How Huawei IT infrastructure is fuelling Coca-Cola for growth in China

Coca Cola and technologyHuawei said its FusionCube hyper-converged infrastructure is powering the growth of COFCO Coca-Cola, a leading Coca-Cola bottling company in China.

COFCO Coca-Cola tapped Huawei after facing complex Operation and Maintenance and difficult upgrades and scalability. The selection of Huawei, a China based enterprise networking major, to consolidate its network infrastructure.

“Our original network infrastructure was unable to support our ICT transformation strategy,” said Li Zhihong of COFCO Coca-Colaʼs Information Management Department. “After about one year of research, we decided to build a cloud platform and use cloud infrastructure to support our core business systems such as ERP and CRM.”

Huawei’s FusionCube

# Shortens service deployment by over 60%

# Saves equipment room space by over 70%

# Reduces data center management expenses by 30%

# Enables 10-fold performance improvement of key services

# Reduces server response time from 900 ms to 600 ms

# Decreased ERP report response time from 4,100 ms to 1,700 ms

In the past, COFCO Coca-Cola used midrange computers. Currently, x86-based appliances have improved their CPU performance, and the latest appliances, such as those from Huawei, are highly integrated: they incorporate a computing unit, a storage unit, a network unit, and virtualization software.

COFCO Coca-Cola selected Huawei’s FusionCube converged appliance solution after considering factors such as CPU performance, integration level, cost-effectiveness, and appliances’ Return on Investment.

COFCO Coca-Cola is also using Huawei’s FusionServer server, OceanStor 5500 V3 storage system, and FusionSphere cloud operating system.

Huawei’s FusionCube enables COFCO Coca-Cola to set up a unified resources pooling platform to meet the needs of business systems including CRM, OA, enterprise mail, and other core business systems.

FusionCube architecture converges computing, storage, and networking resources. It pre-integrates a computing platform, a switching network, a distributed parallel storage system, and virtualization cloud software. Huawei said FusionCube is key to achieving  cost-effectiveness of data centers.

Huawei said OceanStor 5500 V3 storage system enables the integration of multiple controllers and active-active storage area network and network-attached storage nodes. These converged functions make COFCO Coca-Cola’s pursuit of a storage system that features higher performance, lower latency, and better elasticity a reality.

Since the deployment Huaweiʼs ICT products, COFCO Coca-Cola reported more than 99.9 percent reliability of its core business systems, with a yearly downtime of less than 8 hours.

COFCO Coca-Cola’s business systems

COFCO Coca-Cola’s front-end application systems include sales data, logistics, Office Automation (OA), and external communication management systems support beverage sales, retail store visits, logistics, dispatch, and other businesses.

After customers place orders, freight drivers use a warehouse application system to prioritize orders and work out the most appropriate freight routes. With the system’s built-in mapping and navigation functions, sales team can deliver beverages to distributors and retail stores.

COFCO Coca-Cola uses the SAP ERP Central Component (ECC). The components of SAP ECC include financial management, sales management, production planning, material management, plant maintenance, human resources management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

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