Value of IBM Power SystemsPlatform Choices for Enterprise SAP Infrastructure
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In today’s challenging economy, the focus for many organizations remains on reducing costs. Many market forces are at play along with the effects of globalization that are leading businesses to look at ways to invest in moving to Smarter Computing both in short and long term views.
There is a new ITG Executive Summary and Management Brief that explores how SAP Business Suite 7 solutions are being used in representative retail, distribution and manufacturing companies. Power Systems hosting SAP landscapes provide competitive advantage vs commodity Windows and x86 Linux-based server infrastructures deploying VMware.
It is less clear, that x86 servers are appropriate for the core systems that form the backbone of enterprise SAP environments. The main issue is not the performance of Intel processors but the constraints imposed by Microsoft, Linux, VMware and other x86 software from commodity vendors. SAP Business Suite 7 is not a commodity solution.
The business case for Power Systems for SAP deployment is not simply that this platform delivers higher performance, stability, scalability, concentration and resiliency than x86 servers. It is also that the distinctive Power Systems strengths map directly to the challenges that will face SAP Business Suite 7 users in the future.