Increased Speed by Moving SAP to FlashStack


Customer:

Valley Proteins, a Winchester, Virginia-based rendering company, transports hundreds of millions of gallons of used cooking oil and other byproducts every year, enabling the materials to be reused instead of ending up in landfills. The company uses SAP as the cornerstone of its business. It tracks materials, inventory, and vehicle location and maintenance in real time to make the most efficient use of its 40 processing and transfer facilities and private trucking fleet. The company depends on SAP for a holistic view of customer profitability, supplier pricing, and individual factory performance, helping to guide and expedite business decision making. However, as Valley Proteins pursued an aggressive growth strategy through acquisitions, it became clear that storage was becoming a bottleneck to consistent performance for SAP applications. The company’s legacy storage arrays were 3 years old, and they were already becoming overloaded.

Challenges:

  • Fast-growing SAP environment demanded higher performing infrastructure.
  • Legacy systems were expensive to maintain, requiring forklift upgrades every 3 years.
  • Engineers spent significant time rebalancing workloads to optimize performance.

Use Case:

  • Database – SAP Environment

Business Transformation:

  • Valley Proteins improved performance for its business critical SAP environment by deploying a FlashStack converged infrastructure from Cisco and Pure Storage. The results: SAP performance approaching that of in-memory databases, a faster financial close, more agile business decision-making, and more efficient use of data center and employee resources.

IT Transformation:

  • Migration to FlashStack took less than 3 days.
  • Performance dramatically improved for SAP and other applications.
  • IT can now be more strategic, helping the business grow market share.
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"FlashStack gives us the ability to plan for the next five to seven years, which fundamentally changes our ability to pivot and grow. It’s an incredible value proposition.”
Brad Wilton, Director of IT, Valley Proteins

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