Case Study: POWER8

Carhartt saves money and improves performance by upgrading SAP system to IBM POWER8 and new all-flash storage.

The Issue

  • Preparing for the future using a maxed-out server and inefficient storage
  • Needed to increase system capacity and performance while justifying cost
  • Infrastructure growing faster than planned due to business analytics needs

The Solution

  • IBM Power Server consolidation of backup, development and testing servers and upgrade to production system
  • New IBM storage with real-time compression
  • Mainline Consulting services
  • Mainline Implementation services

The Result

  • More compute and storage performance for less than previously spending
  • Accommodates for growth and additional project capacity
  • Savings of $1.1M over 48 months
  • 75 percent compression ratio for IBM i and SAP data

HEADQUARTERS:
Dearborn, Michigan

BUSINESS:
Designer, manufacturer, retailer and distributor of workwear apparel

“We were able to go to advanced flash storage, an advanced server environment and more capacity, and our annual operating costs actually decreased. This is a testament to everyone involved, including Mike (Karasienski), Chris (Walker), our management team, the IT staff and Mainline. I’ve never seen a migration happen that quickly and smoothly before.”

John Hill

CIO, Carhartt