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How to get your SAP landscapes to SUSE Linux on Intel: SAP Consulting by Texperts

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  • ----- Meeting Notes (2/6/12 15:39) ----- Dirk used 14 minutes.
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  • Only OS platform for SAP NetWeaver (NW) Enterprise Search Application (ESA) and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA) SAP launched ESA mid August with BWA and other specific applications launching at a later date SAP and SAP partners will be responsible for generating demand and promoting ESA and BWA, and drag SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP applications into the discussion Novell ® direct and indirect routes will only need to fulfill product orders generated through the sale of the accompanying SAP application by SAP and its partners Novell will primarily take a supporting role in SAP Demand Generation and Awareness Activities
  • Hello everybody! My name is Gerhard Saumweber and I am the CEO and Founder of Texperts, Inc. - After hearing about the trends in data centers moving towards Intel hardware architectures, learning about how SUSE Linux can help standardize the data center and most importantly make a big difference to the TCO, we need to think about how do we get there. “ Engage experts!”, is very often emphasized by hardware and software vendors to ensure the implementation of their products based on best practices. Many customer however, try to tackle these implementation and migration projects by themselves. The reason is clear, it is about cost savings in general, but especially in these economic times. Let’s take a closer look at the challenges / gotcha’s involved here in this case. First of all, it requires very special knowledge and foremost experience to migrate SAP applications running on different legacy UNIX hardware platforms i.e. AIX (Power), HP-UX (PA-RISC) and Solaris (Sun SPARC) to just name a few. Now, what do these hardware platforms all have in common? They all support generally big-endian-ness, whereas, Intel architectures are based on little-endian. Okay, I am pretty sure there are many participants wondering what endian-ness is? Let’s tackle this real brief. Endianness is a term that describes the byte order used to represent the SAP data in your database. so, why is this important? Therefore, these differences in endianness requires us to consider extra steps to complete a system migration without corrupting your SAP data. Big point! I guess, you all agree. Typically, database providers backup/restore software do not assist with this issue, and that’s why SAP does not recommend using the native database backup recovery tools to copy the contents of the SAP database between different endian platforms, even when the operating system and database remain the same. When the endianness of the machines differ, SAP recommends to transfer the database content using a specific SAP tool that understands both SAP and the endian issues between different hardware architectures. As with so many tools for SAP this is just another tool which requires solid expertise, a specific certification by a seasoned SAP migration consultant and lots of migration experience. Typically, these seasoned specialists are also familiar with the OS/DB combinations supported by SAP, they can assist you in fine tuning the DB-export/import process to reduce the downtime and know how-to work with involved 3 rd -parties like in hosted environments. These are just some of the very important reasons why you should consider to engage with a migration specialist, or better “an expert!” ----- Meeting Notes (2/6/12 15:39) ----- Dirk finished at 36 min.
  • Let’s turn the page and let’s take a look at the actual opportunity involved with migrating off of legacy UNIX to SUSE Linux. If we look at our current situation, then we’ll see SAP implemented on a proprietary hardware generally based on RISC hardware architecture in combination with a legacy UNIX operating system like for instance Solaris and let’s say an Oracle database. Now, if we are considering to migrate this SAP stack to a CISC hardware architecture by Intel then we have the following options: 1) Option # 1 is migrating the SAP application onto a similar architecture just with Intel hardware buy with SUSE Linux operating system and Oracle 2) Option #2 is migrating the SAP application onto a little bit different architecture. We’ll introduce a layer between the operating system and the Intel hardware, in particular VMware – the leading software platform for enterprise Virtualization, but with the same SUSE Linux operating system and Oracle. The crux here is, that by migrating to an Intel hardware architecture you are paving the way to Virtualization in addition to standardizing your modern data center and reducing the total cost of ownership. I am sure that this should be a pretty nice side effect as everybody is virtualizing departmental application servers, email servers like Exchange as well as on tier-1 ERP applications like SAP. Spinning it a bit further, we’ll even pave the road to the Cloud as Virtualization is the main driver of cloud-based architectures.
  • Let’s turn the page again and let’s take a look at what is all involved in a migration process from a legacy UNIX to SUSE Linux? What is the flow and sequencing of these phases look like? It’s obvious by just looking at the slide that this will not be a simple undertaking over a weekend!  A migration of SAP landscapes will take weeks or months, or many months depending on many different tasks in the planning and design phase and thereafter in the actual build and Go-Live phase. Very important to the success of these projects is a proper set up and experienced project management team which ensures not only an efficient progress of the migration project but also ensures that knowledge is being transferred along the way. In the planning and design phase it depends on the scope of the systems involved, the set direction, the architectural design, # and depth of assessments involved to gather the requirements and the final resulting design of the SAP architecture depending on it being a physical or virtual implementation. In the build phase, we need to consider proof-of-concepts for each production system and similar to other SAP projects testing, testing and testing to ensure a robust, stable and performing SAP system when it will be deployed and after Go-Live.
