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August 2008, Vol. 4

Virtualizing SAP becomes a reality

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 ...

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?