Hoya Corporation is an integrated optical manufacturer based in Japan that focuses on three main business areas: information technology, telecommunications, and life care. The company’s solutions are primarily present in four industries globally: healthcare, medical, electronics, and imaging. The HOYA Group comprises more than 100 subsidiaries and affiliates and more than 34,000 people worldwide with US $4.2B in revenue.
For the last three years, the finance department at Hoya has been running SAP Business Suite in a private cloud environment to support core activities such as finance and consolidated accounting work for the company's nearly 100 consolidated global subsidiaries. Given the changes in the company's business environment however, the teams found it increasingly difficult to gain cost efficiencies while keep a flexible, powerful system due to the hardware constraints of the private cloud environment. Furthermore, from the perspective of business sustainability, when Hoya considered the necessity of a disaster recovery site, the company realized it would not be practical to build one in a private cloud environment because of cost and time limitations. Within this context, the company decided to look into using a public cloud as a way to take advantage of the inherent value of the cloud while optimizing upfront and operating costs.
“Out of the many cloud vendors out there, we compared vendors from multiple perspectives and angles, and made our decision by asking the following question: ‘Can this vendor truly provide us with the value we need from the cloud?’” says Certified Information System Auditor Yoshihiro Moriya. Hoya had a wide range of items and considerations that needed to be investigated, including system specifications, ease of management, the ability to scale up or scale down on demand, flexibility, data auditing availability, security, business continuity, disaster prevention and recovery, and cost. To support its global presence, the company needed to find a cloud provider with multiple regions worldwide that could scale to handle unexpected large-scale events and within those, multiple availability zones that offered synchronized data backups. Hoya also wanted to find a cloud vendor that would provide well-defined SLAs, externally audited information security, and publicly disclosed audit results required for accounting and IT audits (e.g. SSAE 16). Hoya found that Amazon Web Services (AWS) met all of these requirements.
The company moved its core processes to the cloud, taking approximately two months to completely migrate its SAP Business Suite and disaster recovery environments over to AWS. The SAP Business Suite environment was previously running on Microsoft SQL Servers. Over the two-month period, the company spent approximately two weeks selecting the AWS services it was going to use and determining the application architecture. Next, Hoya took approximately a month to build its SAP, backup, monitoring, interface, and disaster recovery environment in the Singapore region. The company was able to complete testing for the application in less than a month and run through a dry run in less than two days. The migration of six live applications occurred in less than two days.
The company decided to run its SAP Business Suite on AWS. To ensure this migration project would proceed smoothly, it turned to Qunie Corporation, a Consulting Partner with the AWS Partner Network, to help with the migration project. “We also used the AWS Support, Business level” say Moriya. “As a result, we were able to complete the migration without any schedule delays, thanks to the prompt support we received when questions cropped up over the course of the project.”
By using AWS for this project, Hoya verified that it could flexibly and rapidly procure IT infrastructure while meeting its business objectives. There were also major cost benefits that resulted from the migration. In terms of initial investment, migrating to AWS costs approximately 50 to 60 percent less than running in the private cloud Hoya had been using beforehand. As an added benefit, the Hoya team employed a concept in which the maintenance support provided on a cost-incurred basis by its partner, Qunie Corporation, went from being a capital expenditure to an operating expenditure. “By using systematized cost-incurred maintenance support, we have been able to reduce actual capital expenditures by 80 to 90 percent over three years,” says Moriya
“We understood the major advantages on the cost side, but we had to pay careful attention to security issues, because the SAP Business Suite that we had been using stored a wide variety of data,” says Moriya. “We had heard urban legends about ‘security issues in the cloud,’ but the more we looked into AWS, the more it was obvious to us that AWS is a secure environment and we would be able to use it with peace of mind.” Going forward, the company intends to use AWS when it needs to add or enhance the functionality of its services.
- A Consulting Partner of the AWS Partner Network (APN).
- Qunie is a consulting firm with strong commitment in delivering the best services from advisory to realization stage, and has advanced experience building mission-critical systems like ERP with virtualization and cloud technology.
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