IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications


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Finding the right balance between your IT budget and the need is a difficult challenge. Y ou rely on your SAP solutions to help make better business decisions, but your IT budget is likely under pressure. You need to keep all costs—acquisition, software licensing...

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IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications

  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology IBM Power SystemsSolution Brief IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications Affordable single system SAP environment for midsize businesses, supporting up to 500 SAP users Finding the right balance between your IT budget and the performance Highlights you need is a difficult challenge. You rely on your SAP solutions to help make better business decisions, but your IT budget is likely under ●● ● ● Deliver SAP ERP services faster and more pressure. You need to keep all costs—acquisition, software licensing, reliably with a robust, enterprise-proven platform management and maintenance, and energy—under control. ●● ● ● Maximize server throughput with Many midsize businesses rely on x86 commodity servers to run their advanced virtualization capabilities business solutions yet find they are challenged with the time they spend ●● ● ● Simplify deployment and server managing these systems, and ensuring their solutions are performing for management with a single server solution the business. ●● ● ● Reduce licensing and operational costs with fewer servers Midsize companies are looking for IT solutions that deliver higher Competitively priced to comparable ●● ● ● quality and yet are still affordable for their midsize business IT budgets. offerings The IBM® PowerLinux™ Solution Edition for SAP Applications is an ideal solution for midsize company enterprise resource planning. Sup- porting up to 500 SAP users, multiple SAP systems and its database on a single server, the IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications reduces server management and lowers IT costs.
  2. 2. IBM Systems and Technology IBM Power SystemsSolution BriefIBM PowerLinux 7R2 server of their systems. It reduces infrastructure costs and freesThe IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications resources so businesses can focus on bringing innovativeruns on the IBM PowerLinux 7R2 server, a highly secure, products and services to market faster.resilient and Linux-optimized system, enabling faster time-to-delivery. The IBM PowerLinux 7R2 server is a dense, Get higher hardware utilization throughLinux-only two-socket rack form factor with sixteen virtualizationIBM POWER7® processor cores. POWER7 technologies Take advantage of the scalability and capacity ofin the IBM PowerLinux 7R2 server such as Intelligent Threads IBM PowerLinux rack servers by leveraging industrial-and Active Memory Sharing can also improve workload strength PowerVM technology to fully utilize the system.performance1 and server return on investment. IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux is a new PowerVM edition that is available exclusively for the IBM PowerLinuxThe IBM PowerLinux rack server provides a robust, efficient, rack server. IBM PowerVM for IBM PowerLinux providesvirtualized environment with IBM PowerVM® technology so enterprise level functionality with an economical pricingthat business-critical workloads can run on a single server. The structure, comparable to x86 virtualization solutions.ability to consolidate workloads on fewer servers lowers infra-structure costs and simplifies server management. PowerVM technology provides the capability to dynamically adjust system resources to partitions based on workloadThe IBM PowerLinux rack server is designed for efficiency. demands, and allows individual virtual machines (VM) to accessWith Linux-optimized POWER7 processors, workload opti- the maximum amount of memory and CPU cores available inmizing technologies, and advanced virtualization capabilities, the server. PowerVM features such as Multiple Sharedbusinesses can run Linux applications quickly and efficiently. Processor Pools, Shared Dedicated Capacity and ActiveThe IBM PowerLinux rack server helps clients get the most out Memory Sharing enable workloads peeks, whether anticipated or unanticipated, to be handled efficiently by the system’s resources. The result is greater throughput per server2 and administration savings to businesses. The IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications leverages PowerVM virtualized resource utilization features to run a midsize business SAP landscape on a single server. PowerVM technology enables consolidation of traditional Linux server workloads in a scale-out environment to a single server, thus reducing server sprawl and operational costs. 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and Technology IBM Power SystemsSolution BriefTake advantage of superior reliability, IBM PowerLinux rack servers provide a secure environment foravailability, serviceability and security business critical workloads. The PowerVM hypervisor is secureIBM PowerLinux rack servers are designed to deliver leading- by design. In contrast to other architectures and virtualizationedge application availability and allow more work to be solutions, IBM is known for its unique architecture that deliversprocessed with less operational disruption.3 Reliability, the virtualized environment from bare metal through theavailability and serviceability (RAS) capabilities include recovery hypervisor. IBM PowerVM is certified at an Evaluatedfrom intermittent errors or failover to redundant components, Assurance Level 4+.4 Zero vulnerabilities have been reporteddetection and reporting of failures and impending failures, against PowerVM5 making it a secure, stable environment forand self-healing hardware that automatically initiates error business critical workloads.correction, repair or component replacement. In addition, theProcessor Instruction Retry feature provides for the continuous IBM PowerLinux rack servers provide a high-performance,monitoring of processor status with the capability to restart a efficient and reliable platform that reduces the need for multi-processor if certain errors are detected. If required, workloads ple x86 servers. By consolidating SAP applications and itsare redirected to alternate processors, all without disruption to database on to a single server, midsize businesses can simplifyapplication execution. And, with the Live Partition Mobility administration and maintenance for SAP applications and gainfeature of PowerVM, IBM PowerLinux rack server workloads the benefits of a proven enterprise level platform.can be moved between servers, while still running, to eliminateplanned downtime. Improve the return on investment on your SAP ERP services The IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications is a pre-integrated, virtualized solution, optimized and tuned for Linux, SAP and IBM DB2® on POWER7. All of the hardware and software components, POWER7 technology, PowerVM, Linux, SAP and DB2 have been developed and optimized to deliver SAP ERP services faster and reliably. 3
