The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server platform was introduced 2 years ago. The first SAP installation on this platform happened shortly after that. Yet when CIO’s and Application Architects are asked if they plan on running their SAP instances on UCS, many times their initial response is, “huh”.
Companies who run their business on SAP, can take no chances. If their application shuts down, so does their business, costing them, depending upon the size of the business, millions of dollars a day and in some cases millions of dollars an hour. So why should they take a chance on running their application on a two year old Cisco server platform?
The reasons actually are very compelling:
- Cisco is a top tier server hardware partner with SAP
- Cisco is already a SAP hardware partner selected and certified for HANA
- Cisco is a SAP hardware partner selected and certified for Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA)
- The Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Server Platform was designed from the ground up, for virtualization
- The unique design of the UCS motherboard allows for up to four times the memory slots per blade chassis; no expansion chassis required. You can either increase the memory on your blade using 16GB DIMMS to satisfy software requirements or use more of the smaller 8GB DIMMS, utilizing the additional memory slots, satisfying your memory requirements and spending less.
- UCS blades are stateless and use software-based Service Profiles to manage the server. This means that you set up a profile once and are able to attach or reassign that profile to any blade added or already in use. In some cases this saves 2 to 3 days of configuration time and allows the blade to become active in as little as 30 minutes.
- Virtual Interface Cards are used in the Unified Computing System. You can assign 128 VM’s to a VIC. 2 cards are allocated per server. Instead of having 256 cables behind your server you now have 2.
So the question you have to ask yourself is this: “Is there still a risk?”
I believe the answer to be NO. UCS actually reduces the risk and reduces the total cost of ownership of an SAP instance because of the features I mention above.
So to answer the question, “If SAP Applications are installed and run on the Cisco Unified Computing System server platform but no one knows about it, do they really run?”, the answer is not only do they run, but they run better and saves you money while you do so.
Cisco has booth 2106 and is a Diamond Sponsor at the upcoming SAP SAPPHIRE event in Orlando, Florida, May 15-18. If you want to stop by, we can show you why UCS is becoming the server of choice for SAP installations.