One of the best features of IBM FlashSystem is IBM MicroLatency, which cuts the access time for data from milliseconds to microseconds. It has completely ended the discussion about SAP response times with our users.

Yuriy Shekhovtsov, CIO, Severstal

Business Challenge story

As Severstal extends its SAP landscape, the data in its systems is growing rapidly. How could it build a fast, scalable new storage architecture—without ripping-and-replacing its existing systems?


Working with IBM, Severstal built a new tiered storage architecture that harnesses compression and virtualization technologies to run the SAP landscape on high-performance IBM® FlashSystem™ storage.


SAP response speeds are twice as fast, and the salary calculation process has been accelerated from 12 hours to five. Compression frees up to 66 percent more space in the SAP environment.

  • Systems Hardware
    • IBM-SAP Alliance
    • SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization
    • SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization
    • SAP ERP
    • SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM)
    • STG Lab Services: Storage
    • Spectrum Protect (inc CDM)
    • Spectrum Virtualize
    • Storage: IBM DS8800
    • Storage: IBM FlashSystem V840
    • Storage: IBM XIV