IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - February 2010 - (Page 24)

Making Change Bunzl Distribution USA assembles success with Power Systems and SAN By Jim Utsler FEBRUARY 2010 PHOTOS BY DAN DONOVAN “ two days are the same, and I’m always learning something.” T h at ’s f o r t u n at e, b e c au s e something—from the mundane to the mission-critical—always comes up. For example, after the company outgrew its IBM System i* servers, it decided to move to two new IBM Power Systems* 570s and an IBM storage-area network (SAN) solution. New ser vers and more power sound great, but in Bunzl’s case, that upgrade—not only to Power 570s and two IBM System Storage* DS8100s, but also to IBM i 6.1—presented a host of unexpected challenges, including, most significantly, performance issues. Hardly a wallflower, Baur decided to take charge of the situation, using Midrange Performance Group’s (MPG’s) Performance Navigator to monitor her systems and identify the bottlenecks. Using that vital data, she then worked with IBM to resolve her performance problems. “It took them a while to believe what I was telling them, but they finally came around and began issuing PTFs to help out not only me, but also others who were experiencing similar problems,” she says. “Without a performance-monitoring tool such as Performance Navigator, I might not have known what the root O ne of the things I like most about my job is the challenge,” says Bunzl Distribution USA Technical Support Manager Cindy Baur. “No

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - February 2010

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - February 2010
Editor's Desk: A New Technology Party
Dashboard: Smarter Healthcare's The Cat's Meow
Trends: Active Energy Manager 4.2 Integrates IT and Infrastructure
Insider: Recent Survey Explores the State of Power Systems Resilience
Case Study: Bunzl Distribution USA Assembles Success with Power Systems and SAN
Cover Story: Power Your Planet with the Latest Technology and Four New Servers
Feature: Five Business Problems Solved By Power Systems Server Consolidation
Open Source: Lotus and Zend Boast Active Open-Source Communities
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IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - February 2010