Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can

Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite
Customers Can Reduce TCO and
Boost Performance
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Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
Table of Contents
2 Executive Summary
4 Migrate to an Integrated Solution Optimized for
SAP Business Suite
4 Reduce TCO and Boost Performance on Dell/
SUSE Linux Systems
6 Game-Changing Benefits of Dell Systems
Running SUSE Linux
8 Dell and SUSE Linux at Work
9 SAP ASE: Lower TCO, Better Performance, and
Easier Manageability
11 SAP ASE at Work
11 Making the Transition Seamless and Low Risk
12 A Superior Platform for SAP Applications
Executive Summary
Forward-thinking enterprises that want to achieve
optimal performance, reduce total cost of ownership
(TCO), and avoid end-of-life issues on proprietary
Unix platforms are electing to migrate their SAP®
Business Suite applications to Linux x86 servers.
To ensure a successful transition, Dell and SAP have
brought to market an integrated solution comprising
high-performance servers and software and a market
leading database capable of reducing SAP Business
Suite customers’ TCO by 50% or more – freeing up
much-needed funds for IT innovation. And with
Dell ZeroIMPACT Migration, companies can reduce
potential risks and downtime associated with a
transition to Linux – helping them realize immediate
performance gains and an attractive time-to-value.
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
The x86/Linux platform also offers a clear road map for future
Today’s IT leaders are under relentless pressure to deliver
innovation, at a time when Unix usage continues to decline.
higher application performance and meet increasingly
This trend could mean that organizations that fail to plan a
aggressive SLAs. At the same time, they must find ways
proactive migration strategy in the near term run the risk of
to reduce the cost of existing systems and invest in new
being tied to obsolete, unsupported platforms down the road.
technologies that hold the potential to move their business
forward. Many organizations are achieving these goals by
Dell and SAP now offer a highly integrated x86/SUSE Linux
migrating away from expensive proprietary platforms for
solution that can cut TCO in half for SAP® Business Suite
their enterprise applications. In fact, analyst reports show
customers running on Unix – freeing up precious IT budgets for
a large – and growing – stream of enterprises moving from
business-enhancing new initiatives. In addition to CapEx and
proprietary Unix systems to open systems comprising x86-
OpEx savings, the solution from Dell and SAP provides many
based servers and the Linux operating system.
other strategic benefits, including heightened performance,
simplified administration, seamless scalability, and a
By making this strategic move, IT leaders can dramatically
comprehensive technology road map for the future.
lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) – a major competitive
advantage in an environment where 70% of typical IT budgets
Figure 1. Rise in Market Penetration of Linux Systems for
are consumed by simply running and maintaining existing core
Applications and DBMS
systems. Breaking this spending cycle allows IT leaders to free
up funds for innovative initiatives – even in the face of stagnant
budget levels.
Cost savings are paramount, but performance gains are equally
critical. Linux and the x86 architecture have overcome legacy
performance gaps and can now outperform Unix when it comes
to mission-critical applications.2 As a result, ERP scale-out
architectures on x86 platforms are fast becoming the standard,
rising from 10% penetration in 2005 to a projected 80%
penetration in 2017 for application and database management
systems.3 Analysts project that by 2017, 65% of applications
Source: REALTECH Consulting, October 2013
that were running on proprietary versions of Unix in 2012
will have migrated to x86 (primarily on Linux).3 (See Figure 1.)
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
Migrate to an Integrated Solution Optimized for
And Dell Active Infrastructure Solutions provide pre-integrated
SAP Business Suite
server, storage, and networking resources that accelerate
Dell and SAP recently expanded their partnership to help
delivery of IT services, speed time to value, and lower
SAP Business Suite customers smoothly migrate from
acquisition and management costs. Running atop this
proprietary Unix servers to Linux, with the ultimate goal of
hardware is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications.
helping them run their mission-critical applications at
This highly reliable, scalable, secure, and optimized server
heightened performance levels and at a lower TCO. The
operating system is built to power today’s physical, virtual,
result of this partnership is a fully integrated suite of solutions
and cloud applications.
that work in concert to reduce administrative overhead and
increase business agility. At the foundation of this offering are
The database that SAP Business Suite runs on can substantially
market-leading Dell Linux Servers and SAP® Adaptive Server®
impact application performance – as well as TCO. SAP ASE
Enterprise (SAP ASE).
is a high-performance database optimized for SAP Business
Suite applications. With SAP ASE, you can improve operational
Dell Linux Servers are based on the latest x86 processors.
efficiency and reduce licensing and maintenance fees by up to
They are built from the chip up to deliver extreme performance
50% – all while gaining extreme transaction processing and
for mission-critical applications – at a fraction of the cost of
unsurpassed reliability.
