Case study

Sefar opts for a private cloud solution over a public option


Centralizing IT systems requires high performance
A world leader in screen printing and filtration applications, Sefar is known first and foremost for its precision materials. The Swiss group's products are used in a broad range of applications covering everything from electronics to medical technology, automotive industry to architecture. Sefar operates weaving facilities in Switzerland, Romania, and Thailand, and has its own yarn production facilities in four locations worldwide through its Monosuisse arm. Employing a total of 2600 people, Sefar operates a global network of subsidiaries and manufacturing plants across 26 countries and six continents.
From its Swiss headquarters, the 22 employees in the company's IT team operate a largely centralized IT infrastructure used at its 55 sites around the world. "Over the past few years, we have been increasingly standardizing and centralizing our IT systems. As a result, the demands on the IT infrastructure in terms of performance and scalability have increased considerably," explains Claudio Zollet, Head of Corporate IT at Sefar.
Infor ERP LN is the company's most important software, as it is used to manage many of its business processes. The control centers at the production sites are connected to the ERP system, providing it with real-time data, for example, regarding the company's looms. "We have been working to Industry 4.0 standards for a long time now. Extremely high availability of the IT infrastructure is therefore hugely important," says Zollet. "It was inevitable that we would need to switch from the existing infrastructure to achieve these aims, if we were to avoid the need to increase the personnel within the IT team."


HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure is more suitable than an external solution
When the maintenance contract expired for the company's existing IT infrastructure comprising two HPE 3PAR StoreServ storage systems and HPE blade servers, Sefar began to look for a new solution that would meet all of the company's requirements. One option discussed was outsourcing the infrastructure to an external service provider or a cloud service. "But it quickly became clear to us that a private cloud solution based on a hyperconverged platform would give us a consistent overview of all of the components - the storage, the servers, and the network. It was also the better choice financially," says Zollet.