Virtualizing Resource Intensive Applications, a Case Study with SAP
Virtualization of enterprise data center applications using hypervisors is proceeding at a very fast pace. It started with the consolidation of the simplest, least performance-sensitive, and applications, and is gradually moving towards consolidation of performance, latency sensitive applications with large memory & I/O requirements, like SAP applications. For many organizations SAP applications are critical to running their business successfully. A stable infrastructure underpins all successful SAP deployments. They are very demanding of the hardware resources; therefore it is challenging to virtualize them while retaining the desired performance. For instance with current technology, SAP customers often find performance overhead of 15-30% when virtualizing SAP applications. This hit to performance causes some customers to stay with dedicated, non- virtualized servers.
Technology & Architecture
Resource Intensive Applications, Case Study, SAP
Joachim Rahmfeld, Business Development Manager, VMware, Inc.
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