IBM is investing £21m over the next five years to support SAP enterprise software on its System z mainframe platform.
The company’s aim is to make its z9 Enterprise Class and Business Class servers a consolidation platform for SAP.
The programme, called IBM System z9 Advantage for SAP Applications, uses version 8 of the DB2 database, IBM’s System z Integrated Information Processor for data-centric applications, and the Integrated Facility for Linux.
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According to IBM, the set-up it can offer will improve business resiliency of high-end SAP application environments by offering features such as concurrent back-up and reorganisation capabilities.
Using IBM’s Parallel Sysplex technology (high-availability technology using mission-critical computing), users can run the operating system and perform database maintenance concurrently with SAP applications running, the company 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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