Server Consolidation for SAP ERP on IBM eX5 Enterprise Systems with Intel® Xeon® Processors: Lowering Total Cost of Ownership


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Source: Red Hat
Date: November 2010
Type: White Paper
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Overview: For many years computer processor performance improvements have been increasing at relatively steady rates. The recent introduction of the Intel? Xeon? 5600 Series and 7500 Series processors offers even greater performance per dollar than previous generations of server processors. With support for six and eight cores per processor, the significant jump in performance and efficiency of these latest processors is causing many IT organizations to reexamine their historic server refresh cycles and consider replacing servers sooner than previously scheduled and to migrate from alternative server architectures to servers with these latest x86-based processors.

By replacing current servers with the latest generation of Intel Xeon processor based servers, organizations are looking to reduce on-going expenses of their IT operations. In many cases these migration projects are able to reduce annual server related operating costs by up to 80% and pay for themselves in less than a year, based on the low costs of the server hardware. This paper by Alinean reviews the business case a large chemical manufacturing organization recently put together for migrating their SAP ERP system from Sun SPARC based servers to the latest IBM System x eX5 enterprise systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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