Pharmaceutical and medical distributor dramatically improves performance, efficiency, and reliability of its ERP system through the deployment of Fusion ioMemory PCIe solutions.
Jointown Pharmaceutical Group Co., Stock Holding Ltd., is the third largest distributor of pharmaceutical and medical devices in China. It delivers more than 14,000 types of products, has over 4,200 suppliers and more than 60,000 customers.
Jointown ran its core business on an Oracle-based ERP system. As its customer base and product line grew, reporting and maintenance jobs took an increasingly long time to complete. Jointown needed to overcome the following challenges:
The SanDisk® Solution
Enhancing ERP Performance
Jointown moved its Oracle-based ERP database from a Fibre Channel SAN to two Fusion ioMemoryTM ioDrive® Duo cards in redundant database servers. This greatly improved reporting performance in the ERP system, and also sped backup processes. The charts below illustrate two examples.
“We no longer have to reschedule reports or maintenance jobs that failed to complete on time,” Tian Chaobo, Corporate IT Director of Jointown, said. “In addition, ERP users don’t experience system slowness anymore, even at 9:00 a.m. when many users are logging onto the system at the same time.”
Tian also explained the benefits to Jointown’s business: “SanDisk’s Fusion ioMemory solutions improved reporting speeds and reduced the wait time for everyone accessing the database. This translates into increased productivity, higher profit, and a better customer experience. The system’s faster backup and recovery also increased our resiliency in the event of a disaster.”
Corporate Information Technology Director, Jointown
Smarter Use of Server Resources
Because Jointown needed to improve performance on a limited budget, it was critical that any upgrades minimized capital and operating costs. The Fusion ioMemory platform proved to be the ideal technology for this, greatly improving the utilization of the database CPUs. CPU utilization dropped from 70% on a 16-core database server to 20% on a 64-core database server, while efficiency increased.
CPUs sitting idle waiting for data would normally indicate inefficiency. However, the resulting performance improvements showed that Jointown greatly improved the productivity of its server CPUs.
The following charts illustrate the results of 8k benchmarks comparing the SanDisk- powered system to Jointown’s previous disk-based system.
The following charts illustrate how this improved performance was the result of greater CPU efficiency.
In addition to servicing more requests in less time, the SanDisk-powered system also reduced the volatility of service times. Jointown told us that the SanDisk-powered system completely eliminated the two-millisecond average request wait time suffered by its disk-based system.
But more importantly for Jointown’s budget, this improved efficiency translated into radical cost savings. Tian Chaobo told us, “We estimate the Fusion ioMemory solution is saving us about ¥2.5 million ($385,000 USD) in server and storage costs for the accounting group alone. If we migrate all our subdivisions to SanDisk, we can expect to save about ¥6 million ($1 million USD).”
Easily Implemented Availability
Implementing a reliable system was also surprisingly easy. Instead of redesigning database schemes for many more disks, Jointown simply installed the ioDrive Duo cards and moved the entire ERP database onto them. They protected the ERP system with Fusion ioMemory redundancy via a software RAID1 across the two ioDrive Duo cards. They then configured redundant servers with Oracle Data Guard to protect against server outage.
Tian Chaobo told us, “We have been using SanDisk for two months in production and the system has been completely stable and reliable. We used Data Guard to build in redundancy, which guarantees no single failure point. The SanDisk system uses a commodity server, which makes it easy for our Operations team to manage, while providing 300 to 400 percent more performance than middle-grade Tier 1 storage.”
Oracle database server
Two 4U SAN
Implementing the Fusion ioMemory solution gave Jointown the following benefits:
About Jointown Pharmaceutical
Jointown Pharmaceutical Group Co., Stock Holding Ltd., is the third-largest distributor of pharmaceutical and medical devices in China. It delivers more than 14,000 types of products, has over 4,200 suppliers and more than 60,000 customers. Jointown has established 20 large pharmaceutical marketing and logistics centers at the provincial level; 25 subsidiaries marketing centers and over 300 regional sales and after-sales center; and the establishment of a “12 hours, 200 kilometers, 1,000 service delivery team.” It is currently the only large-scale pharmaceutical enterprise to integrate logistics planning, logistics implementation and system integration.
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