Business Challenge

To meet strict regulations on the distribution of beer, United Breweries must generate compliance reports—but as data volumes exploded, generating the reports on time became a tough challenge.


By migrating its existing SAP HANA database to the latest IBM Power Systems servers, United Breweries dramatically accelerated data analysis and report generation.


50% faster

back-end jobs accelerate compliance reporting


scalability, providing headroom for future growth


an extremely robust infrastructure with rock-solid reliability

Business Challenge

Under strict compliance requirements

In India, the distribution of beer and other alcoholic beverages is controlled by a set of complex regulations. As a market leader operating more than 30 breweries, United Breweries needs to provide large numbers of detailed reports for the regulator.

As data volumes grew, generating the reports was taking longer and longer. In 2012, United Breweries implemented SAP HANA. At the time, the platform was available exclusively as an appliance on x86 architecture.

As business data continued to pour in, United Breweries found once again that its compliance reports were beginning to overrun. To solve the challenge, the company set out in search of a high-performance platform capable of faster data analysis and report generation.

IBM has been a strategic partner in our SAP journey, and we continue to work closely with them.

Ramakrishnan Sudarshanam, Divisional Vice President – IT, United Breweries Ltd


Finding the right recipe

United Breweries decided to migrate the SAP HANA solution to an IBM Power S284 server, equipped with the latest IBM POWER8 processors. The company selected Power because it feels that the platform offers superior availability compared to an x86 architecture.

Using the previous x86 platform, United Breweries had been forced to run SAP HANA as an appliance. The architecture was fixed, and resources could neither be shared with other workloads nor support additional logical partitions (LPARs). Because the Power server is virtualized using IBM PowerVM, it can run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and IBM AIX in different LPARs. As a result, United Breweries can run applications on different operating systems using the same physical server – helping it share processor resources more effectively.

The migration to IBM Power was very smooth, and the company completed the changeover with minimal downtime. United Breweries feels that excellent support from IBM Lab Services was a key driver behind the implementation’s success.

In the same project, United Breweries upgraded its existing IBM Storwize V7000 storage environment and consolidated storage for multiple applications on the platform.


Brewing up success

Moving SAP HANA to IBM Power has accelerated back-end jobs by 50 percent, driving faster compliance reporting. As a result, United Breweries has achieved tremendous time savings on creating reports produced on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

In addition, because United Breweries can run a variety of applications and operating systems on the same physical machine, it can postpone investments in additional hardware – reducing total cost of ownership. The Power platform also provides excellent scalability and headroom for future growth.

United Breweries Limited logo

About United Breweries

United Breweries Limited dominates the Indian beer market, with a market share of around 50 percent. Its flagship brand Kingfisher has achieved international recognition, selling in 52 countries across the world and leading the way among Indian beers in the global market. Founded in 1857, the company is part of the UB Group and generates annual revenues equivalent to approximately USD1.2 billion dollars.

Solution Components

  • IBM Power Systems
  • IBM-SAP Alliance
  • Software - PowerVM (not HPC, nor VA Linux)

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