  4. 4. IBM Systems and Technology IBM Power SystemsSolution Brief The IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications utilizes DB2 as its database management system. DB2 has been optimized for SAP,7 and is integrated with SAP applications as one product. DB2 is optimized for the POWER7 processor and its Intelligent Threads technology. It is specially designed to automatically leverage and optimize multiple threads, with no change to applications.8 The exploitation of POWER7 by DB2 optimizes database performance for SAP enterprise resource planning. The performance of the POWER7 processor makes it possible for applications to run efficiently with fewer processors, result- ing in lower per-core software licensing costs. In addition, a single system can run more applications and reduce the number of required servers, thus lowering infrastructure costs.The IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applicationsprovides customers with the choice and cost savings of Linux, Combining software optimization for SAP ERP with the costthe industry’s fastest growing server OS.6 Linux running on savings of running fewer servers and Linux, at prices compara-IBM Power Systems™ is industry-standard Linux optimized to ble to traditional Linux systems—the IBM PowerLinux rackexploit the advanced hardware and software capabilities of server does more, for less. Midsize companies can get the mostPower Systems. More companies are choosing Linux for their from their SAP ERP investment and free resources to capturePower platform OS because it exploits the attributes of Power new business.scalability, RAS, performance, and virtualization features withthe openness and affordability of Linux—choice of open source A competitively priced alternative tocode, simple maintenance, and reduced acquisition and supportcosts. With the IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP comparable offerings Many SAP customers believe that running Linux on x86 hard-Applications, midsize businesses are able to leverage the ware provides “good enough” performance for the price. Asbenefits of an open source OS yet still exploit Power platform budgets shrink, the upfront expenditures are often a majorfeatures to deliver faster services and higher quality, while consideration, but now midsize companies can take advantagelowering acquisition and ongoing infrastructure costs. of the IBM PowerLinux rack server solution at a price point that is competitive with comparable x86 offerings.SAP has supported IBM Power systems running Linux since2004. Power has proven its reliability and performance leader-ship with SAP workloads repeatedly since then. Deploying SAPon the IBM PowerLinux server offers midsize customers theadvantages of an SAP ERP system with the openness of Linuxon an enterprise proven hardware platform. 4
  5. 5. IBM Systems and Technology IBM Power SystemsSolution BriefWhether looking to replace aging x86 servers or to escape and—in partnership with companies like Red Hat andhigh proprietary software license costs, IBM PowerLinux rack SUSE—has helped Linux become accepted as a new standardservers offer: for the business world.●● ● More throughout per server. Through IBM developer participation in Linux communities,●● ● More efficient virtualization. IBM contributes to the development and optimization of●● ● Higher availability. Linux.10 IBM has learned that involvement with Linux relies on●● ● Fewer servers to manage. collaboration and influence not control, and has benefited●● ● Competitive total cost of acquisition. greatly from the wisdom of the crowds. And, contributions●● ● Lower operational costs. made by IBM are recognized and valued by the Linux commu- nity. In 2011, readers of the Linux Journal selected IBM asThe IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications the winner of the “Best Linux Server Vendor” category in itsis the ideal SAP ERP solution for midsize businesses. Midsize 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards.11businesses can leverage pre-integrated, Linux optimized,enterprise proven hardware and software at competitive For more informationpricing compared to traditional Linux x86 offerings. To learn more about IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications, please contact your IBM representative orWhy IBM? IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website:For 40 years, IBM and SAP have consistently delivered superior on investment through thousands of successful imple-mentations.9 IBM and SAP collaboration on DB2 produced the Additionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire theonly database truly optimized for SAP. It is also the only SAP- IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effectivesupported database available on all SAP supported hardware and strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualifiedenvironments from Linux, Microsoft Windows, UNIX, to clients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi-IBM System i® and IBM System z®. PowerVM was also ness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve yourSAP’s first supported and certified virtualization solution. total cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartestSince 2004 SAP has supported PowerVM and its advanced choice to fund critical IT investments and propel your businessvirtualization capabilities with Linux, AIX and IBM i. forward. For more information, visit: 2000, IBM has embraced Linux as strategic to its systemsstrategy, starting with investing over US$1 billion to back theLinux movement. IBM’s support of the Linux communitygrabbed the attention of CEOs and CIOs around the globe 5
  6. 6. 3 Server Availability: ITIC 2011 Global Server Hardware & Server OS Reliability Survey Results, ibm-stratus-microsoft-score-high-marks-in-itic-fall-2011-global-reliabillitty- survey/4 PowerVM security source: security/solutions.html5 Zero vulnerabilities reported against PowerVM by US CERT or by MITRE Corporation Linux fastest growing server OS source: DB2 and SAP J233701A22235G06.html8 DB2 and Power7 Why IBM and SAP “Linux Kernel Development: How fast it is going, who is doing it, what they are doing, and who is sponsoring it”, March 2012. http:// Linux Journal 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards, “Best Linux Server Vendor”, December 1, 2011 readers-choice-2011 Please Recycle POS03089-USEN-00