Natural gas transports from the cloud(PresseBox) (Cologne, )
Greater availability through virtualisation
"The challenge for operating our ERP system lies on the one hand in the requirements with regard to security and availability. On the other hand we were looking for an approach which permits us flexible access to infrastructure resources," stresses David Conway, Head of Commercial Operations at GRTgaz Deutschland.
The ERP application servers and the associated databases are therefore provided in a virtual environment. "If hardware components fail, the virtual instance is automatically relocated to other servers and continues to operate without interruption. In addition, we regularly mirror the complete system status, which can be restored extremely quickly if necessary," explains Dr. Clemens Plieth, Managing Director of Pironet NDH Datacenter and responsible for the Service Delivery sector.
Hybrid cloud infrastructure
The ERP application obtains CPU, RAM and disk storage dynamically from a cloud environment. The business cloud of Pironet NDH Datacenter is specially tailored to the needs of small to medium-sized enterprises. As part of a hybrid data centre infrastructure, it offers standardised software-as-a-service solutions and, for specific industry applications, access to virtual computing and storage resources from the cloud. "As a result we can also network our customers' individual applications and their in-house developments with our cloud," explains Dr. Plieth.