RISC/Unix. The performance gains are quantifiable; in fact,
SPEC benchmarks show that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
running on x86 servers is twice as fast as Oracle Solaris on
Reduce TCO and Boost Performance on
SPARC-based M4000 and M8000 servers.
Dell/SUSE Linux Systems
Dell provides the hardware foundation you need to successfully
run SAP Business Suite at high levels of performance, without
wasting IT budget on unnecessarily high server costs, licensing
fees, and maintenance costs. Dell’s solution for SAP Business
Suite users includes Dell Active Infrastructure and SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, which further helps
reduce TCO and increase business agility.
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
Maximize Efficiency with Dell Active Infrastructure
Dell Active Infrastructure allows you to deliver IT services more
efficiently and cost-effectively by providing an optimal platform
and converged infrastructure for your SAP Business Suite
applications. The Dell Active Infrastructure portfolio provides
service reference architectures – typically including servers,
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for
SAP Applications provides better
performance than proprietary Unix
platforms at a lower cost.
storage, and networking – for workload optimization, integrated
systems, and unified management. As a result, you can:
IT services more quickly. Your initial setup is faster
when you use solutions validated for pre-integrated systems
Dell addresses these concerns by including SUSE Linux
and their reference architectures. Dell also provides modular,
Enterprise Server for SAP Applications in its integrated solution
pre-sized building blocks that not only speed setup but also
for SAP Business Suite customers. SUSE Linux Enterprise
increase scalability.
Server for SAP Applications is specifically designed to support
IT service efficiency. Dell Converged Infrastructure
all SAP software solutions – including appliances – and provide
for SAP applications radically reduces the number of devices
better performance than proprietary Unix platforms at a lower
to cable, deploy, manage, power, and cool – and the number
cost. It’s validated and certified by SAP, and is the only
of tools required to do so.
operating system optimized for all mission-critical software
IT service quality. Dell’s pre-sized and
pre-built modular platform speeds initial setup and ensures
solutions and appliances based on the SAP NetWeaver®
technology platform.
ongoing performance reliability. Automated templates built
on best practices ensure that IT can deliver accurate,
Business continuity can also be ensured with SUSE Linux
consistent results with maximum speed. With Dell Active
Enterprise Server High Availability (HA) Extension, which
Infrastructure, organizations can scale quickly as business
integrates with SAP applications and holds the necessary
demands change and grow.
certification for SAP’s new generic HA interface.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications
With the productivity of thousands of business users dependent
on SAP Business Suite, IT leaders are justifiably cautious when
considering a migration. They must be certain that the Linux
platform can provide the reliability, availability, and performance
required by their organization.
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
Game-Changing Benefits of Dell Systems
Reduced licensing and maintenance fees. You can also
Running SUSE Linux
achieve significant savings in the form of reduced maintenance
For SAP Business Suite customers moving from a proprietary
fees and licensing fees. For example, support and maintenance
Unix platform, the Dell platform offers far more than reduced
costs for Sun/Oracle servers are typically higher than for
TCO. The Dell platform also delivers substantial performance
Dell x86 servers. And from a licensing perspective, x86/SUSE
improvements, greater flexibility for scaling out the infra-
Linux Enterprise Server is much more cost-effective than
structure, and a clearly defined road map for the future.
Sun/Solaris platforms.
Lower server costs. The high cost of proprietary processors
and hardware makes the move to today’s x86-based servers an
Figure 2. Dell, Intel Cost Advantage Over Oracle SPARC
easy choice. Dell x86 servers running SUSE Linux can be a
Oracle SPARC T5-2
Dell PowerEdge R820
3.6 Ghz
4x Intel Xeon E5 - 4650
2.7 GHz
the cost of Oracle Sparc-based T4 and T5 systems were 132%
Cores Per Processor
and 121% higher, respectively, than comparable Dell Intel Xeon
Threads Per Core
E5 servers. (See Figure 2.)
*First year Oracle Premier **Three years of Dell
Support for Systems
Pro-support, including
two-hour onsite service
Four x 10 GbE
Four x 10 GbE
List Price
Cost of Oracle vs.
Dell Servers
121% More
fraction of the cost of comparable POWER/AIX and Sun/Solaris
platforms. For example, a recent price comparison reveals that
Dell x86 servers running SUSE
Linux can be a fraction of the cost
of comparable POWER/AIX and
Sun/Solaris platforms.
*List price includes Oracle SPARC T5 premium maintenance support – one year
**List price includes Dell’s Pro Support – three years, two-hour onsite service
($26,800 savings on equivalent support)
Source: Internal Dell cost comparison.
