Munhowen Improves System Performance by 20% and Reduces Operating Costs by Updating Technology
 
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Munhowen Improves System Performance by 20% and Reduces Operating Costs by Updating Technology

  • Oracle Customer:  Munhowen
    Location:  Ehlerange, Luxembourg
    Industry:  Wholesale Distribution
    Employees:  260
    Annual Revenue:  Under $100 Million

Munhowen, a leading beverage distribution company in Luxembourg, delivers a wide range of beverages to pubs and other businesses. The company’s fleet of 30 vehicles distributes approximately 550 tons of beverages each day, serving more than 10,000 customers with more than 3,000 beverage goods. Munhowen operates a 130,000-square-foot warehouse that includes a 10,000-square-foot, climate-controlled zone for its wine stock.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Munhowen

  • “Implementing Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances have helped us significantly increase our IT environment’s performance, availability, scalability, and manageability—providing superior support, tailored to our business needs, while helping us to reduce maintenance costs.” – Jean-Pierre Rasquin, IT Director, Munhowen

  • Replace the existing IT environment to enhance system performance and reduce maintenance costs associated with sustaining an optimal hardware environment
  • Implement an easy-to-manage storage environment capable of supporting the company’s future application and data management needs, including further automation and data volume growth, as the beverage distribution network expands
  • Centralize, simplify, and improve storage management, while guaranteeing business continuity and preparing for disaster recovery to guarantee planned and ad hoc deliveries of beverages to pubs and other businesses

Solutions

  • Migrated legacy IT systems to Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle Linux to support Munhowen’s critical production systems, guaranteeing seamless beverage deliveries to customers 
  • Achieved a more reliable IT environment that increased storage system performance by more than 20%
  • Improved employee efficiency and productivity through Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’s centralized management capabilities
  • Centralized storage on Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7120 to improve IT manageability, enabling swift, virtualized server adjustments to support day-to-day business requirements, such as servicing short-term demand peaks during hot summer days
  • Merged to a single, Sun ZFS Storage 7120 system that could accommodate the storage area network needs, maintaining the Oracle Automatic Storage Management database file systems, as well as network-attached storage needs, maintaining VMware data stores, which lowered overall storage costs
  • Reduced maintenance costs and the total cost of ownership by more than 50%, when compared to the previous technology environment
  • Implemented a disaster recovery solution on hot stand-by, ready to take over all activity whenever the primary system faced disaster, fulfilling the need for business continuity support and guaranteeing customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Why Oracle

Munhowen chose Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Enterprise Manager based on the solutions’ stability, scalability, and performance.

Implementation Process

Building on Munhowen’s history with Sun, the organization chose to continue its partnership with Oracle. The project would not have been successful without the strong collaboration between Oracle Consulting, hardware sales, and support, Munhowen, and Simac.

Partner

Oracle partner Simac and Oracle Consulting supported Munhowen throughout the program to implement and configure Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Enterprise Manager as efficiently as possible. The teams tailored the solution to improve manageability and performance, enabling Munhowen to focus on its core beverage distribution activity.