SAP virtualization has become more prevalent in the last couple of years, and stands to gain adoption as companies look for ways to cut costs in this economy.
So far, companies virtualizing SAP applications are mainly focusing on non-production environments. But even that's changing -- as more companies are running their mission critical applications on virtualized servers.
In this special report, find out how to get started with SAP virtualization. Learn about companies that are virtualizing SAP applications, as well as virtualization trends and SAP's strategy moving forward.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
News and tips: The basics SAP virtualization
Video: Building a case for SAP Virtualization
Podcast: Virtualizing your SAP environment
SAP Virtualization Week 2009 resources
More on Server Virtualization
| News and tips: The basics SAP virtualization
- Best practices for SAP virtualization
Virtualizing an SAP environment can be complicated. Before starting an SAP virtualization project, be sure to consider factors such as licensing agreements, support contracts and adding new system monitoring applications.
- Building data center from scratch meant running SAP virtual servers was easy decision
Even if an SAP virtual server deployment doesn't generate hard ROI numbers, estimated savings are usually substantial enough to justify moving more applications to virtual servers.
- Infrastructure assessment is prerequisite to running SAP virtual servers
Before committing to run SAP virtual servers, IT managers should conduct a full system hardware and software assessment up-front to determine how much of their SAP infrastructure they can virtualize.
- Mission-critical SAP software demands a mission-critical hardware infrastructure
What role does hardware play in an SAP infrastructure? SAP software application performance depends on a well-managed, quality hardware infrastructure. Servers, processing speed, storage and memory are the linchpins of the SAP enterprise hardware infrastructure.
- Running a virtualized environment: Can your hardware handle it?
Many firms virtualizing an SAP environment should first see if their existing hardware and available memory are sufficient or if they need to bring in new, more powerful servers.
- SAP infrastructure changes to databases, servers yield quick returns
Making SAP infrastructure changes, including changing databases, putting in blade servers and virtualizing SAP applications, could result in savings in less than a year.
- SAP takes familiar yet effective approach to SAP virtualization
SAP virtualization projects are on the rise thanks partially to SAP's long-standing and painfully simple approach to infrastructure issues, analysts say.
- Infrastructure planning key to avoiding SAP virtualization problems
SAP virtualization support calls are likely to be long and boring. Here's some tips on how to avoid them.
- Basis administrators have job skills best suited for SAP virtualization
SAP Basis administrators have what it takes for SAP virtualization projects. But does a company need more skills for the project?
- SAP virtualization becoming more prevalent, even with mission-critical apps
Thinking of getting started with SAP virtualization? Many SAP customers are jumping on the virtualization bandwagon.
| Video: Building a case for SAP Virtualization
- Getting Started with SAP Virtualization
Server virtualization provides the opportunity to save significantly on hardware and that's something many companies running SAP want to know more about. In this video series from SAP Sapphire 2009, Chris Carter, president and CEO of HiLn, discusses how to get started with an SAP virtualization project, including what needs to be considered in terms of hardware, staffing and SAP modules.
- Making the case for SAP Virtualization
Running SAP software in a virtual environment provides the opportunity for some significant cost savings, but in difficult economic times, every expenditure must be justified. In this video, find out how to make the case for an SAP virtualization.
- Hidden Costs in an SAP Virtualization Project
While many companies have either invested in server virtualization or else are looking into it, some costs involved in the virtualization projects may go overlooked. Learn about the expenses and savings organizations may not typically take into account when embarking on SAP virtualization.
| Podcast: Virtualizing your SAP environment
- Virtualization in SAP environments
How can SAP applications be optimized for a virtualized environment? How do you integrate third-party virtualization technology with SAP? How do you achieve business agility via virtualization? In this podcast, Chris Carter discusses why virtualization is important to SAP customers, and digs into strategic issues related to virtualization in SAP environments. Find out which virtualization solutions are the least expensive and quickest to deploy.
| SAP Virtualization Week 2009 resources
- Going green kicks off SAP virtualization week
SAP announced an interesting initiative at SAP Virtualization Week in 2009 -- the Green IT community.
- Easing your fears of SAP virtualization support
Support has been one of the biggest issues surrounding SAP virtualization, especially when it comes to moving mission-critical applications to virtual environments.
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