Today, roughly 75 percent of SAP software installations are deployed on Intel® processor-based servers, including many large enterprise implementations. In most cases, these implementations are deployed on relatively large numbers of distributed four-socket or smaller servers. How can this install base benefit from the latest technology trend, including more powerful hardware, virtualization, and lower-cost open source operating systems?
SAP co-innovation Lab has just completed a PoC with 4 partners, HP, Intel, SUSE (a business unit of the Attachmate Group), and VMWare to investigate on this topic. The findings are documented in a 5 company joint whitepaper (link: http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/e0eb1f0b-15b6-2e10-69ad-f5f54c43222c?quicklink=index&overridelayout=true )
The paper describes key hardware and software advances that are especially relevant for supporting mission-critical SAP software deployments, as well as the key results of the COIL PoC. The following figure shows the high level deployment architecture of the COIL enviroment.
The PoC showed Near-linear scalability for a heavy ERP workload deployed to virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical server. A two-socket server based on the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series was shown to support up to 2,100 concurrent users
with an average response time of less than one second. An eight-socket HP ProLiant™ DL980 server based on the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series was able to support
up to 8,000 concurrent users with a sub-second average response time.
Much more details about the environment, the test setup, and the results are available in the paper. Check it out, and let us know what you think.