Project Description

COMPANY

Landi Renzo Spa is a world leader in LPG and CNG fuel supply systems and components for vehicles.

The company, based in Cavriago, Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, was founded by Renzo Landi in 1954 to manufacture mixing systems for all types of vehicles. The company’s growth in the automotive sector has been exponential ever since, and was not even halted by the premature death of its founder – the company passed to the control of his wife, Giovannina Domenichini, and son Stefano Landi, who took the reins in 1987. Continuous technical innovation led Landi Renzo to the top of the sector, with rapid internationalisation which means it now operates in over 50 countries, with 20 subsidiaries, exporting 80% of its production. Landi Renzo Spa has been listed on Borsa Italiana’s Star index since June 2007. The complexity of managing the company’s IT systems increased hand in hand with the growth of its business. In this context, virtualisation of the servers was the choice made by Landi Renzo’s ICT department, and in particular its Manager, Monica Giglioli, who told us: “A far-sighted strategy allowed us to handle the growth of the group and listing on the stock market without too many problems”.

GOALS

The rapid and continuous growth of the Landi Renzo Group, its worldwide expansion and its transformation from a simple family-run company to a multinational posed challenging goals for the ICT department: supporting the business was possible thanks to non-stop technological innovation. Believing in innovation and being its mouthpiece has meant a major commitment, but also major results for the Landi Renzo ICT department.
 A good example is that the company went from three physical servers in the early 2000s to 100 virtual servers in 2016. It was in 2005 that the decision was made to virtualise the servers. Landi Renzo began to work with HP and IFIConsulting. The Windows part was the first to be virtualised.
“Virtualisation allowed us to centralise the management of the data of the many branch offices and to optimise and simplify the acquisition of other companies (Lovato, SAFE AEB, Emmegas …), without running into space and performance problems. At the same time, it allowed us to take on the complex OEM market for automotive manufacturers, without losing sight of the after-market business, as well as managing our listing on the stock market,” Giglioli explained. And why did they choose HP? “Because it is synonymous with internationally important technological innovation, stable systems and optimum performance”.

IMPLEMENTED SOLUTIONS

Organisational innovation in a modern company always hinges on
 technological innovation. The existing processes, the routine activities, are modified through applied technology with dedicated projects, new processes and new working methods.
“We are able to support new projects and challenge the business,” Giglioli notes.

The company switched to HP Eva 4000 storage in 2005, which brought more disc space and increased performance, along with the first virtualisation implementations. Migration to the HP EVA 8400 occurred in 2008, and 2015 saw the ultimate step: the HP 3Par 7440 storage system, where everything is virtualised. The OS used is Linux for SAP, and Windows for the remainder of the systems.

CONCLUSIONS

The virtualisation route has proven to be reliable and economical for the company.

“We have always managed to support the group’s growth: new acquisitions have never been a problem.”
 Management has always backed the ICT department’s choices, investing in technology. “The Group believes in research, innovation and continuous improvement of its products.” The company’s internal ICT system is now faster and more reliable. “Production efficiency has been improved,” Giglioli confirms. “Everything is integrated in real time, with technical measures which guarantee time to market and delivery of projects.”