December 17, 2007
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 12 -- VMware Inc.,
the virtualization software leader, today announced that SAP AG will
provide immediate full support to its solutions in 64-bit Windows- and
Linux-based production environments running on VMware ESX Server.
Servers from Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM and Sun have achieved
hardware platform certification for SAP solutions running on Windows
and Linux with VMware ESX Server, a component of the VMware
Infrastructure software suite. VMware Infrastructure supports SAP
solutions with both Windows and Linux on industry-standard hardware.
SAP and VMware will assist joint customers in cooperative support
services and problem resolution, backed by a global technology
partnership agreement and dedicated support staffing.
"There has been overwhelming customer demand for SAP and VMware
solutions. Support of SAP solutions on VMware ESX Server means
customers can extend the numerous benefits of infrastructure
virtualization to the business-critical and functionally rich SAP
solutions in their IT environments," said Brian Byun, vice president of
global partners and solutions at VMware. "This support reflects the
increasingly productive relationship between SAP and VMware, and it
provides a sought-after solution for customers looking to combine the
powerful process management capabilities of SAP solutions with the
robust datacenter management and cost-saving features of VMware
SAP solutions enable organizations of all sizes to manage business-
critical processes using an enterprise service-oriented architecture
(enterprise SOA) to quickly translate customer signals into operational
response, respond faster to business and market changes, and provide
built-in application integration. Customers who rely on SAP solutions
to keep their businesses moving forward can deploy VMware ESX Server
with SAP support for all stages of the software lifecycle from
development and test to production.
VMware Infrastructure allows customers to turn industry-standard
hardware into OS- and hardware-agnostic enterprise-class virtual
infrastructure where entire server, storage and network farms can be
managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different
business units or projects. This gives IT decision makers the ability
to combat the continually escalating datacenter infrastructure and
administrative costs incurred from hardware acquisition, management,
power and cooling, real estate and disaster recovery; transform IT
service levels; and simplify and automate their IT infrastructure.
"VMware Infrastructure has many benefits for hosted environments,"
said Benno Weidmann, vice president of hosting infrastructure management
at SAP Hosting. "We've been able to automate internal business
processes and increase service levels to internal customers. In
addition, we have reduced costs with consolidation and automation of
system deployment, as well as greatly reduced the required hardware for
internal training and development systems. Altogether, virtualization
helps us to lower costs, develop and automate user services, better
manage hardware and software lifecycles, and improve production and
capacity planning across a more unified infrastructure."
Customers that have been using VMware ESX Server with SAP solutions
are successfully leveraging the benefits of virtualization for
mission-critical SAP workloads. Support from SAP will enable customers
to further extend the value of running SAP solutions on their
"Our Dynamic Services offering has been taking advantage of the
benefits of VMware Infrastructure for use in SAP solution-based
environments for a couple of years now," said Dr. Gregory Smith,
director of dynamic services at T-Systems North America. "VMware
solutions, combined with our own IP, give us high application
availability, high server utilization and agile resource management,
making it possible to give our customers using SAP solutions a true
utility computing model at a lower cost than our competitors."
"We are very pleased with the results of virtualizing our SAP
solutions- based environment," said Dave Swan, senior manager of
IS&T server operations for EFI. "With VMware VMotion, we can do
both scheduled and on-the-fly maintenance with zero downtime. We get
excellent stability, as well; we can allocate resources as necessary to
meet changing workloads without interruptions to our users. One
unplanned benefit that we've leveraged to great advantage is the
ability to spin up temporary test or proof-of-concept environments
quickly, whenever we need them, which eliminates unnecessary delays in
the software development cycle. VMware software has changed our whole
concept of how to support SAP solution-based infrastructure, and we're
able to serve the company much better than we could before we
By supporting its applications in production environments running on VMware ESX Server, SAP enables its customers to capitalize on the robust benefits of infrastructure virtualization, including:
Customers also will benefit from the opening of the first
Virtualization Competency Center (VCC) for SAP solutions in conjunction
with AddOn Systemhaus GmbH, a leading consulting company. Situated in
Walldorf, Germany, the center will be managed and run by AddOn and will
provide customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with a
facility where knowledgeable consultants help design, migrate and then
optimize simulated deployments of SAP solutions on VMware
More information on VMware's technology partnership with SAP can be found at www.vmware.com/SAP.
You can also attend a Webinar tomorrow entitled, "SAP Supports Windows in Production on VMware." Sign up for the Webinar at https://vmwareevents.webex.com/vmwareevents/onstage/g.php?p=130&t=m.
About VMware Inc.
VMware is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. Organizations of all sizes use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, Calif., and majority-owned by EMC Corp. For more information, visit www.vmware.com/.
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