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  • Intel SUSE Texperts Webinar

    1. 1. Get Ready for the Cloud -Reduce TCO and Standardize bymigrating SAP from UNIX to SUSE LinuxMartin Guttmann Gerhard Saumweber Dirk OppenkowskiPrincipal Architect CEO & Founder SAP Partner
    2. 2. AgendaWhy SUSE Linux – A detailed LookWhen? – TriggersEnterprise Computing Platform (Intel)SUSE Linux for Mission Critical SAPExpert SAP Consulting by TexpertsSummary
    3. 3. A Real Example: Burton SnowboardsAs a dynamic global enterprise, Burton operates 24/7 and requires theflexibility to react quickly to changes in the marketplace. The ITdepartment, in particular, needs to provide consistent uptime and to beable to adapt to changing business needs. Business Issues: SUSE Solution: Results:• HP-UX platform for SAP • SAP BI, CRM, ERP, Portal • 80% less server-related costs required - expensive hardware • SUSE Linux Enterprise • 99.999% uptime Server - time-consuming administration • Reduced power consumption • Dell INTEL servers by 30% - frequent downtimes• SAP and Oracle upgrade • SUSE Linux build-in • Reduced administrative time prompted platform evaluation automation tools and costs by 40%• UNIX replacement was cost prohibitive Trigger: Hardware Refresh
    4. 4. Trends in SAP Datacenters In 2011, SAP software revenue from Windows: 25% UNIX/Linux: 75% Linux the only growing OS Linux on Intel achieves 5x SAPS/$ Customers migrating away from proprietary RISC-based UNIX systems to Open Standard Systems Source: IDC, March 2011
    5. 5. Addressing Pain Points:Why are customers moving away from RISC? Cost Reduction Demand for PerformanceIT Budget Squeeze New projectsIncreasing project costs User growthSupport, maintenance costs Regulatory requirements Business Challenges Platform StrategyServer utilization Standards based architectureSpace / Consolidation Broadest solution portfolioPower & Cooling New platform for innovationHW, OS, SW refresh
    6. 6. Cost Savings - Example
    7. 7. AgendaWhy SUSE Linux – A detailed LookWhen? – TriggersEnterprise Computing Platform (Intel)SUSE Linux for Mission Critical SAPExpert SAP Consulting by TexpertsSummary
    8. 8. Triggers for a SAP migration  Lower TCO / Budget Constraints  License and Maintenance  Administrative Efficiency  HW Standardization / Alignment Initiative  Hardware / Technology Refresh  New SAP workloads (i.e. HANA)  SAP Upgrades  Supportability issues with the Legacy UNIX/DB combination  Virtualization of SAP landscapes  Cloud Integration/Migration
    9. 9. AgendaWhy SUSE Linux – A detailed LookWhen? – TriggersEnterprise Computing Platform (Intel)SUSE Linux for Mission Critical SAPExpert SAP Consulting by TexpertsSummary
    10. 10. AgendaWhy SUSE Linux – A detailed LookWhen? – TriggersEnterprise Computing Platform (Intel)SUSE Linux for Mission Critical SAPExpert SAP Consulting by TexpertsSummary
    11. 11. SUSE Linux Enterprise ServerThe infrastructure for SAP solutionsSLES is SAP Software Development Reference PlatformFirst SAP on SLES certification in 199970% market share, 2500+ customers, 100+ ReferencesKVM, Xen, VMWare supportIntegrated 24x7 Support through SAP Solution ManagerAppliance and OS Platform  SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator*  SAP High Performance Analytic Appliance*  SAP StreamWork Enterprise Agent*  SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Search*  SAP Business All-in-One Fast Start  SAP Business ByDesign* * SLES only
    12. 12. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server forSAP Applications The only operating system optimized for SAP software solutions• Faster Installation – accelerate time to results• Maximized Support – lower cost of operation and maintenance• Built in Business Continuity – protect critical business operations Recommended by SAP as a preferred Linux platform, the market leader running SAP on Linux: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP applications is the best designed foundation for physical and virtual mission-critical SAP software solutions including appliances
    13. 13. SLES for SAP Architecture Page SAP Web Cache ESPOS Java YaST Limit High Availability SAP Installation Extensions Framework SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SAP specific update channel
    14. 14. AgendaWhy SUSE Linux – A detailed LookWhen? – TriggersEnterprise Computing Platform (Intel)SUSE Linux for Mission Critical SAPExpert SAP Consulting by TexpertsSummary
