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Virtualizing SAP becomes a reality
This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of August 2008, Vol. 4
When an organization considers virtualizing SAP applications, its IT department may believe that the discussion should start with something like, “A lawyer, a CEO and an IT guy walk into a bar …” But the idea of virtualizing SAP applications is no joke. In fact, many enterprises have already done so. More will virtualize SAP too, because it offers significant benefits and will be somewhat easier given new and maturing virtualization technologies—like hardware assisted memory virtualization—and upcoming virtual machine (VM) options from SAP. Before I discuss the technical details that make virtual SAP a reality, let’s begin with the reasons for virtualizing SAP in the first place. After all, it’s always tempting to leave well enough alone, especially when it comes to mission critical applications, which have dauntingly high-performance requirements. Why virtualize SAP? Virtualizing SAP yields the following benefits: improved hardware utilization efficiency; ease of new system deployment; system mobility; simple and predictable ...
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