IBM is planning to invest $40m over the next five years to support SAP on its System z mainframe platform.
Its aim is to make its z9 Enterprise Class and Business Class family of servers a consolidation platform for SAP.
The programme, called IBM System z9 Advantage for SAP Applications uses DB2 version 8, the company’s specialty System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP), a processor for data-centric applications and the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL).
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According to IBM, the setup it can offer will improve business resiliency of high-end SAP application environments by offering features like concurrent backup and reorganisation capabilities.
In a parallel sysplex (high availability technology used mission critical computing), the operating system and database maintenance can be done concurrently - with SAP applications running, IBM said.
One user of SAP on the mainframe is Endress+Hauser, a global manufacturer of process control equipment, which has moved its Unix-based SAP R/3 system onto a z900 running Linux.
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