SAP Adds Adaptive Computing Capabilities to SAP NetWeaver

Companies faced with diminishing IT budgets are looking to better utilize their existing computing assets and become more flexible to respond to rapidly changing business conditions. SAP NetWeaver, the integration and application platform that drives business change, will offer adaptive computing capabilities to match computing demand with hardware to maximize the efficiency of customers’ technology resources.
“The introduction of adaptive computing capabilities into SAP NetWeaver, demonstrates our focus on helping customers drive down operating costs and reinvest this money into supporting innovation across the organization,” said Shai Agassi, member of the executive board, SAP AG. “Adaptive computing capabilities allow customers to maximize their IT investments, reducing TCO and increasing flexibility in adapting to changing software conditions.”
The adaptive computing capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, which bridges software and hardware, help customers consolidate and streamline their IT infrastructure to better manage concurrent demand for hardware resources more efficiently. Software solutions are decoupled from their hardware infrastructure, enabling a more flexible use of hardware resources by matching the performance needs of business applications across the enterprise. With adaptive computing capabilities, customers can run any application on any server at any time, driving system performance at a low cost of operation.
SAP has developed unique adaptive computing features within SAP NetWeaver, such as shared services and service virtualization, which assign business applications to underlying hardware within minutes. Adaptive Computing capabilities provide a central operating point to control, observe and manage SAP business solutions to help customers streamline their IT operations.

Partner Momentum

SAP partners Dell, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, IBM, Intel Corporation, Network Appliance, Sun Microsystems and T-Systems are committed to supporting SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities. SAP is working closely with these companies to, for example, harness the power of blade servers and virtual servers to help customers simplify their IT environments, leverage hardware resources and lower operational costs. To help foster continued collaboration and innovation among these key partners in delivering new customer value, SAP has also created the Adaptive Computing Council. The council recently introduced the “Adaptive Computing Compliance Test,” which enables qualified partners to leverage the newest, most innovative technologies while using SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities.

  • Dell: “Dell’s ability to accelerate the adoption of industry standards in the data center and focus on lowering costs makes us an ideal infrastructure provider for SAP solutions,” said Linda York, vice president of global alliances, Dell. “Dell’s scalable enterprise vision, combined with adaptive computing capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver technology platform, is designed to help customers reduce costs, achieve faster ROI and be more flexible in adapting to rapidly changing IT needs.”
  • Fujitsu and Fujitsu Siemens Computers: “The Fujitsu Group welcomes the launch of SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities,” said Dr. Joseph Reger, chief technology officer, Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “It is our firm objective to remain a lead innovation partner and to support SAP actively in their adaptive computing capabilities. We strive to align our IT infrastructure solutions with the SAP NetWeaver strategy and are all the more proud to be the first SAP partner to successfully pass the SAP Adaptive Computing Compliance Test. To our numerous joint customers that have already decided on FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite as the first IT infrastructure realization of SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities, this announcement provides both investment and innovation protection at the same time.”
  • HP: “Customers expanding their enterprise applications infrastructure are increasingly looking to HP for standardized solutions that are modular, flexible and easy to manage, in order that the IT environment can rapidly respond to changing business requirements,” said Ron Eller, vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Solution Alliances. “With the alignment of HP’s adaptive enterprise strategy and SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities, our joint customers will be able to deploy their SAP landscapes with greater accountability, agility and flexibility, resulting in improved return on information technology.”
  • IBM: “As part of IBM On Demand Infrastructure and based on IBM’s Virtualization Engine, IBM supports SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities. Joint technology initiatives between SAP and IBM have enabled IBM to be the first to demonstrate this solution on UNIX platforms and storage area networks, expanding previously shown capabilities on IBM zSeries and IBM xSeries.” Volker Loehr, general manager, Global IBM/SAP Alliance, IBM said “SAP’s and IBM’s technologies, based on open standards, complement each other to help customers realize faster reduction of TCO and as such enable them to invest more into innovation of their respective businesses.”
  • Intel: “Intel and SAP collaboration in the adaptive computing space is aimed to help customers reduce total cost of ownership of their SAP NetWeaver solutions by standardizing on industry standard blade- and rack mountable- servers powered by Intel Xeon processors and Intel Itanium 2 processors,” said Dr. Dalibor Vrsalovic, vice president and chief technology officer, Intel Enterprise Platforms Group. “Both companies are committed to deliver innovative solutions that are easy to deploy, expand with customer demand and provide a high return on investment. And in the future, we plan to cooperate around virtualization, manageability, security and utility-like computing.”
  • Network Appliance: “Companies of all sizes can reap the performance, scalability and manageability benefits of having SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities integrated within their server and database environments,” said Patrick Rogers, vice president of marketing, Network Appliance. “Network Appliance has been working with SAP and over 20 different customers, who have already adopted this concept, to ensure NetApp storage solutions are tightly integrated and optimized for increased overall storage performance and availability.”
  • Sun Microsystems: “Sun Microsystems and SAP share a joint commitment to help customers attack cost and complexity, accelerate network service deployment and increase mobility with security,” said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, market development, Sun Microsystems. “With the availability of SAP adaptive computing capabilities on Sun systems featuring the Solaris Operating System and Linux, we can help engineer complexity and cost out and build a scalable IT foundation that supports our customers’ growing and dynamic business needs.”
  • T – Systems: “T-Systems claims ‘managed business flexibility’ becomes reality through adaptive computing in the area of SAP application outsourcing. The improvement of quality, speed and flexibility in resource allocation with simultaneous TCO reduction by the usage of new technology, optimized hardware utilization and employment of neutral hardware as well as the increase in the degree of automation brings immense advantages to our customers,” said Dr. Jürgen Kratz, senior executive vice president, Strategic Partner Management, T-Systems. “With the IT infrastructure solution FlexFrame for mySAP Business Suite of Fujitsu Siemens Computers based on SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities we implemented an innovative solution that significantly drives business value for our customers. Now, we are able to offer an even higher service level regarding our customers’ SAP applications and we were able to cut down on operational costs with remarkable size while gaining more flexibility at the same time.”

First demonstrated as a proof-of-concept in June 2003, SAP’s adaptive computing capabilities will be available in June 2004.

Source: SAP AG