Rapid and seamless external communication through the website is critical for BRABUS as many customers make their first contact with the company via the Internet. Visitors to the website can find information about BRABUS and its Supercars and also gain access to the BRABUS Car Configurator. With just a few clicks, this unique web application can draw up the design of choice for the model selected.
Facing a steady rise in data volume from the website, BRABUS decided to outsource this IT infrastructure to Black Point Arts City Cloud. A partner in the IBM City Cloud programme, Black Point Arts maintains a City Cloud high-availability data centre that complies with German security standards and also supplies Cloud services to local SMBs in the Rhine-Main region. At present, Black Point Arts hosts around 50 small and midrange businesses with its City Cloud. BRABUS with nearly 300 employees in Germany is one of its larger customers.
"We are experts in the design and upgrading of automobiles, and Black Point Arts are experts in IT which is why we are turning to them", stated Hans-Jörg Asche, Head of IT at BRABUS GmbH. "Since the beginning of 2013, we have been using IT from the City Cloud to make our external communication scalable, flexible, and secure. We are very satisfied with the IT, which has run without fail around the clock so that customers in more than 100 countries can access our website at all times."
Bottrop-based BRABUS GmbH has a global reputation and a leading market position in vehicle tuning, primarily Mercedes-Benz, AMG and smart models, but it also upgrades aircraft or yachts. Finest leather and high-grade wood or carbon, for example, are used in interior design, and engine performance enhances BRABUS by extension of cylinder capacity, engine power kits or special control systems like PowerXtra. Changes to chassis, wheels or aerodynamic parts give different types of vehicle that unmistakable BRABUS style.
"In the City Cloud we offer a flexible and powerful IT infrastructure that can be adapted at any time to changes in our customers' business requirements and framework conditions", stated Dirk Estenfeld, CEO of Frankfurt-based IT service provider Black Point Arts. "The special benefit here is the flexible payment model based on the pay-as-you-use principle and the fact that we guarantee data protection in accordance with German law."
This flexibility is important for BRABUS because requirements for external communication are rising constantly. The interactive BRABUS Car Configurator in very data hungry and the system requirements are increasing rapidly as they add new car models, additional design functions, and integrated videos. The flexible City Cloud is based on IBM technology including System x servers and Storwize V7000 storage systems. With the inclusion of the next generation blade server found in the IBM Flex System, the City Cloud boasts an extensive system that can be expanded dynamically.
"Our partners and customers derive special benefit from our IBM Flex System because components such as computers, the network or storage units can be selected in modules within the Flex System", stated Martina Fiddrich, Head of SMB Business and Partnership Solution Centers at IBM Germany. "SMB customers like BRABUS use flexible IT services from the Cloud so that IT is a catalyst for business development and the company can focus on its core competences."
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