Midsize Pharmaceutical Company

Challenge

This midsized pharmaceutical company had a plethora of nearly 20 applications, including Tally ERP, running on an eclectic mixture of infrastructure from desktops and laptops through to Windows based servers. All its infra was out of warranty. Its existing infra break-fix support provider was quick to apply band-aids, with the result that, over 10 years, the company lacked control of its infrastructure. In parallel, the company had applied for audit in order to expand its market to the United States.

Since robustness of IT was a critical success factor for clearing the audit, the company invited Unique Solutions to take stock of its infrastructure and provide a strategic roadmap for hardware, networking and application landscape.

Solution

We proposed two alternatives: Server Virtualization and Hyperconverged Infrastructure. While Server Virtualization would address the immediate issues of the company, we were able to persuade the company to think long term and showed how HCI would rid the company of all its current infra issues. The company accepted our roadmap and invested in a landscape comprising two HPE Simplivity Servers with VMware vSphere and vCenter hypervisor running Windows Server on virtual machines.

Outcome

After the migration, the company was able to save precious resources formerly working on mundane infra tasks and redeploy them to strategic IT areas, thus setting itself on the path to clear audit observations and make a bid for the US market.

Leading Fertilizer Manufacturer

Challenge

A leading fertilizer manufacturer was using SAP ECC for over 15 years. Since ECC was supporting the company’s growth fairly satisfactorily, there was per se no case to upgrade to SAP HANA. However, the company was notified that its infrastructure was reaching end of life very soon. This meant that staying on the same infrastructure stack was not an option. The company reached out to Unique Solutions for purchase of new infrastructure solution. Given that the infrastructure was going to be upgraded, the company wondered if it should take the opportunity to migrate its SAP to latest HANA version. However, that was not a decision to be taken in a hurry. The company appointed a Big 4 consulting firm to evaluate the business case of migrating to HANA. In parallel, it asked Unique Solutions to design a versatile infrastructure architecture with one important proviso: The proposed stack should not only provide a state-of-the-art foundation for the company’s existing SAP ECC applications but also protect its infra investments should the company decide to upgrade to SAP HANA.

Solution

This was a challenging task since the migration from SAP ECC to SAP HANA has brought about several paradigm shifts in computing, storage and networking architectures. Unique Solutions rose to the occasion. It mobilized its A-team to collaborate closely with the customer’s IT team.

Outcome

Working in a true spirit of partnership, Unique Solutions delivered a new infrastructure stack that powered the company’s SAP ECC forthwith and could also be enhanced to support SAP HANA in future. Accordingly, Unique Solutions ensured that not even one building block of the supplied infrastructure would have to be scrapped during the upgrade, should it happen.