SAP and SAP Partners offer a lot of functionality to manage SAP system landscapes. To have these management capabilities available is even more important since customers move more and more in to the SOA world. In publications you can sometimes read about that a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) requires also a Service-Oriented Infrastructure (SOI).
The challenge in SOA landscapes is often that the performance requirements are hard to predict. Imagine an employee self-service (e.g. users enter working hours to the system) is implemented as a web service. In certain situations when a large number of users access the system in parallel, the systems run into performance peaks. Customers have two options to react on this situation:
- Option 1: Provide enough server capacity to manage all peaks. The result is in average underutilized servers since the peak time exists e.g. just at month or year-end.
- Option 2: Size the servers for the average load, resulting in a slow response time during peak time and at the end complaining users.
This showcase, described in an article, shall demonstrate how customers may combine SOA management with Adaptive Computing virtualization technology and with that reduce complexity, increase the flexibility and at the end reduce costs in the management of their SAP datacenter. This could be a first step into an optimized management of SOA landscapes. This showcase was built by Peter McNulty, SAP NetWeaver Product Manager for Development Tools, and me. Since this showcase has currently a manual step in between, we are currently working to fully automate the communication of the systems.
Looking forward to your feedback.