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A New Approach To Lifecycle Management: Applying the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) Concept to Your Applications

SAP recognizes that customers are tasked every day to find ways to improve their business agility and speed of innovation, increase their service quality to both internal and external customers, improve their business continuity and reduce/minimize downtime, and ultimately drive down their total cost of ownership (e.g. both CapEx and OpEx).  SAP, along with other industry experts, believe this can be achieved by leveraging solutions which provide standardization, visualization, orchestration, and most importantly automation.

Why is automation so important?  Because automation is a key factor to help achieve lower operating costs, increased productivity (agility), higher availability and reliability (quality), and better performance (speed).  A recent article by Michael Vizard in CIO Insight titled, “Pressure for More Agile IT Organizations Grows” identifies some of the top factors driving automation in IT organizations, and suggests that without adopting more automation IT organizations simply won’t be able to scale.

Based on the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) concept that is being promoted by infrastructure vendors like VMware, Cisco, HP and others, SAP’s SDDC strategy will enable you to benefit from a similar level of automation for your SAP landscapes, including SAP and third-party applications.

If you are currently faced with any of these challenges:

  • Too many manual processes which take up too much time, introduce opportunity for error, and
    prevent strategic resources from being available to work on more important projects.
  • Little or no visibility into the actual operations and performance of the SAP and third-party
    applications across and within the IT landscape.
  • The line between infrastructure and applications is increasing blurred with new technologies
    such as virtualization and cloud, yet most tools don’t work across these boundaries.
  • Introduction of new technologies such as SAP HANA require more advanced tools to operate,
    maintain and optimize these new solutions and platforms.

Then SAP’s SDDC strategy for your applications will likely be able to help by providing you with the ability to:

  • Monitor and manage SAP systems in traditional and virtual/cloud infrastructures
  • Standardize and unify operational processes across your enterprise
  • Monitor the performance and availability of SAP and third-party applications
  • Proactively identify issues and resolve them before they impact users

By focusing on four main areas of IT operations – Provision, Operate, Maintain, and Optimize – the diagram below highlights some of the functionality provided in each area.


Which is achieved through use of the following products:

If you would like more information on SAP’s SDDC concept or any of the solutions mentioned in this article, please contact your SAP Account Executive or Jeff Anders, Solutions GTM for SDDC.

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