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For many information technologists, virtualizing mission-critical applications remains untrod ground. Fears about application performance, proper backup and recovery, and adequate security for virtual machines (VMs) are among a litany of concerns that have left IT departments slow to warm to virtualization. But a few IT shops have begun to cross the chasm and reap virtualization's benefits by reducing costs, increasing hardware utilization, containing server sprawl and improving disaster recovery practices. For one U.K.-based global heating and plumbing supplies provider that wishes to remain anonymous, the next frontier is virtualizing SAP AG’s enterprise resource planning app, SAP ERP. The global company has sales of more than $31 billion, more than 75,000 employees, some 5,000branches and six data centers in North America and Europe. With a large and complex supply chain that is central to the company’s day-to-day business, virtualizing SAP is a major undertaking. And considering that VMware certified SAP only six months ago—in December 2007—the company’s... Access >>>