Virtualizing SAP Applications with Confidence on FlexPod, by Jackie Davis, Solutions Marketing Manager - Business Applications

Virtualizing SAP Applications with Confidence on FlexPod

While customers with SAP environments were not the first to adopt virtualization, surveys and studies have found that in 2012, virtualization is a priority within IT investments.  In fact, 71% of surveyed companies plan to invest in SAP virtualization in Germany (Source: DSAG investment survey, 2012.)  This rise in adoption shows that organizations have gained confidence in virtualizing business critical applications, such as SAP.

SAP users are often cautious about virtualization because they worry about the sensitive nature of the data and that this abstraction layer will add overhead and increase management complexity.  They are looking for proven solutions to help them safely deploy virtualization for CRM, ERP, and other applications.  The SAP applications built on FlexPod®  solution from NetApp does just this.  It is a unified, pretested, and validated data center solution built on a flexible and secure shared IT infrastructure using leading technology from NetApp, Cisco, and VMware. The solution integrates with SAP Adaptive Computing and combines NetApp’s unified architecture, advanced data protection, and provisioning technologies with the Cisco® Unified Computing System server platform and Nexus® switches and with VMware® vSphere® enhanced by its vendor-specific management software.  It offers secure multi-tenancy capabilities that deliver the security and efficiency of a shared IT infrastructure, enabling isolated landscapes for a variety of use cases. This allows customers to benefit from reduced risk and TCO and high application availability. Application and data mobility and accelerated SAP lifecycle management help to improve business agility.

The enhanced release of the SAP applications built on FlexPod solution integrates with SAP’s Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) and VMware vSphere and vCenter Orchestrator to automate workflows and routine IT administration tasks.  It helps reduce costs, hardware resources, and power; and simplifies IT landscape management.  As a result, SAP basis teams are freed from devoting additional time to manual, time consuming tasks and can spend more time on strategic projects.  A number of companies from energy infrastructure to IT services have deployed and realized the benefits this solution offers further proving the confidence companies have in virtualizing their SAP applications.

For more information about companies who have deployed and realized the benefits of the SAP applications built on FlexPod solution, click on the Resources tab of the NetApp at SAP TechEd 2012 website to see customer success stories.