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*Thanks to SAP partner VMware for their contributions to this blog

Virtualization is spreading through our customers’ datacenter like wildfire this year due to the proven efficiencies and significantly lower TCO.  Some customers have been hesitant to virtualize mission critical applications and production environments but today- it is considered an industry best practice as SAP and VMware have eliminated the three barriers known historically to prevent businesses from successfully virtualizing their business critical databases- licensing, performance, and support.


The fact that Sybase has never asked their customers to reproduce support issues on physical hardware is a crucial differentiator. Simply because once you start your journey with VMware the physical world quickly becomes history. By not having to reproduce on physical hardware our customers don’t have to worry about taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back to physical on their journey to 100% virtualization.


SAP-Sybase’s support for sub-capacity licensing on vSphere gives customers tremendous flexibility when architecting virtual infrastructures. Since SAP-Sybase does not require customers to fully license every CPU and every core customers don’t have to dedicate or isolate ISV virtual machines to a set of vSphere Hosts. The reality is we live in a heterogeneous world, isolation and dedication of ISV vms  to specific hosts do not fit this model or any cloud model.

Lastly when discussing the performance delta of running databases on vSphere vs. pure physical hardware it needs to be discussed in the context of On-line Transaction Processing database like Sybase ASE. With vSphere 4.x and 5.x customers can typically expect performance deltas in the single digit range. So for example in the context of sub-second OLTP workloads, is an additional 5% significant to a 250msec transaction? Is that even discernable by the end user or application? That’s the relevant question and all that really matters to the application owner.

Check out the video below to hear more information about the announcement from Peter Thawley, SAP, VP of Global Database Solutions.

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