Welcome to the SAP cloud! This is where data is processed and stored from several hundred small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) that have chosen the SAP Business ByDesign on-demand solution. We are standing in the data center in St. Leon-Rot, Germany, looking through a glass door at two rows of operational blade servers. The server room – a “high-density area” – measures just 800 square feet, yet houses more than 1,500 blade servers with a capacity of over 250 terabytes of RAM. As a comparison: This room could house only 200 conventional servers, with 60,000 gigabytes of RAM. “It’s just like theSAP Business ByDesign solution,” says Bernd Himmelsbach, who is responsible for managing SAP Business ByDesign customers’ infrastructure at the data center. “Our lean structure here lets us grow flexibly whenever we need to and thus help our customers achieve rapid time to value.”
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