Has your SAP landscapes become siloed, complicated, and expensive to run? Is your infrastructure feeling more like a dinosaur than a dynamo? Time to infuse your datacenter with innovation, speed, and flexibility of public cloud so you can flourish in today’s competitive market.
Below is an excerpt from the definitive guide to SAP on the Enterprise Cloud by Nutanix. You can download the complete guide at the end of this post.
Driving More Value from Your SAP Landscape
More than 388,000 companies around the world rely on SAP to support crucial business functions including ERP, CRM, SCM, HR, and many others. SAP has been the leading ERP software provider for over three decades, and around 75 percent of transactions supporting global GDP are processed through an SAP system.
Given the critical importance of SAP software, performance and availability are essential. Infrastructure supporting SAP is crucial, not just for IT teams and Basis administrators, but for the many business units that depend on the software. Digital transformation and the rise of the intelligent enterprise are generating unprecedented demands on IT. In response, organizations are seeking more efficient and scalable infrastructure solutions that can satisfy growing needs while reducing the time spent on routine management tasks across an entire SAP landscape, from production to QA to development and test.
Your company may be considering upgrades to the infrastructure supporting SAP for a variety of reasons:
- The need to upgrade to a newer version of SAP software.
- Addition of a new data warehouse or a new SAP module.
- Re-platforming current infrastructure due to obsolescence, or to take advantage of newer and more cost-effective technology options such as hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) instead of SAN, or x86 instead of Unix.
- Accommodate mergers and acquisitions.
- Rollout of a new business unit or subsidiary.
- Move to S/4HANA from SAP NetWeaver.
- Move to SAP HANA database from anyDB (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, and more).
Planned upgrades, whatever the reason, create the perfect opportunity to rethink your infrastructure approach.
For many organizations, the arrival of SAP HANA and S/4HANA present both opportunities and challenges. SAP HANA presents an opportunity to modernize both software and infrastructure to better support digital transformation and position your company for the future. However, you may find yourself supporting both NetWeaver and HANA environments in parallel for an extended period of time. Reducing risk for new HANA deployments is a top priority due to their business importance. It is essential to deploy HANA on reliable, predictable, and highly performant infrastructure. Simplifying the infrastructure that supports HANA is another top concern, as complexity creates risk as well as inefficiency and expense.
You may also be looking for a more cloud-like way to operate HANA on-premises so that you can take advantage of the increased resource utilization, availability, and flexibility that virtualization provides. It can quickly become inefficient to buy stand-alone appliances and run every deployment on bare metal. This is a capital cost challenge since these server and storage configurations are performance- and memory-intensive and an operational cost challenge as the number of HANA databases proliferates. Advanced virtualization provides the flexibility and operational simplicity to deliver different-sized HANA landscapes cost-effectively while enabling you to easily adjust resource allocations over time.
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Satisfies SAP requirements
Over the last few years, hyperconverged, web-scale infrastructure has emerged as a better alternative to traditional enterprise infrastructure that is increasingly ill-suited to meet the growing demands of SAP software. Hyperconverged infrastructure combines compute and storage resources— including flash—with intelligent operating software to create flexible building blocks that eliminate many of the pain points of deploying and managing IT infrastructure.
The first hyperconverged solution to be certified for SAP, Nutanix Enterprise Cloud combines the benefits of hyperconvergence and public cloud, making infrastructure invisible and elevating IT and business teams to focus on the SAP landscape. Nutanix Enterprise Cloud drives faster time-tomarket for important SAP initiatives, delivering benefits that were once only possible with public cloud. Nutanix bridges the efficiency, availability, and performance gaps between enterprise datacenters and public cloud, delivering a single software fabric that unifies your SAP environment, eliminates server sprawl, simplifies infrastructure management, and significantly reduces infrastructure footprint.
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization, and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, exceptional availability, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility to support your business-critical SAP environment.
SAP and Nutanix share an ongoing commitment to simplification. SAP has been shrinking its data footprint while accelerating throughput. Nutanix has been integrating and simplifying the infrastructure and management stacks, enabling you to achieve cloud-like agility on-premises. If you’re facing SAP performance, availability, scalability, time-to-value, or management challenges, Nutanix Enterprise Cloud offers immediate benefits with:
Simplified architecture: Nutanix Enterprise Cloud converges storage, virtualization, networking, and security, streamlining infrastructure management and scaling while:
- Reducing infrastructure costs up to 60 percent.
- Delivering much faster time to value.
- Reducing power space and cooling requirements up to 90 percent.
Data locality for superior performance: A flash-accelerated architecture with a unique approach to data locality delivers superior database and application performance while eliminating the need for continual performance tuning.
Exceptional availability: Nutanix exceeds the capabilities of traditional infrastructure with a self-healing architecture that restores full resiliency without operator intervention. Oneclick non-disruptive upgrades eliminate planned downtime.
Integrated management and automation: Manage the entire infrastructure stack through a single interface, Nutanix Prism, with built-in automation for many common tasks. Nutanix Calm facilitates application automation and orchestration.
Full virtualization: Server virtualization means that your SAP environment immediately benefits from all the operational advantages of virtualization, including significant reductions in operating costs…..
There’s a new way to run SAP HANA –
Nutanix is the first hyperconverged software solution certified for SAP HANA. With Nutanix Enterprise Cloud you can drive more value from your SAP environment, reduce TCO, and accelerate app development and testing in SAP while bringing your infrastructure into the cloud era.