According to Aberdeen, a major milestone in IT has just been passed – Phase I of the virtualization revolution is over! For the past three years, Aberdeen has followed trends in virtualization, and has found that currently, 55% of all applications are now deployed on virtualized servers (hypervisors). Of the applications that have deployed on virtualized servers, 65% of them are what Aberdeen calls “light apps” or apps that aren’t mission critical to the business (test, development, and e-commerce).
These apps have been deployed primarily to gain the benefits of server consolidation. According to Aberdeen, many companies that have virtualized have server consolidation rates of 10 – 12 apps per server, a reduction in server farms by 33%, and power/cooling/space savings by as much as 80% over previous years. Enterprise mission critical apps (email, database, business apps), or what Aberdeen calls “tier one apps”, have deployed at a far lesser rate; only 30 – 35% and this rate hasn’t budged much over the last 3 years.
But that’s about to change. We’re now moving into Phase II, or what Aberdeen describes as “virtualizing the most important apps”. This phase no longer focuses on the benefits of server consolidation, but on the ‘operational advantages’ gained by virtualizing. With VMware’s vSphere 5 which was made publically available in August of 2011”, virtual machines of up to 32 cores or up to a terabyte of memory can now be supported. Almost any application can gain the benefits of virtualization.
For more on how Virtualization Phase II focuses on flexibility, automatic resource allocation, high availability, and faster deployment of new applications listen to the following webcast.
Many SAP customers have virtualized not only their non-production applications, but their production environments as well. It can be done and it is being done TODAY.
HP Converged Infrastructure in combination with hypervisor technologies allows SAP customers to take advantage of a virtualized environment and has virtualization technologies to meet your business requirements. And, “virtualizing the most important apps” sets you up for what’s coming down the pike fast and furiously – cloud computing. Whether it’s private, public or a hybrid cloud environment, HP CloudSystem Solutions for SAP landscapes can help every step of the way. Access the following links to learn more about HP CloudSystem Solutions for SAP landscapes