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CSR Limited is one of the largest manufacturers in Australia and is the sixth largest sugar producer in the world. It is also a major manufacturer of building products. CSR uses SAP software to manage its multinational operations. Initially, CSR installed SAP on a UNIX/Oracle stack, but later migrated to the Microsoft Application Platform including Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database software. As Microsoft Application Platform has worked very well for CSR everywhere else, so after acquiring the Australia New Zealand operations of Pilkington Glass in 2007, they decided to shift Pilkington's SAP infrastructure from a UNIX/Oracle stack to the Microsoft Application Platform. In 2008, CSR upgraded its existing SAP infrastructure, hosted on the Microsoft Application Platform, from ECC 5.0 to ECC 6.0. At the same time, the company shifted its Pilkington Glass SAP ECC 5.0 infrastructure from UNIX/Oracle to Windows Server 2003 R2 for 64-Bit Systems and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition (64-bit). CSR is now considering an upgrade to SQL Server 2008 during the next 12 to 18 months, a move that would precede the company's migrating to SAP Unicode. The company is considering an upgrade to SQL Server 2008 to take advantage of database compression technologies available. It is great to see performance go up at the same time your hardware and software costs are going down.
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