Tennis Point

How Tennis Point moved from an all physical to an all virtual datacenter...

The company was founded in 1998 as a sport's equipment retailer under the name: "Welle & Miele GbR" in Muenster, Germany. With it's tranformation to Tennis Point and it's successfull launch of it's own online shop presence in 2007 it grow rapidly from 5 employees towards 167 in 2012 and became an important provider for tennis and other sports equipment, accessories and clothing. 2011 an award as "onlineshop of the year" was received.

The rapid growth of the company has been established in a mostly physical environment until 2012 when Tennis Point engaged with comdivision consulting. After a analysis of the existing system landscape comdivision developed a virtualization strategy which enabled Tennis Point to operate a virtualization first strategy.

Especially the virtualization of business critical applications like SAP, Groupware or the VOIP solution used was important for CEO Maik Langenberg: "Especially in the e-commerce industry we need to react highly flexible on customer demand. This can be achieved with the newest VMware technology implemented."

In a first step existing physical hardware was converted into virtual machines which was done within one weekend where the datacenter was moving to the new office headquarter and a major downtime was planned. After the migration was completed the vCenter Operations Management Suite was implemented for monitoring.

Jens Hennig, IT-Director at Tennis Point tells us: "Tennis-Point saves over 30% in total IT-expenses (CAPEX & OPEX) thru the virtualization solution from VMware, Backup from Veeam and services provided by comdivision"

Especially the ability to operate a more reliable resource planning and application monitoring based on vCenter Operations Manager with vFabric Hyperic enables Tennis-Point to ensure availability of business critical applications like SAP, VOIP and Groupware based on Microsoft Exchange.