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August 2008, Vol. 4

Virtualizing SAP: For many shops, still the next frontier

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 ...

Features in this issue

  • Virtualizing SAP becomes a reality

    by  Chris Wolf

    Just two years ago, bringing mission-critical applications like SAP into a production environment seemed like a bit of fiction. But today, new hardware offerings and hardware-assisted memory virtualization have made the prospect a reality.

  • Virtualizing SAP: For many shops, still the next frontier

    by  Lauren Horwitz

    Despite clear benefits and advances in virtualization-related technologies, IT shops remain wary of bringing mission-critical applications into a virtual environment. One global provider of heating and plumbing supplies, however, has embarked on the task of virtualizing SAP

  • Managing change in dynamic virtual environments

    by  David Davis

    Virtualization brings flexibility and dexterity, enabling rapid change. But change management processes are at odds with that flexibility. How can you reconcile the two?