Nuh Cement
Nuh Cement (Nuh Çimento) is global producer and supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and building products. The Turkey-based company operates the highest capacity cement production facility in all of Europe. Nuh recently replaced its legacy IT systems with Simplivity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure. The next-generation distributed data center reduces total cost of ownership, streamlines operations and ensures efficient and reliable data protection for the company’s business-critical applications.
BUSINESS CHALLENGE: Infrastructure Modernization and Disaster Recovery
Nuh’s IT systems were becoming increasingly inefficient, risky and expensive. The manufacturer’s siloed IT infrastructure included legacy servers and stand-alone storage systems—all deployed in a single data center. The company’s IT department relied on a variety of data backup and recovery tools for data protection. Disasters or hardware failures had the potential to impair critical IT services and disrupt business; restoring applications could take hours or even days using the legacy data protection solutions.
Dissatisfied with the performance, reliability and economics of its aging information systems, Nuh’s IT team launched a business transformation program to upgrade the company’s IT infrastructure.
After a thorough investigation process involving a number of vendors including Dell, HP and IBM, Nuh selected SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure systems for its next-generation data center. The SimpliVity solution eliminates cost and complexity by consolidating a variety of IT functions—including compute, storage, network switching, replication, and backup—onto virtualized, industry-standard x86 hardware.
Nuh implemented a 4+2 OmniCube federation configuration for ultimate data protection. The manufacturer replaced four racks of legacy equipment with four clustered 2U OmniCube CN-3000 systems in its primary data center. They also deployed two OmniCube CN-3000 systems in a remote data center for disaster recovery. The IT group centrally manages the distributed configuration using VMware vCenter.
OmniCube’s innovative real-time deduplication, compression and optimization technologies deliver breakthrough performance and data efficiency. The solution minimizes data backup and recovery traffic and accelerates data protection functions. With SimpliVity, Nuh is able to protect all their application data on a regular basis, in just
minutes. Mission-critical applications are frequently backed up locally and to the disaster recovery center every 24 hours. And data recovery is just as fast. For example, the company’s 2 Terabyte SAP implementation can be restored in just minutes with SimpliVity, compared to hours using the older data protection solution.
“Thanks to SimpliVity we hit all the objectives of business transformation program—better performance and data protection, improved management and lower operating costs,” said Erol Tiriç, IT Director for Nuh Cement. “And because the product was so easy to install and configure we were two months ahead of schedule. We have complete faith in the product and the company. SimpliVity even does regular remote health checks on our systems to ensure everything is running smoothly.”
OmniCube 4+2 Federation Configuration
KEY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- Improved SAP application performance by more than 75%
- Improved disaster recovery with backup data center
- Rapid data protection; backups/restores completed in minutes compared to hours or days
- Low TCO; four equipment racks consolidated into four 2U units
- Low storage costs; 19.2:1 data efficiency
- Simplified, centralized operations; frees up IT staff to focus on core business activities
- Easy to deploy; project completed two months ahead of schedule