White Papers by Company: VMware

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Southwestern/Great American - Vmware and Intel Technology Provide Rock-Solid Platform for SAP deployment

Learn how Southwestern/Great American has successfully run their SAP ERP on VMware solutions for several years. It all started when the company decided to transition its IT systems from a dual environment in which its SAP ERP ran off of a legacy IBM AS/400, while most of the company's other applications were running on Windows-based hardware. Southwestern/Great American chose to swap this dual environment for a leaner infrastructure based on VMware ESX and IBM blade servers with Intel Xeon processors that could run both SAP ERP and its Windows applications.

Virtualization Performance of SAP ERP on the Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series with VMware

The SAP ERP application helps companies address the ups and downs of markets, business cycles, and compliance by providing software solutions that include operations, financials, corporate services, and human capital management. With greater enterprise productivity and insight from SAP ERP, companies have the power needed to adapt quickly and cost-effectively to changing business, market, and industry requirements. By running SAP ERP in a virtualized environment, IT can add to these benefits by lowering IT costs and increasing data center and business agility. Intel Xeon processor 500 series-based servers offer extraordinary new value for virtualizing SAP solutions. They deliver near-native performance for applications running in virtual machines, while providing levels of reliability and scalability never before seen in industry-standard servers. They also adapt intelligently to changing workloads to deliver optimized performance per watt. Four-socket and larger servers based on this new processor family are ideal for virtualizing and consolidating heavy ERP workloads to reduce costs and increase agility without compromising performance.

Best Practices Guide: Microsoft Exchange 2010 on VMware

This guide provides best practice guidelines for deploying Exchange Server 2010 on vSphere. The recommendations in this guide are not specific to any particular set of hardware or to the size and scope of any particular Exchange implementation. The examples and considerations in this document provide guidance only and do not represent strict design requirements, as the flexibility of Exchange Server 2010 on vSphere allows for a wide variety of valid configurations. The ideal platform for Exchange would adapt easily to changing workloads, provide flexibility to accommodate changing demands on an organization's IT infrastructure, remain reliable and resilient despite system outages, and improve both staff and infrastructure hardware effectiveness. A new operational platform based on VMware vSphere™ can accomplish these goals."

Use Cases: Microsoft Exchange 2010 on VMware

Many VMware customers running Exchange 2003, 2007, and 2010 are already taking advantage of the benefits offered by virtualization to improve their organization's messaging capabilities and effectiveness. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 includes a number of enhancements in areas such as availability, architecture, remote access, operational efficiency, and improved end-user experience. For organizations not already using vSphere, the upgrade cycle from previous versions of Exchange to Exchange 2010 presents an ideal opportunity to begin leveraging the power and flexibility of virtual machine technology. This guide provides use cases and explains the primary technical benefits that can be achieved by deploying Exchange 2010 on VMware vSphere."

Essential Deployment Tips: Oracle Databases on VMware vSphere 4

Even the most demanding Oracle database workloads can now be virtualized with VMware vSphere and ESX 4 -- with greater than 95 percent of Oracle instances matching native performance. This paper provides the essential tips necessary to successfully deploy Oracle on VMware virtual infrastructure to enable database administrators (DBAs) to meet their performance and availability goals. This paper provides technical guidance when deploying Oracle databases on VMware vSphere. This document will also show that the same best practices, tuning tips and tricks, and skill sets necessary to deploy Oracle databases in physical environments can be leveraged when deploying Oracle databases in virtual environments.

Use Cases: Oracle Databases on VMware

Production database administrators are primarily concerned with scalability, performance and overall resource management. Deploying Oracle databases on vSphere is not significantly different from deploying Oracle on physical servers. Database architects can take advantage of the features and capabilities of vSphere to create their enterprise database strategy and next-generation scalable architectures. This paper provides use cases and benefits delivered by virtualizing Oracle databases on VMware vSphere.

Virtualizing Tier 1 Applications: A Critical Step on the Journey Toward the Private Cloud

Virtualization has evolved rapidly since it first began to be used on x86 servers in 2003, mainly for test and development. By 2007, the second generation, Virtualization 2.0, was under way, and the focus was consolidating production applications. Today, we are transitioning to the third era of virtualization deployment (3.0), which is taking on cloudlike attributes for highly virtualized and automatically managed internal deployments. The transition to adopting cloud-like deployments shifts the focus from early capex savings drivers to transforming IT into a service and delivering operational efficiencies. Crucial to the success of this transition to the cloud computing deployment model is the inclusion of tier 1 applications, the most complex and often business critical in nature to an enterprise. This IDC white paper includes two case studies and a sidebar highlighting the experiences of three enterprises with virtualizing their tier 1 applications, which include Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases and a Microsoft Exchange email system.

Virtualizing Business-Critical Applications on VMware vSphere

Business agility depends on IT agility, and VMware vSphere enables IT to deliver. By standardizing on the vSphere internal cloud to virtualize 100 percent of your applications, you can reduce capital and operational costs by 50 percent, while providing a more dynamic platform for applications that streamlines the entire "build-run-manage" application cycle. While virtualizing business-critical applications presents some unique challenges, the main legacy concerns around virtualization-specifically performance and ISV support-are a thing of the past. Application performance has improved steadily with multiple product generations, and with VMware vSphere, there is practically no application that cannot be virtualized from a performance standpoint. Run your business-critical applications, including Exchange, SQL, SAP, and Oracle, on VMware vSphere with breakthrough performance and outstanding reliability.

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