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
Superior performance. Independent of cost benefits,
Enhanced scalability and flexibility. Dell/SUSE Linux lets you
companies that migrate from proprietary Unix to Dell/SUSE
scale out your server infrastructure based on your unique
Linux can also anticipate major performance gains. In recent
needs and timing. Proprietary Unix platforms require you to
years, x86 servers running Linux have routinely delivered better
scale up periodically by purchasing more powerful chips. For
performance than proprietary Unix servers. In one study, using
most companies, the scale-out model is more effective from the
the price/performance metric $/SAP Application Performance
standpoint of performance, agility, and cost-effectiveness. With
Standard (SAPS), the top 10 scores were recorded by x86/Linux SUSE Linux, you can easily continue to add individual servers
servers, which collectively averaged a 39% higher score than
or groups of servers as your business users demand more
the top Unix/RISC server.6 (See Figure 3.)
computing power.
In addition, x86 servers running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Clearer road map. In addition to cost, performance, and
are, across the board, two times faster than Oracle Solaris on
flexibility benefits of Dell/SUSE Linux, you can be confident in
SPARC-based M4000 and M8000 servers based on SPEC
the comprehensive road map for the platform’s future. Intel
benchmarks. And in tests certified by SAP on October 8, 2013,
x86/Linux servers have become mainstream solutions in SAP
a Dell PowerEdge 720 server achieved the highest score ever
data centers and are well suited to system landscapes defined
in the two-socket server category.
by both high performance requirements and high criticality.6
Since some Unix platforms are unlikely to be supported in the
Figure 3. Dell Delivers Double the Price/Performance of
Proprietary Unix Platforms Running SAP Applications
IBM Power 730
Dell PowerEdge 720
Power 7
Intel Xeon E5-2690
long run, waiting too long to develop a migration strategy could
leave an enterprise stranded on an obsolete platform.
Source: REALTECH Consulting, October 2012
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
Dell and SUSE Linux at Work
Ameco Beijing Reduces TCO by 46%
Burton Reduces Server Costs by 80%
Ameco Beijing provides a range of aviation services such as
As a dynamic global enterprise and leading manufacturer
maintenance, ground support, and equipment calibration.
of snowboard equipement, Burton operates 24/7 and its
To ensure that aircraft servicing is always conducted smoothly
success hinges on the ability to react quickly to changes in
and without costly delays, Ameco Beijing needed to eliminate
the marketplace. The company’s legacy Unix operating
bottlenecks in its mission-critical SAP ERP software system.
platform – and its expensive hardware, time-consuming
administration, and frequent outages – stood in the way of
To optimize performance, Ameco Beijing engaged Dell™
these business demands.
Services to migrate its SAP ERP software from a RISC-based
solution to a Dell platform running on Dell PowerEdge x86
To achieve the desired level of agility, Burton migrated all of its
servers, a Dell Compellent storage array, and a Dell
mission-critical systems to Dell servers running SUSE Linux
PowerVault tape library.
Enterprise Server, including the SAP ERP application, SAP
BusinessObjects™ business intelligence solutions, the SAP
With Dell/Linux, Ameco Beijing:
Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application,
and the SAP NetWeaver Portal component.
99.99% uptime to support aviation maintenance.
With Dell/SUSE Linux, Burton:
overall server-related costs by 80%.
99.999% uptime.
power consumption by 30%.
administrative time and costs by 40%.
total cost of ownership by 46%.
business agility by tripling system response speeds.
an estimated 50% in hardware acquisition costs.
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
A Multifaceted Approach to Reducing TCO
SAP Business Suite
running on SAP ASE recently
achieved the highest score for
two, four, and eight-processor
Linux performance results.
According to IDC, SAP ASE delivers 28% lower TCO compared
to other relational databases it studied.7 These compelling
savings are realized in three key areas: licensing fees,
maintenance costs, and storage costs. (See Figure 4.)
By migrating to SAP ASE, you can expect:
database fees. When you migrate to SAP ASE,
you can achieve significant up-front savings by cutting your
licensing and maintenance fees by up to 50%.
SAP ASE: Lower TCO, Better Performance, and
Easier Manageability
A migration from proprietary Unix systems to Dell/SUSE Linux
Figure 4. Total Cost of Ownership Savings with SAP® ASE
Versus Other RDMBSs
is an ideal time to reevaluate your underlying database solution
and consider the alternatives. SAP ASE is used by more than
30,000 customers around the world and has been proven in
some of the most demanding mission-critical environments –
including Wall Street and the U.S. military. By running your
SAP Business Suite applications on SAP ASE, you can realize
a wide range of benefits, including substantial cost savings,
enhanced performance, and greatly simplified administration.
