AWS Case Study: Synthos S.A. (SAP S4 / HANA)

The activities of the Synthos Group are largely based on the sale of chemical products used as raw materials and indirect products in a wide range of industries, in particular in the automotive industry, the packaging industry and the construction industry.

The Group also derives income from auxiliary activities related to the production and distribution of thermal energy from its own power plants, as well as revenues from the trading and distribution of electricity.

The Synthos Group puts particular emphasis on the continuous improvement of the quality of offered products and satisfaction of the growing and well-defined expectations of its clients.

Challenge

Synthos Group S.A. set the task of a quick implementation of a large SAP S4 / HANA solution. High implementation dynamics was assumed taking into account the great flexibility in creating and scaling new systems. The implementation was to include the Disaster Recovery solution for the implemented systems.

The goals set by the Synthos Group S.A. in the context of the project:

Cost-effectiveness of implementation - the solution had to ensure competitive costs of maintenance.

Dynamics of implementation - implementation had to be performed dynamically and changes in the project implemented immediately.

Scalability during implementation - Implementation should identify the infrastructure resources necessary for the production operation. The key factor is proper scaling of the necessary resources.

Cost-effectiveness of the DR solution - The DR solution must ensure the security of the systems and, at the same time, to be cost-effective.

 

Why Amazon Web Services

After considering many possibilities, Synthos S.A. chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a platform for implementing the solution. Ultimately, after the implementation of the system and verification of the necessary resources, the production system was moved to the local server room and the Disaster Recovery solution is maintained in AWS.

The AWS platform is a leading provider of cloud solutions on the market and enables meeting expectations.

Amazon Web Services has a strong group of partners who are able to combine the functionality of SAP systems with modern cloud technologies. Creating their environment in the AWS cloud, Synthos S.A. trusted one of their partners, the SE16N company.

Disaster Recovery systems in the AWS cloud are ready to be run on EC2 virtual machines (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud), which provide adequate computing power, memory size and operation performance of I/O  for the maintained environment. In the event of a load increase virtual machines can be easily expanded, and the entire SAP application environment can be quickly reconfigured. Connected to virtual machines EBS (Amazon Elastic Block Store) volumes provide the right performance at a given moment and can be modified immediately to optimize performance. S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service) is used to store backups that are used to build the Disaster Recovery environment, ensuring durability at 99.999999999% and storing backup copies in three separate locations at the same time.

 

Benefits

The Synthos Group has achieved all the goals that the project assumed.

Cost-effective implementation - Flexibility provided by the AWS cloud allowed creating new systems on demand in the relevant project phases, without having to pay for an unused environment. The systems were started and stopped only when they were needed in the project.

Deployment Dynamics - Systems were created on demand as needed. Any infrastructure decision could be put into effect immediately.

Scalability during implementation - Implementation in the AWS cloud allowed the scaling of the environment to the appropriate size after implementation. Thanks to this, the common risk of overestimation of production resources has been mitigated.

Cost-effectiveness of the DR solution - The security of the system's operation has been enhanced thanks to the implementation of the Disaster Recovery solution in AWS. DR systems are dynamically created from prepared AMI (Amazon Machine Images). Systems do not run permanently and do not generate costs. Backups enabling the resumption of operations are regularly sent to S3. The entire solution generates minimal maintenance costs, giving another level of security in the operation of systems.