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United Devices, Satyam Grid-Enable SAP Instances

United Devices (UD) and Satyam Computer Services, the global consulting and IT services provider, announced general availability of a Grid-enabled SAP solution that the companies developed collaboratively and will jointly market.

UD and Satyam said the solution is an especially important development in applying Grid technologies to manage mainstream business applications in data centers because of SAPs worldwide prevalence across business enterprise software, especially applications involving CRM, ERP and supply chain management. SAP is the worlds third largest software company.

In a typical mid-range installation, UD and Satyam estimate their solution could cut the number of servers required to run a full SAP environment by up to 40 percent with cost savings approaching 35 percent per year. The solution has been integrated with SAP using SAPs Adaptive Computing Controller (ACC).

By integrating with a grid infrastructure and using grid scheduling capabilities to dynamically allocate resources, we have demonstrated that SAP users can reduce the number of servers required and thereby significantly lower total cost of ownership, said Jikku Venkat, chief technology officer at UD. Just as important, performance and reliability are ensured via our SLA-based application delivery model, so the end user will experience the same high level of service as required in any SAP implementation.

The UD/Satyam solution consists of Grid-enabled applications and databases that offer virtualized services running on shared, provisionable servers. Rather than having separate dedicated application servers for each SAP instance, with this solution all SAP instances run across a single pool of shared servers that are automatically provisioned according to scalability, availability, SLA requirements, policy definitions and other factors.

Individual servers can support multiple SAP instances; likewise, individual instances may span multiple servers in the pool.

Grid-enabled SAP solution significantly increases availability of resources and scalability, said Sundararaj.S, vice president of consulting and enterprise solutions at Satyam. Any load increase on a particular SAP application server can be handled by enhanced provisioning across a shared pool. A Grid-enabled SAP application effectively creates a pool of servers to handle peak loads and spikes in demand, thereby eliminating the requirement of maintaining idle, contingency machines in the data center to react to such incidents.

Besides decreasing the number of servers required for an enterprise SAP installation, the UD/Satyam solution increases server utilization, allows easy planned maintenance and enables fast provisioning of servers into the environment. The capacity of the application can be scaled simply by adding additional servers to the pool.

The solution can be customized easily to meet the requirements and SAP layouts of individual customers, and resource provisioning can support existing policies and preferences.

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