Hardware – Servers
Hardware – Storage
(Percentage savings versus other RDBMSs)
Five-year savings per 100 users = US$128,580
Source: IDC, October 2011
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
administrative expense. SAP ASE requires fewer IT
Achieve Superior Performance Levels Across the Enterprise
resources and personnel to manage the database and
With SAP ASE, you can give business users the real-time
applications. According to IDC, DBAs spend 33%-40% less
responsiveness they need to access the information that powers
time on maintenance, configuration, and performance tuning
critical business decisions. SAP ASE is tightly integrated with
with SAP ASE than with competing databases.7
SAP Business Suite to offer business users major improvements
(See Figure 5.)
in application performance.
storage costs. Because the advanced compression
ASE and SAP Business Suite share a single development
functionality in SAP ASE can reduce the size of the raw
team, which helps ensure that the two solutions are optimized
SAP database by up to half, your storage requirements are
to deliver the highest possible levels of performance.
dramatically minimized.
ASE can scale to millions of transactions per minute,
and it’s a proven leader in mission-critical, no-downtime
environments such as financial markets and the military sector.
Figure 5. IT Staff Time Savings with SAP ASE Versus
Other RDBMSs
Business Suite running on SAP ASE recently achieved
the highest score for two, four, and eight-processor Linux
performance results on the two-tier SAP SD Standard
RDBMS Performance
Database Maintenance,
Patching, Upgrades
Data Archiving
(Percentage savings)
Source: IDC, October 2011
Application benchmark.6
Step Up to Simplified Administration
SAP ASE delivers the cost savings your executives demand
and the high performance your business users crave, but the
benefits don’t end there. Your IT team will benefit from the
platform’s tight integration. When you run SAP Business Suite
on SAP ASE, you can use a single toolset to manage your
SAP software systems – and you have only one vendor to
contact for support.
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
synchronizes upgrades and updates for SAP ASE
Rashi Peripherals Compresses Data by 60%
and SAP Business Suite, enabling you to leverage new
Rashi Peripherals is the leading value-added IT distributor in
services quickly and easily throughout your systems.
India, with 64 branches and 65 service centers – all of which
provides unified support for your applications and
the underlying database, so you can get quicker issue
run on SAP ERP. When the company’s database costs became
too high, Rashi migrated its SAP ERP software to SAP ASE.
resolution and eliminate finger-pointing between vendors.
SAP Solution Manager application gives you a single
application for managing your entire SAP software
environment, including applications and the database.
SAP ASE at Work
Redington Gulf Improves Performance by 100%
With SAP ASE, Rashi Peripherals:
better performance in first two months than it had
achieved in six years of tuning the legacy database.
60% data compression.
TCO through significantly simplified administration
that eliminated staff overtime requirements.
Redington Gulf is the largest end-to-end supply chain provider
database licensing and maintenance costs.
for IT distribution and support services across the Middle East,
its alignment with SAP’s vision and road map.
Africa, and Turkey. When the company faced increasingly
higher database licensing and maintenance costs, it migrated
its SAP ERP application to SAP ASE, and deployed its new SAP
Making the Transition Seamless and Low Risk
CRM software on SAP ASE.
For businesses that rely on enterprise applications to run and
manage their operations, downtime is simply not an option.
With SAP ASE, Redington Gulf:
To ensure uptime and business continuity, Dell Services offers
performance by 100%.
business-critical support, expertise, and practical experience
compression by 50%.
to help eliminate risks associated with typical platform
and enhanced administration through the
migrations. Dell ZeroIMPACT Migration for SAP applications
DBA cockpit.
database TCO by 50%.
enables SAP Business Suite customers to take advantage
of outstanding TCO and performance benefits of SAP ASE while
experiencing virtually no disruption to their production systems
during the transition. With ZeroIMPACT Migration, downtime
can be reduced to mere hours.
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
a ZeroIMPACT migration, the current production
A Superior Platform for SAP Applications
system operates as usual, enabling users to interact with
Organizations that run SAP Business Suite on proprietary
the system and maintain business continuity throughout
Unix platforms should consider a move to x86/SUSE Linux,
the process.
the comprehensive solution from Dell and SAP that offers a
consultants deploy Dell SharePlex™ technology, which
wealth of benefits. For starters, TCO for the servers’ operating
uses change data capture technology to track modifications
system and the underlying database can be reduced by 50%
to the current production database throughout the process.
or more. Tight integration of Dell’s Active Infrastructure and
Test Harness for SAP ASE further reduces your risk by
SAP applications and database helps ensure improved
letting you validate the functionality and performance
performance, enhanced agility, and lower administrative
characteristics of your new database before you perform a
support requirements. And with this solution, you can count
full migration.
on a comprehensive road map for the future for your
enterprise applications.
Dell and SAP make moving to this superior platform easy.
Dell ZeroIMPACT Migration minimizes risk and all but
eliminates downtime typical of platform migrations.
Don’t wait for your vendor to end-of-life your proprietary Unix
platform. Start planning your migration today. To learn more,
call your SAP or Dell representative, or visit us online at
Unix to Linux: How SAP® Business Suite Customers Can Reduce TCO and Boost Performance
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