Audi has completed a deal with IBM that calls for the German automaker migrate its core SAP infrastructure over to a private cloud.

Audi announced the decision was an extension of an original contract it signed in April of 2010 with IBM to rebuild its existing SAP infrastructure. In analyzing options, Audi decided a private cloud offered was the best opportunity to lower costs, improve performance and increase energy efficiency.

Audi said it was facing a challenge in attempting to scale its IT systems to meet increased use of business critical applications in such areas as production and logistics, supplier relationship management and human resources.

“Along with a very high level of reliability, the new SAP infrastructure solution substantially [lowers] power consumption,” Lorenz Schoberl, head of Audi’s IT infrastructure services, said in a statement.

The companies said the SAP cloud environment will be managed by IBM in Audi’s data center. The infrastructure is based on a new generation of IBM Power 7 Servers and DB2 database technology.

IBM said the new private cloud is fully operational. Financial terms of the four-year arrangement were not disclosed.




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