CEO / CIO Best Practices
SAP on Linux
Naji Almahmoud, Director,
Avoiding Vendor Lock-ins
Companies of any size and from any sector value the wide range of functions and services afforded by LINUX Enterprise Server — all with low license fees and sensible operating and maintenance costs. What’s more, SAP customers can benefit from a system that can cope with even the most exacting data center demands.
Flexibility Is Key
The Siemens group uses mySAP ERP Human Capital Management (mySAP ERP HCM) to handle its payroll requirements for 170,000 employees, but wanted to find a new strategic platform for their mySAP ERP HCM installation that would provide better monetary value than conventional reduced instruction set computer (RISC) servers while boosting performance at the same time. After various test runs with different Linux distributions, SBS selected the Novell SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server. The reason: In conjunction with the new Intel servers, the system returned the best performance data and promised easier migration.
A Groundbreaking Solution
A number of users have already deployed SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server successfully as a component in the Adaptive Computing infrastructure from SAP. One such customer is Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., a leading international automotive supplier with close to 23,000 employees in over 20 countries. Increasing globalization prompted Hella to merge its production and trading companies, which were spread around the world’s major automotive industry sites and operated locally. To harmonize its process and system landscape, the company had to extend the use of core SAP applications across the group. Hella met these requirements with the Adaptive Computing infrastructure from SAP, running on a system composed of blade and rack servers from Fujitsu Siemens, storage systems from Network Appliance, and a Novell SUSE LINUX operating system. Among its successes, the project boasts high availability, increased flexibility, simplified administration, and a TCO reduced by more than 30 percent. “We are pursuing an optimal IT strategy with our new infrastructure,” says Hans Sudkamp, head of finances at Hella. “It helps us to respond flexibly to the needs of the automotive industry and to offer top-quality, innovative products at reasonable prices around the globe.”
Major TCO Reduction
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