    15. 15. Why engage experts?•Special Expertise and Experience•Technical Challenges– Big Endian / Little Endian e.g. Solaris SPARC to INTEL x86– SAP supported OS/DB combinations– Downtime due to DB-export/import scenario e.g. long runtimes, insufficient temporary database space•Service Delivery Challenges– SAP requires a SAP Technology Consultant with a special Certification for OS/DB-Migration (TADM70)– Experienced experts with SAP system copy process e.g. Heterogeneous System Copy– 3rd-party involvement e.g. hosted environments
    16. 16. SAP Migration: UNIX to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Physical SAP Physical SAP Virtual SAP DBS* DBS* SUSE Any DBS SUSE SUSE Legacy UNIX … SAP Apps Server SAP VMware Migration Cloud Infrastructure SAP Customer SAP Customer SAP Customer Legacy Unix (SAP) SUSE SLES (SAP) SUSE SLES (SAP)On-Premise / Off-Premise On-Premise / Off-Premise Private / Hybrid Cloud(s) This OS/DB Migration is paving the path … into the Cloud
    17. 17. UNIX to Linux migration Process SAP OS/DB Migration Process (Heterogeneous System Copy) Inception Discovery Construction Elaboration Transition Scope Direction Setting Architecture DesignRequirements Assessment Detailed Design Build, Configure and Development Integration TestingUser Acceptance Testing Deployment Support Project Management Knowledge Transfer Review Review Review Review Review
    18. 18. A Real Example:SGL Group (SGL) brings carbon-based products that enable themanufacture of solar cells, increase wind-turbine performance and reducethe weight of airplanes to the world market searching for environmentalsustainability. With focus on profitable growth with rising global demandcomes the need for IT agility at an affordable cost. Business Issues: SUSE Solution: Results: HP-UX platform for SAP • SAP SRM • Dramatically reduced costs required due to - expensive RISC hardware • IBM DB2 - Intel-based hardware - expensive software + tools - SUSE OS and IBM DB2 - slow deployment of system • SUSE Linux Enterprise • 35% faster application copies i.e. Sandbox, Test Server performance for end users Data center OS/DB stacks • Speed up provisioning of test • VMware vSphere 4 were not in alignment and sandbox environments from 6-8 weeks to < 2 days - heterogeneous OS and DB • HP INTEL servers stacks • Reduced administrative time and costs by 40% Trigger: Lower TCO - Data Center Alignment
    19. 19. AgendaWhy SUSE Linux – A detailed LookWhen? – TriggersEnterprise Computing Platform (Intel)SUSE Linux for Mission Critical SAPExpert SAP Consulting by TexpertsSummary
    20. 20. Summary  Identify your trigger to time your migration  e.g. hardware refresh, software upgrade  Leverage Virtualization and get on the right path to Cloud  Reduce TCO and increase Utilization  Standardize your IT environment including SAP  Guarantee Success by choosing experts  Reinvest in your business  Contact Intel / Texperts / SUSE for further questionsMartin Guttmann Gerhard Saumweber Dirk OppenkowskiPrincipal Architect CEO & Founder SAP Partner
    21. 21. Texperts, Inc. – Company Overview • Role: SAP Service Provider • Head-quartered in Atlanta, GA • Specializes in SAP® technologies & services (SAP BASIS) > 11 years • Business Practice(s): – SAP BASIS Consulting Services (11+ years) – SAP Hosting Services (6+ years) – SAP Virtualization and Cloud Services (4+ years) • SAP®-certified Cloud & Hosting Provider • Novell Silver Partner • VMware® - Certified Solution Provider on the Enterprise-tier in Infrastructure Virtualization30 30
    22. 22. Texperts, Inc. – Why us?• Expertise and Experience with SAP Technologies on SUSE Linux• SAP Certification• VMware Certification• SAP Migration Expertise and Experience (in-house migrations & customer data center migrations)• Close working relationship with SAP, VMware and SUSE• Excellent Customer References
    23. 23. Texperts, Inc. – Our Services• SAP Implementation on SUSE Linux• SAP Virtualization Assessments• Design, Plan and Implement SAP Virtual Architectures with VMware• SAP Migrations (Physical P2P & Virtual P2V)• SAP-on-VMware HealthCheck• SAP Technology Consulting•SAP-Certified Cloud & Hosting Provider– Implementation– Training / Testing systems– DEV– Upgrade– Production
    24. 24. ResourcesWhitepapersSAP solutions made High-Available on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications Practices for Running SAP NetWeaver on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with HA of Business-Critical Applications in SUSE Linux Enterprise Environments Virtualizedwith VMware vSphere 4 and SAP® NetWeaver® as an Example SAP Landscapes Offer Customers Increased Savings, Scalability and IT Flexibility Oil and Gas Company Leverages Cloud Technology to Enable SAP Upgrade
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