Business challenge

Seeing an opportunity to open up a new range of possibilities for its customers, Phoenix Contact sought a global cloud provider to bring a groundbreaking networking offering to market.

Transformation

Teaming with IBM, the company provisioned IBM Cloud infrastructure in the IBM Cloud data center in Frankfurt, Germany, to rapidly launch its new PROFICLOUD system.

Results

Gains a competitive edge

by offering a cloud-based solution that is unmatched by other providers in the marketplace

Scales on demand

with flexible, easy-to-deploy IBM Cloud resources

Meets requirements

for hosting in Germany and supports high-performance delivery to customers worldwide

Business challenge story

Seeing new possibilities for automation solutions

Phoenix Contact works with organizations around the world and across industries, helping them connect devices and automate processes with PROFINET-protocol networking deployments. With cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions continuing to proliferate, the company saw an opportunity to extend beyond closed networks and open up a new range of possibilities for its customers.

Envisioning a groundbreaking industrial automation offering, Phoenix Contact sought a global cloud solution provider to help bring its concept to market. “We were looking for a partner with cloud data centers in Europe and connection points with other data centers all over the world,” says Arno Fast, product manager for control systems at Phoenix Contact. “It was important for our customers and for our organization from a legal perspective to make sure we hosted data in Germany.”
 

We saved time and money because we were able to very quickly develop our first prototype with the IBM Cloud solution.

—Arno Fast, Product Manager for Control Systems, Phoenix Contact

Transformation story

Teaming with IBM for global cloud capabilities

After assessing cloud providers that included Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft, Phoenix Contact chose an IBM Cloud solution. “Global data center presence was a key factor and so was the flexibility and control an IBM Cloud solution allows,” says Fast.

Working with an IBM Cloud Advisory Services team, the business provisioned IBM Cloud virtual server infrastructure in the IBM Cloud data center in Frankfurt, Germany, to rapidly launch its new PROFICLOUD system. “It was very easy moving to the IBM Cloud environment,” says Fast. “We saved time and money because we were able to very quickly develop our first prototype with the IBM Cloud solution.”
 

Results story

Transforming delivery and gaining a competitive edge

The IBM Cloud solution transforms Phoenix Contact’s delivery model, offering a competitive edge in the marketplace. “We can now provide a comprehensive cloud-based solution that allows our customers to develop their own applications,” says Fast. “This is completely new for us, and it’s an out-of-the-box offering that our competitors aren’t delivering.”

With IBM Cloud infrastructure, the company maintains control over its hosting environment and can rapidly scale to meet demand. “We have the flexibility to easily add a new service or more components to our system,” says Fast. “And if a customer grows quickly, we can simply add new servers.”

Finally, Phoenix Contact has established global cloud infrastructure that meets hosting requirements for customers in Germany and supports delivery around the world. “If there’s high demand in Asia, for example, our customers will be able to connect to cloud data centers there for high-performance, low-latency service,” says Fast.

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About Phoenix Contact

Established in 1923 and headquartered in Blomberg, Germany, Phoenix Contact is a global manufacturer and developer of connection and control technology solutions. The company has more than 14,000 employees and maintains sales and production facilities in over 50 countries worldwide.
 

Solution components

  • 6940-98C (O) Data Center Operations and Mgmt Svcs
  • IBM Bluemix Virtual Servers

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