Florida Crystals Corporation Migrated its SAP Infrastructure to AWS to Reduce Costs and Meet Sustainability Goals

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Key Takeaways

⇨ For a complex migration, a specialized partner like Lemongrass can speed up the process and limit downtime.

⇨ Migrations from on-premise infrastructure can reduce IT spending significantly.

⇨ AWS offers “greener” instances to align with its clients’ sustainability goals.

Lemongrass, an SAP specialist, chose AWS instances with underlying Intel® Xeon® Processors to maximize performance and workload flexibility.

Florida Crystals Corporation (FCC) is a fully integrated cane sugar company. Florida Crystals farms sugarcane, rice and vegetables in South Florida, where it owns two sugar mills, a sugar refinery, a packaging and distribution center, Florida’s only rice mill and one of the largest renewable power plants of its kind in the U.S., which uses sugarcane fiber to generate eco-friendly and sustainable energy that powers its sugar operations.

Florida Crystals is Florida’s largest organic farmer and the only producer of Regenerative Organic Certified® (ROC®) sugar that is grown and milled in the U.S., which is offered to consumers through the Florida Crystals® brand. Florida Crystals’ organic farm is also the largest ROC® farm in the country. Its subsidiary, ASR Group, jointly owned with Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, is the world’s largest cane sugar refining and marketing company.

In the past, FCC relied on its on-premise infrastructure to run SAP applications. However, as the company grew, it needed additional resource capacity and greater processing power to speed its growing workloads. With the help of Lemongrass, a specialist in SAP implementations, FCC migrated its SAP applications to AWS instances with underlying Intel® Xeon® Processors. The move provided FCC with greater scalability and performance, improved monitoring, backup, and more. The company also saved money by consolidating AWS instances.

“We always strive to be environmentally and socially conscious in our business decisions, and moving from a hosted private cloud to the public cloud is consistent with this approach. Moving our SAP systems to AWS, with help from Lemongrass, will reduce our carbon footprint while saving us money. These savings can be diverted to fund projects and innovation that benefit our customers, employees, and partners as well as the world we live in through our regenerative farming practices.”
Kevin Grayling, CIO, Florida Crystals

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