SAP extends virtualization to Microsoft platforms

SAP's move doubles the reach of app virtualization to thousands of mutual SAP/Microsoft customers

SAP announced a move to extend the adaptive computing capabilities of its NetWeaver integration platform to Microsoft environments, among other product enhancements, on the opening day of the Cebit trade show.

In addition to the extended virtualization support, SAP announced Wednesday at a news conference a new version of its SCM (supply chain management) application, mySAP SCM, and a new version of its application management tool, mySAP Solution Manager.

The adaptive computing enhancements from SAP allow companies using both SAP's NetWeaver and Microsoft's operating systems to run multiple instances of enterprise software or databases on the same server through a "virtualization" of applications from hardware resources, the Walldorf, Germany, business application company said.

By making its adaptive computing capabilities available on Microsoft operating systems, SAP enables companies to virtualize not only current applications and databases, such as mySAP Business Suite and Microsoft SQL Server, but also new products from SAP and its partner independent software vendors (ISVs), in a move to lower costs and increase scalability.

With more than 50 percent of SAP applications running on the Microsoft platform, the extension doubles the reach of application virtualization to thousands of mutual SAP and Microsoft customers, according to SAP.

Last year, SAP and Microsoft agreed to jointly develop Mendocino, a product that links SAP's enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and Microsoft's Office products.

The new release of mySAP SCM has several new features, the company said. It offers new industry-specific functionality, including forecasting and replenishment for retail operations, and new capabilities for companies to synchronize their service supply chain operations with their product supply chain.

Running on the NetWeaver platform, mySAP SCM allows companies to create composite applications on top of the SCM application as well as other SAP and non-SAP applications.

In Hanover, SAP also announced the latest version of SAP Solution Manager, a set of tools to monitor the performance of their applications. The application is available to customers at no additional cost.

New features include a central and up-to-date overview of current issues, an end-to-end diagnostic capability to centrally analyze and monitor an entire NetWeaver-based system landscape including Java components and third-party applications, and a bidirectional interface for the exchange of messages between the Solution Manager and third-party help-desk applications.

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