Using SAP on VMware is no more a myth or risky but a reality. There are good number of customers who had not only virtualized their SAP test/Dev but also their production SAP on VMware’s reliable platform.
To understand all the aspects better, let me break this post into various parts.
This part 1 will talk about the typical challenges customers faces while if they use non-x86 or don’t virtualize their SAP.
Battle between x86 & non-x86
Customers have started looking at x86 servers v/s non-x86 (SUN SPARC / HP-UX / IBM-AIX) for the obvious benefits as below
Some of the driving factors are
No Vendor Lock-in: When it comes to x86 world, there is no vendor lock-in as you can use any vendor and any make and model as per your requirements.
Lower hardware & maintenance costs: x86 servers are far better than cheaper than non-x86 servers. This also includes the ongoing annual maintenance costs (AMC) as well.
Disaster Recovery: You can use any type of hardware, make and model when it comes to disaster recovery (DR). You don’t need to maintain hardware from same vendor.
Unprecedented scalability: You can now scale the x86 servers the way you want, TB’s of RAM’s , more than 64 cores etc is very much possible/available in x86 environment.
Support from Implementation Vendor: If you check with your implementation vendor/partner, you will find they that almost all of them can certify/support implementation of SAP on x86 environment. The same is the case if you are thinking about migrating from non-x86 to x86 world.
Along with above mentioned reasons, other reasons also includes scope for further cost reduction using VMware virtualization.