Insight 2016 Berlin: How Osram Opto Semiconductors Modernized Their NetApp Infrastructure

By Jim Lyons, NetApp


Thousands of NetApp customers and partners attended the annual Insight technical conference Berlin in November, which provided an opportunity for sharing success stories and lessons learned. Here’s a quick recap of one customer-led presentation that covered topics relevant to many NetApp customers: the transition from Data ONTAP 7-Mode to a clustered configuration running ONTAP, and the deployment of new All Flash FAS (AFF) solutions.


Osram Opto Semiconductors: A Transition from 7-Mode to ONTAP

Osram Opto Semiconductors recently transitioned the storage environment at their primary site in Regensburg, Germany, with a move from ONTAP 7-Mode to a storage cluster running ONTAP. They were among the first customers to make this move while running a highly available MetroCluster configuration.


With careful planning and the help of NetApp professional services, the Osram team executed the move with virtually no disruption to business operations. After taking a brief, scheduled outage to restart critical databases and file services on the afternoon of the “go live”, they were up and running with a more powerful and flexible data infrastructure. Following the upgrade, and with the move to a new version of ONTAP complete, they gained the ability to make major changes without taking any downtime or impacting their end users—including moving storage controllers across datacenters.


Matthias Danzer, senior system engineer at Osram, cited three key factors for his team’s success:

  1. Planning:  80% of the project was devoted to planning, with 20% reserved for execution.
  2. Communication: Early engagement with application stakeholders was critical.
  3. Documentation: The team created a Wiki site to document new processes and standards. This kept everyone on the same page, both internal teams and external partners, and it will streamline the next phase of their rollout at Osram data centers in China and Malaysia.

Some of their immediate benefits from the upgrade included:

  • 40% reduction in storage capacity from inline deduplication and compression
  • 30% reduction in storage administration by automating workflows
  • Single pane of glass management
  • Integration with Graphite to improve monitoring
  • Non-disruptive operations for software upgrades, hardware maintenance, and load balancing across the storage cluster

However, the big win for Osram was a more agile data infrastructure that enables them to quickly adapt to business changes. For example, when their QA team needed to store higher resolution images that required significantly more storage capacity, they non-disruptively upgraded their storage controllers and added capacity without any impact to the business.


Looking forward, they plan to add all-flash storage nodes as their performance needs grow, and they are investigating cloud-based disaster recovery using ONTAP Cloud—a new capability enabled by their transition to ONTAP.


Benefits of NetApp ONTAP


For more information on the annual NetApp technical conference, check out these video highlights from Insight Berlin.