News | May 8, 2012

Mitsubishi Power Systems Turbocharges Its SAP Implementation With Nimbus Flash Memory Systems

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Improves SQL processing times by 4x while slashing backup times by 83%

South San Francisco, CA, May 8, 2012 – Nimbus Data Systems today announced that Mitsubishi Power Systems, a global leader in power generation solutions, has selected the award-winning Nimbus S-Class multiprotocol flash memory platform to accelerate its SAP deployment. The Nimbus solution solved persistent performance challenges that had compromised Mitsubishi’s ERP deployment and delivered productivity gains that prior investments in high-end disk arrays had failed to do.

“The Nimbus S-Class system significantly increased performance in our SAP and SQL environment by relieving unacceptable IO bottlenecks that hampered our production ERP installation,” stated Matt Wattles, Enterprise Infrastructure Architect of Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas. “The S-Class delivers very low latency and rock-solid reliability that will continue to benefit our organization as we expand our infrastructure to include more IO-intensive database and virtualization solutions.”

Mitsubishi Power Systems will rely on its new SAP ERP software for business-critical operations, project management, and manufacturing. While SAP software is widely deployed, 90% of respondents to a recent Gartner survey reported lost productivity and revenue due to performance issues. For Mitsubishi, the process of converting data from their existing ERP system to a new SAP SQL database was especially burdensome. Users of the ERP system also voiced concerns over lethargic performance, with long delays and slow screen updates when switching between various functions. Nightly SQL backups were also exceeding their allotted backup windows, reducing performance of production operations.

With Nimbus’ flash memory storage, Mitsubishi Power Systems was able to:
 

  • Reduce SAP SQL Server database load time from 4 hours to 1 hour, a 4x improvement
  • Cut backup time from nearly two hours to 20 minutes, an 83% reduction
  • Complete SAP SQL Server database backups well within allotted backup windows
  • Increase end user adoption of the SAP system and improve end user satisfaction

“With this win, Nimbus has further demonstrated the benefits of flash memory technology and Nimbus’ multiprotocol, enterprise-grade solution in particular,” stated Benjamin S. Woo, Program Vice President of Worldwide Storage Systems research at IDC. “Storage systems built around flash technology offer dramatically lower latency than conventional spinning disk arrays, as evidenced by the significant operational improvements that this customer was able to achieve with the Nimbus S-Class system. IDC believes that Nimbus is at the leading edge of flash-based storage systems, and we believe that customers should seriously consider flash memory solutions for their IO-sensitive enterprise applications.”

The Nimbus S-Class flash memory system delivers line-rate 8 Gbps Fibre Channel performance to the SAP and SQL environment while using 70% less rack space than conventional disk arrays. According to Mitsubishi, Nimbus’ documentation was easy to follow, making deployment quick and easy.

“We are excited to support Mitsubishi Powers Systems’ SQL and SAP acceleration effort with our flash memory platform,” stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO of Nimbus Data Systems. “As this win demonstrates, large organizations trust Nimbus technology for their most business-critical applications, transforming high-performance, high efficiency IT infrastructure into a significant competitive advantage.”

About Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MPSA) headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, was established in 2001 with key operations in Orlando, FL, Savannah, GA, Newport Beach, CA, Houston, TX, and Juarez, Mexico. MPSA provides a wide variety of products and services for the electric power generation industry including gas, steam, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric turbines, boilers, selective catalytic reduction systems and solar energy. MPSA’s ultimate parent company is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) of Tokyo, Japan, a diversified Fortune “Global 150” company with more than $30 billion in annual revenues and 40,000 employees worldwide. MHI is an international leader in the design and supply of energy, aerospace, machinery, transportation, and environmental systems and equipment.

About Nimbus Data Systems

Nimbus develops award-winning Sustainable Storage® systems, the most intelligent, efficient and fault-tolerant solid state storage platform engineered for server and desktop virtualization, databases, HPC, and next-generation cloud infrastructure. Combining low-latency flash memory hardware, comprehensive data management and protection software, and highly-scalable multiprotocol storage features, Nimbus systems deliver dramatically greater performance at a significantly lower operating cost than conventional disk-based primary storage arrays, all at a comparable acquisition cost. For more information, visit www.nimbusdata.com, or follow Nimbus at twitter.com/nimbusdata.

SOURCE: Nimbus Data Systems, Inc.

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