Mutoh supports core IT services with the latest in hyperconverged technology from Lenovo and Nutanix

Overview
To ensure that staff can always fulfill customer orders quickly, medical equipment wholesaler Mutoh wanted to boost the efficiency, scalability and reliability of its IT systems. The company implemented four Lenovo Converged HX5510 Series appliances pre-installed with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software – transforming its data center and giving IT services a real boost.
 
“Thanks to the Lenovo HX Series solution, we can offer highly reliable, high-availability IT services that enable staff to fulfill customer orders faster.”
 —Kengo Yamaguchi,
Deputy Manager of the Information
Systems Division,
Mutoh
 
Solution components
Hardware
Lenovo Converged HX5510 appliance with Intel® Xeon® E5 family of processors
 
Software
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform
VMware ESXi
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CentOS
 
“The Lenovo engineers always respond rapidly to our support requests. Based on the competent support we’ve received thus far, we’re highly confident in them and the Lenovo hardware.”
 —Shinji Nasu,
President & CEO,
Userside
 
Mutoh Co., Ltd. is a leading medical equipment trading company headquartered in Kai, Japan. The largest wholesale medical equipment supplier in the country, Mutoh provides specialist devices to hospitals, clinics and health centers nationwide.

Optimizing IT
With over 300,000 items in its product catalog, Mutoh relies on its IT systems running like a well-oiled machine to get equipment out to customers on time. The company therefore places great importance on maintaining top levels of performance, reliability, stability and flexibility for its IT infrastructure.

Yasuhiko Taga, Manager of the Administrative Section of Mutoh’s Information Systems Division, elaborates: “We often get repeat orders from hospitals who expect us to deliver fast. The ability to respond to customer requests as quickly as possible is at the heart of our IT strategy.”

To ensure it always delivers vital medical supplies to customers on time, Mutoh divided its IT infrastructure into a core system and an information system. Yasuhiko Taga says: “Fulfilling customer orders requires pulling data from multiple servers and processing it as fast as possible.”

Kengo Yamaguchi, Deputy Manager of the Information Systems Division at Mutoh, adds: “Extracting data from different systems across multiple physical servers was a very time-consuming and laborious process.”

To accelerate order processing, Mutoh moved its information systems from dedicated servers to a single virtualized environment. The company ran the virtualized environment on its existing hardware for five years before deciding to extend the capabilities of its infrastructure.

Kengo Yamaguchi comments: “We wanted to virtualize more information systems, but to do that we would have needed to deploy an additional application server to support the virtualized environment. We realized that we’d reached the limit of our physical resources.”

Yasuhiko Taga remarks: “Even if we had been able to increase the CPU and memory of our existing hardware, the servers would still have five-year-old hard disk drives. We decided that it was time for change – we wanted to take advantage of the latest technology.”

Investing in a hyperconverged infrastructure
After discussing its technical requirements with Lenovo, Mutoh opted for a hyperconverged infrastructure solution. The company implemented four Lenovo Converged HX5510 appliances powered by the Intel® Xeon® E5 family of processors and integrated with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform software, creating a single software-defined environment.

When building out its virtualized server environment five years ago, it took two weeks to get everything set up correctly. Working closely with Lenovo, Mutoh was able to implement the Lenovo HX Series solution in just one day.

Kengo Yamaguchi recalls: “We were taken aback with how fast the installation was. And it then took just one week to migrate 50 virtualized servers to the new environment.”

Yasuhiko Taga says: “In terms of management, the Lenovo-Nutanix hyperconverged solution ticked all of the boxes. We can manage everything from the compute resources to the virtualized environments via a single pane of glass. Should we ever encounter any issues, we would be able to see where the problem is at a glance. We really appreciate how easy to use the management tools are.”

Mutoh is also highly satisfied with Lenovo’s support services, as Yasuhiko Taga confirms: “The Lenovo engineers were on-site during the installation, which was a great help.”

Shinji Nasu, President & CEO of Userside, says: “The Lenovo engineers always respond rapidly to our support requests. Based on the competent support we’ve received thus far, we’re highly confident in them and the Lenovo hardware.”

Supporting customer services
By pooling compute and storage resources in a single virtual structure, the Lenovo HX Series solution offers easy scalability.

Yasuhiko Taga comments: “With the Lenovo solution, we can scale compute and storage resources very easily. This means that we can start small and ramp up resources as and when needed to ensure we always provide speedy service to our customers, even during periods of peak demand.”

Kengo Yamaguchi says: “Thanks to the Lenovo HX Series solution, we can offer highly reliable, high-availability IT services that enable staff to fulfill customer orders faster.”

Today, Mutoh is looking at using one of its four HX Series appliances as a disaster recovery system to boost resiliency and help keep customer services running no matter what.

Shinji Nasu concludes: “We are very excited to be taking advantage of the latest in data center technology from Lenovo and Nutanix, and look forward to what the future brings.”

For more information
To learn more about Lenovo Data Center Systems solutions, contact your Lenovo Sales Representative or Lenovo Business Partner, or visit: www.lenovo.com/data-center

For more information about Mutoh, visit: www.wism-mutoh.co.jp
 
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