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VOLKSWAGEN CHINA TRANSFORMS ITS DATA
CENTRE
Case Study
“Our data centre became more complex and difficult
to manage, but it has now regained a new life thanks
to the Critical Facilities Services team at HP Technology
Services. In all areas, including sales, design, transformation
implementation, control and deployment and IT outsourcing,
HP has lived up to the trust and support that Volkswagen
China has given it since day one.” Michael Sieger, CTO,
Volkswagen Group China.
Objective
Transform its ageing data centre to ensure
uninterrupted IT infrastructure services
Approach
Conducted a review of options from leading vendors
IT improvements
•Improved reliability with new wiring, power and
cooling, ensures IT function keeps pace with business
growth
HP customer
case study:
Volkswagen
China Works with
HP Technology
Services to
transform its Data
Centre operations
Industry:
Manufacturing
•Overhauled its data centre operations with no
impact on business, satisfying management concerns
Business benefits
•Reduced operating costs with Power Usage
Effectiveness (PUE) dropping from 2.5 to 1.8
indicating the use of 30-40 per cent less energy
•Almost 50 per cent more space now available inside
the data centre provides room to grow without
additional cost
Volkswagen was one of the first international
automotive manufacturers to set up operations in
China, entering the market in 1984. Today, it has 14
divisions across China, including manufacturing, spare
parts and servicing.
The single data centre which provided infrastructure
services for the entire Volkswagen Group in China was
in desperate need of upgrades. Most urgently, there
was no effective integrated automated monitoring
system, the air-conditioning and alarm systems were
faulty, the network wiring was a mess, and there were
serious power supply hazards.
Volkswagen Group China was wasting a great deal
of resources keeping the system functioning, taking
energy away from business development and service
improvements.
Aware it needed to fix these reliability issues to deliver
a highly scalable, flexible alternative, the Group met
with several vendors. It selected the Critical Facilities
Services team from HP Technology Services to
complete the on-line upgrade and transformation of the
data centre.
Comprehensive evaluation starts the
process
Before starting the transformation, HP technology
services experts conducted a comprehensive
evaluation of the server room. This was followed by
an in-depth quantitative analysis based on the current
situation and future development needs of Volkswagen
Group China.
The power system inside Volkswagen Group China’s
data centre had a low redundancy rate as it had
been in use for a long time. At the same time, the
wiring between the main distribution frame and the
cabinets was messy, with many cabinets running above
capacity. Ordinary patch boards were used as PDU
and the interfaces did not meet the required standards.
“Our data centre became more
complex and difficult to manage,”
says Volkswagen project manager,
Liu Geng,“ but it has now regained
a new life thanks to HP. In all areas
including sales, design, transformation
implementation, control and
deployment and IT outsourcing,
HP has lived up to the trust and
support that Volkswagen China has
given it since day one.”
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The transformation process lasted more than six
months. System migration took place during ten
scheduled downtime switchovers. In some instances,
the planned downtime lasted as long as 70 hours.
HP engaged more than 30 relevant suppliers and had
over 60 people participating in the project directly.
The team managed to get the IT equipment online
and offline more than 400 times, lay out almost
20,000 metres of network cables, establish network
connections more than 2,000 times, and relocated and
installed the cabinets 60 times.
With the help of Volkswagen’s project manager and
meticulous arrangements by the HP Critical Facilities
Services team, the project team repeatedly practiced
each transformation task. In the end, it was able to
ensure the on-line system transformation was
completed successfully, meeting the challenging goal
of zero unexpected interruption of the IT services.
At completion, the HP Critical Facilities Services team
successfully optimised and transformed Volkswagen
Group China’s power distribution system, reorganised
the cooling system and air circulation, segregated
and transformed the IT function areas, migrated the
entire network system, set up a new wiring system, and
adjusted the layout of the core application system. It
had improved and integrated the overall infrastructure
monitoring system of the data centre.
Customer
solution at
a glance
HP Services
• HP Critical
Facilities Services
From vulnerable to reliable, scalable
and adaptable
HP transformed the entire power distribution system
and installed intelligent power distribution cabinets,
together with a monitoring system. It changed the
Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) inside the data
centre and replaced the original patch boards with
professional Power Distribution Units (PDU) to ensure
improved reliability. Next, the HP technical team
changed and rewired the network to get rid of the
complicated and messy network wiring. Changes were
made to the position of the air-conditioning system and
air-conditioning input efficiency was optimised, helping
cool the data centre without having to add or replace
a/c units.
Since its transformation, Volkswagen Group China’s
data centre has not experienced any downtime.
At the same time, the data centre is saving energy.
The PUE value went from more than 2.5 prior to
the transformation to 1.8, helping Volkswagen
Group China use 30-40 per cent less power. With
a new layout and repositioning of the equipment,
there is now almost 50 per cent more space in the
data centre. The data centre previously housed 30
cabinets in three rows; now it houses 50 cabinets in
five rows. This significantly adds to the scalability of
the system. In addition, HP also installed a dynamic
environment monitoring system in the data centre to
report abnormalities in the main server room power
distribution, main equipment, cabinets, temperature
and humidity.
“We believe Volkswagen will certainly
cooperate with HP on a wider
scale to accelerate its continuous
progress to becoming an Instant-On
Enterprise,” says Michael Sieger, CTO
of Volkswagen Group China
“Our data centre became more complex and difficult
to manage,” says Volkswagen project manager, Liu
Geng,“ but it has now regained a new life thanks to
HP. In all areas including sales, design, transformation
implementation, control and deployment and IT
outsourcing, HP has lived up to the trust and support
that Volkswagen China has given it since day one.”
“We believe Volkswagen will certainly cooperate
with HP on a wider scale to accelerate its continuous
progress to becoming an Instant-On Enterprise,” says
Michael Sieger, CTO of Volkswagen Group China.
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4AA3-8070EEW, Created December 2011
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