IBM Power8 Virtualization, Consolidation, & FlashSystem Excellence: A case study

G/S Solutions was contacted by Amway Inc. to assist with the development of a technology roadmap. The initial goal of the project was to focus on server consolidation and cost efficiences, with an eye towards covering growth of Amway's datacenter computing needs. Amway's core infrastructure consists of IBM Power Systems, including AIX and System P servers. The virtualization aspect of this project has to great benefit in terms of both ongoing cost reduction and high availability of Amway's core technology. IBM Flashsystem technology has been implemented alongside the Power Systems infrastructure to provide an additional boost in performance and reliability to the datacenter.

Amway is one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses operating in more than 100 countries and territories enabling independent owners to provide quality products to their customers with state of the art distribution and sales capabilities. Amway supports 21,000+ employees and 3+ million distributors, handling over 82 million orders per year.

Throughout their engagement, G/S Solutions has been described as dependable, willing to do what's best for the customer, and very much an extension of the Amway team.  G/S Solutions has also provided security and auditing services, emphasizing PCI standards and related remediation steps.

Amway Distribution Case Study

 

The key benefits for this project were:

  • Amway developed a clear strategic roadmap for their infrastructure, sized to meet performance and high availability requirements, while leveraging better technology capabilities to reduce related costs.
  • 50% reduction in servers & rack space, with a corresponding drop in cooling and power requirements.
  • 24% reduction in related spending across hardware, software, maintenance, cooling and power.
  • Growth of Amway team capabilities through extended knowledge transfer of new platform capabilities, lunch and learn sessions, and ongoing support.

 

"I view GS Solutions as an extension of the Amway Unix and iSeries teams based on their involvement in different facets of day to day operations and strategic planning. They participate in key activities such as budget planning, review of new technical solutions, technology refresh initiatives in addition to staff augmentation. You know you have a successful partnership when an organization is engaged at this level."

Tom Meyer - Manager, Large Systems - Amway

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